March 18 – 29
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Country: IRELAND, USA
Run Time: 83 minutes
Schull, a village in West Cork, lies on the impossibly scenic Irish coast. But its soil is black with all the bitter souls inhabiting it. Larry McCarthy is a sour man who pretends he's dying in order to get his son Jack back from America. When Jack arrives, he finds the old coot just wants him to go knocking on the doors of hostile villagers, collecting his debts for him. Jack and Larry have a bilious relationship, and their small talk consists mostly of cursing. Neither has come to terms with the long-ago loss of Jack's mother, who drowned on THE PIER while looking out for her husband's boat in a storm. Temporarily stuck in his native village, Jack befriends two sad boys whose dad drinks and whose mum is "away." One ray of sunshine is his friendship with Grace, an American woman looking for her roots. Writer-director Gerard Hurley stars with Lili Taylor in this contemplative film about the search for solace in the midst of emotional storms. – B.B.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Gerard Hurley was born in Ireland and emigrated to Switzerland when he was 16 to work with horses. He later went to America to work in Oklahoma oil fields and as a clown. Beginning in the 1990s, he took jobs with independent films and wrote numerous screenplays.
"The Pride" (2008), THE PIER (2011)
Black Equus Film Ltd.