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Ciné Gael Montréal 2010
18th Annual Series


 J.A. deSeve Cinema,
 Concordia University,
 1400 de Maisonneuve West,

See schedule below for details.
 7:15 PM
  unless otherwise indicated.


Admission for Non-members:
 $10 for the Opening Film and Reception
 $7 for each of the other screeenings  $20 Weekend of Short Films
 $20 Gala Closing
Admission for Members:
 $60 for a year long membership
 which includes all screenings and receptions
 plus special events throughout the year for members only.

February 12th: 

Opening Night & Reception

Guest Speaker:
John Griffin,
Film Critic,
Montreal Gazette


Film: His & Hers (D: Ken Wardrop, 2009)

His n Hers "This is the debut feature film from director Ken Wardrop, who in a few short years has established himself as a distinct new voice in Irish filmmaking. His & Hers is a creative documentary, which chronicles a ninety-year-old love story, through the collective voice of seventy ladies. Using his mother’s life as inspiration, the filmmaker has created a film that explores how we share life’s journey with others.

The hallways, living rooms and kitchens of the Irish Midlands become the canvas for the film’s rich tapestry of female characters. The story unfolds sequentially through young to old and the characters are charmingly abashed; while the younger contributors are animated in discussing their relationship with their other halves, the older women discuss their love, and often their bereft love, with grace and candour. His & Hers is an investigation into the ordinary to discover the extraordinary. It finds comedy in the mundane, tragedy in the profound and provides an original insight into life."

Cine Gael audiences who have attended our short film evenings will remember Ken Wardrop's fascinating short documentaries, such as Undressing my Mother, Useless Dog, and Farewell Packets of Ten. In his debut feature Wardrop keeps his signature style (and, of course, a cameo from his beloved Mum!) to great acclaim: this beautiful film earned the Best Irish Film award at the Galway Film Fleadh, and Cine Gael will be receiving the film hot off the projectors at the Sundance Film Festival.

February 24th:

The Boys of St. Columb's

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Maurice Fitzpatrick

Co-presentation with
Concordia Irish Studies
FREE event


Film: The Boys of St. Columb's (D: Tom Collins, 2009)

The Boys of St. Columb In 1947, a British Act of Parliament granted free secondary education to Northern Irish children for the first time. This film tells the story of eight schoolboys from this first generation who were born into social division and low expectation. This new era of education changed their country forever and led them to become some of the most important figures in Irish culture in recent history. Featuring: Seamus Heaney, Seamus Deane, and John Hume.

February 26: (TBC)


Shalom Ireland (57min)
The Vines of Inis Meáin

Guest Spearker:
Dr. Anne Vallely


Film: Shalom Ireland (D: Valerie Lapin Ganley)

Shalom Ireland "Shalom Ireland is a one hour documentary about Ireland's remarkable, yet little known Jewish community.   Shalom Ireland chronicles the history of Irish Jewry while celebrating the unique culture created by blending Irish and Jewish traditions.  From gun running for the Irish Republican Army during Ireland's War of Independence to smuggling fellow Jews escaping from the Holocaust into Palestine.   Shalom Ireland tells the untold story of how Irish Jews participated in the creation and development of both Ireland and Israel". For more informaiton on the film visit

Film: The Vines of Inis Meáin (D: Deirdre Ni Chonghaile)

Deirdre Ni Chonghaile retraces the steps of her ancestor James Concannon who immigrated from Inis Meain (in the west of Ireland) to America in the 1860s. Like many an immigrant before him he tried his hand at various trades until he lucked out when he learned how to grow grapes and make wine. His CONCANNON wine is still thriving today. The film is in Irish with English subtitles.

March 13: 

Five Minutes of Heaven


Film: Five Minutes of Heaven (D:Oliver Hirschbiegel)

Starring Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt: Lurgan Northern Ireland, 1975. A low level civil war has been underway, with the IRA targeting British loyalists and the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force exacting revenge on Catholics they claim are militant republicans.

[from SunDance] The latest film from Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is a simple, straightforward, and very sincere story that covers some rather fascinating issues: The cyclical nature of violence, the difficulties inherent in forgiveness, and the importance of being able to defeat tragedy and go on to live a happy life. If it sounds like a dark and slightly depressing story to hear, well that's the good news. For all its stark honesty and confrontational emotions, the messages found in Five Minutes of Heaven are refreshingly humane and hopeful.

We open in mid-'70s Belfast, and a very young Alistair Little is about to commit a heinous act. Fueled by streetwise fury and a need to prove himself, Alistair assassinates another young man, leaving his little brother as the horrified witness to the act. Poor Joe Griffen has just began a cycle of tragedy that would defeat most people: Dead brother, accusing mother, heartbroken father ... one act of horrible violence leads to a ripple effect that virtually destroys Joe's life.

So when a TV series tracks him down, more than thirty years later, hoping to put victim and killer in the same room, Joe's first impulse is to grab a giant knife and plan some late-yet-well earned revenge. Alistair, for his part, is justifiably tortured by his memories, and he seems completely intent on helping Joe to heal. Problem is, for all of Alistair's good intentions, the simple fact is that he DID kill Joe's brother, and (in a roundabout way) destroyed Griffen's entire family. So, really, how is Joe supposed to forgive Alistair for his horrible crime? Lord knows I couldn't do it.
Bolstered by a smart, insightful screenplay, directed with low-key style and restraint, and supported by two fantastic performances (Liam Neeson as the killer, James Nesbitt as the survivor), Five Minutes of Heaven shuffles some very difficult themes and emotions -- and it succeeds on sheer force of honesty, intelligence, and wisdom. This is a film that understands why a man would have every right to kill another one ... but it's also a film that wants to focus on what happens to the one who does the killing. Once his "five minutes of heaven" (aka sweet, cold revenge) are up.
Best of all, Five Minutes of Heaven is a movie that trades in harsh, dark material, but it never loses sight of the true nature of humanity. Joe craves retribution, he needs and deserves it ... but that doesn't mean he should get it. It's not a sudden and horrible crime that ruins a life; it's how one actively deals with the aftermath that defines his future.

Friday March 26 &
Saturday March 27:

Weekend Of Short Films


Weekend of Short Films 2010

Cine Gael Montreal gratefully acknowledges the assistance of The Irish Film Archive of the Irish Film Institute in assembling this programme of short films.
Please visit the Irish Film Institute online at

New Award-Winning Short Films from across Ireland
Introduced by Kester Dyer, co-programmer
Friday, March 26, 2010 – 7:15pm

Our annual selection of shorts from across Ireland includes award-winning documentary, live-action, animated and Irish-language films. This year’s program, as always, includes a variety of styles and perspectives. Audience members will be invited to vote for their favourite film.

New and Classic Shorts for All Ages
Introduced by Guinness Rider, filmmaker
Saturday, March 27, 2010 – 3:15pm

A special addition to this year’s shorts program, this matinee screening features high -quality short films suitable for audience members aged 8 to 108.  With Oscar-nominated classics such as Dance Lexie Dance and Give up yer aul Sins, as well as new live-action and animated shorts, these films are sure to entertain young and old alike.

Reception at McKibbin’s Irish Pub
Saturday, March 27 between afternoon and evening screenings

All ages welcome.

Retrospective of Cine Gael Montreal Favourites from Past Years
Saturday, March 27, 2010 – 7:15pm

Introduced by Heather Macdougall, co-programmer

By popular demand, we are bringing back the very best shorts from past years, as voted for by you, the Cine Gael audience.  This is your chance to experience these extraordinary shorts again on the big screen. We will also announce the winner of this year’s audience vote at the beginning of the screening.

April 16:

A Shine of Rainbows



Film: A Shine of Rainbows (D: Vic Sarin, 2009)

The gorgeous Irish coast serves as a backdrop to skilled director Vic Sarin's latest cinematic endeavour.

Shine of Rainbows Young Tomas (John Bell) has a gentle and unassuming personality that makes his life as an orphan unlivable. His helpful nature is interpreted as weakness, and the other boys at the orphanage bully him. Then, one day, a colourful and kind woman named Maire O'Donnell (Connie Nielsen) sweeps in and infuses his once-cheerless existence with love, laughter and the belief in magic. After being whisked back to enchanted Corrie Island off the West Coast, Tomas grows and comes into his own under Maire's care and understanding--but her reserved husband (Aidan Quinn) can't hide his lack of interest in the child.

Just when Tomas begins to come out of his shell and see the goodness in the world and the people around him, Maire's delicate health takes a turn for the worse. Will her husband, who has not been able to accept Tomas as his son, be able to step up to the responsibility of loving and nurturing Tomas as Maire does?

Sarin's strong background in cinematography is evident in this stunningly rendered Irish tale. A story of acceptance, kindness and the healing power of love, A Shine of Rainbows is sure to warm the hearts, bring tears to the eyes and put a smile on the face of all who watch it.

April 22: 

Closing Film & Reception

The Trotsky

With Special Guests:
Jacob Tierney,
Kevin Tierney,


Film: The Trotsky (D: Jacob Tierney, 2009)

Note: Both the director, Jacob Tierney, and the film's producer, Kevin Tierney, will be in attendance.

"Jacob Tierney's hilarious The Trotsky follows Leon Bronstein (the phenomenal Jay Baruchel, in a star-making performance), a precocious Montreal teen who fervently believes himself to be the reincarnation of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. He's determined to duplicate every aspect of Trotsky's life, including being exiled, at least twice, and ultimately assassinated. His most pressing issues right now, though, are finding his Lenin and an older wife, preferably named Alexandra.

The Trotsky - Dir Jacob Tierney When Leon tries to unionize his father's factory after working there for less than twenty-four hours, he's punished by having funds cut off for the ritzy private school he's been attending. Forced to enrol in a public high school, Leon finds his revolutionary zeal immediately tested when he meets the crusty, dictatorial Principal Berkhoff (Colm Feore) and his henchwoman, Mrs. Davis (Domini Blythe). Do the students he's desperately trying to organize genuinely care about their lot in life? Or, as Berkhoff maintains, are they just apathetic?

Possibly the most intriguing creation in recent English Canadian cinema, Leon is two parts Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything and three parts the dogma-spouting volunteers from Ken Loach's Land and Freedom. Baruchel, whose previous credits include Tropic Thunder and Million Dollar Baby, gives Leon just the right mixture of hysteria and adolescent angst.

Baruchel's comrades-in-arms include Saul Rubinek as Leon's put-upon father; AnneMarie Cadieux as his stepmother; Michael Murphy as aging radical Frank McGovern; the legendary Geneviève Bujold as the head of the school board; and the luminous Emily Hampshire as Leon's intended, Alexandra.

One of the most appealing aspects of the movie is that it is unreservedly Canadian and packed with very specific, slyly funny cultural references, ranging from gags about the French-English divide in Montreal to Ben Mulroney's ancestry." - Steve Gravestock

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