2018 TIRFF PROGRAM
The 8th Annual Toronto Irish Film Festival takes place Fri Mar 2nd to Sun Mar 4th at TIFF Bell Lightbox – map HERE. Tickets go on sale FEBRUARY 14th at 10am.
DOWNLOAD your TIRFF 2018 Program Guide HERE.
DOWNLOAD your TIRFF 2018 Press Release HERE.
FRI MAR 2nd | 7pm | A DATE FOR MAD MARY (trailer here) – Winner of the Best Film at the 2017 Irish Film and Television Awards, A Date for Mad Mary is a heartfelt dramedy about a woman recently released from prison seeking a date for her best friend Charlene’s wedding. When Charlene refuses Mary a plus one on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess, a lesbian wedding photographer, and everything changes.
SAT MAR 3rd | 2pm | THE BREADWINNER (trailer here) – Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Oscars, The Breadwinner features the beautiful animated work by Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea). This wonderful Ireland/Canada co-production tells the extraordinary story of an 11-year-old Afghan girl who finds strength in the love of her family and the power of storytelling. Co-presented by the Ontario Media Development Centre.
SAT MAR 3rd | 5pm | IRISH SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
DEPARTURE (trailer here) – In this hilarious animated short, an Irish grandmother stumbles into an unexpected departure from her lonely life.
THE CLIMB (trailer here) – Inspired by a heart-breaking true story, this short drama quietly explores the concept of feeling connected to someone you have lost by immersing yourself in something they loved. With breathtaking cinematography of the Northern Ireland countryside.
HOMECOMING (trailer here) – Beautifully shot in County Wicklow, this short drama is both heartbreaking and comforting as a young man struggles to find his place in the world after returning to Ireland.
THROWLINE (trailer here) – In this short documentary, a group of taxi drivers in Kilkenny join together to form a suicide prevention group. Uniquely positioned to patrol the night, the drivers keep vigil over the city’s streets and bridges and offer help to those in need.
THE DATE (trailer here) – In a strange, smokey bar on the edge of a rural Irish town, Sinead and Brian remember the love they once shared.
THE WIDOW’S LAST (trailer here) – Set in Ireland, during the third year of The Great Hunger, The Widow’s Last tells the story of Kathryn Healy, a hardened widow who fights to keep her young son alive during one of the darkest times in human history.
SAT MAR 3rd | 8pm | MAZE (trailer here) – Inspired by the true events of the historic 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from the infamous Maze prison in Northern Ireland. With an excellent lead performance by “Peaky Blinders” star, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, this powerful drama captures the quiet tension behind what would become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.
SUN MAR 4th | 1:30pm | ZOO (trailer here) – Based on a true story, this heartwarming drama follows the story of 12 year old Tom and his misfit friends as they fight to save Buster the baby elephant during the air raids on Belfast during World War II. With “Game of Thrones” star, Art Parkinson. Co-presented with TIFF Kids International Film Festival.
SUN MAR 4th | 4pm | GEORGE BEST: ALL BY HIMSELF (trailer here) – He was the Beatles of soccer – a handsome, charismatic lad from Belfast, Northern Ireland who worked wonders with the ball and thrilled Great Britain. But George Best was also the lead in a Shakespearean tragedy fueled by drink and excess. With never-before-seen footage and interviews, this captivating documentary traces the life of a true Belfast hero.
SUN MAR 4th | 7pm | IN THE NAME OF PEACE: JOHN HUME IN AMERICA (trailer here) – Narrated by Liam Neeson, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America is a compelling feature documentary about one of the most historic times in Irish politics. Dramatic, archival footage from The Troubles is paired with insightful interviews by Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Bono and Tony Blair, to capture the brave moment when Derry politician, John Hume, united both sides of the political landscape to carve out a lasting Peace for the people of Northern Ireland. Co-presented by the Irish Embassy of Canada.