The sixth annual San Francisco Irish Film Festival presents an impressive line-up of Irish film this year at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco. The festival will open with “Saviours,” a gripping documentary following young boxers from Dublin’s north inner city on Thursday, March 5 following a reception hosted by the Consulate General of Ireland.
‘Saviours’, the feature film on Friday, March 6th, is an intimate portrait of three young boxers, including Darren Sutherland who won bronze for Ireland at the Beijing Olympics. The boxers train at the St Saviours Olympic Boxing Academy, a safe haven from the dangerous reality of life in inner city Dublin. Under the guidance of the club’s canny coaches, the three boxers fight for a better life both inside and outside the ring.
Opening night will also include a screening of the ‘Hardy Bucks’ by Chris Tordoff and Martin Maloney. This mockumentary which follows the lives of Buzz and Eddie, two best friends in the west of Ireland, has been dubbed ‘Mayo’s answer to the Trailer Park Boys’ and is fast becoming an internet cult classic.
The second night of the festival will feature “32A” directed by Marian Quinn and starring Aidan Quinn. Winner of the Best First Feature Award at the 2008 Galway Film Fleadh, Marian Quinn’s ‘32A’ is a charming coming-of-age story set in ‘70s Dublin. With its retro soundtrack and superb photography, this nostalgic look at growing up in Dublin during the era of mullets and flares will strike a chord with anyone who remembers their first slow-dance at the school disco.
The Magners and Shorts program will include ‘Shapes’, ‘God and Napoleon’, ‘The Wednesdays’, ‘Spacemen Three’ starring Pat Shortt, the award-winning animated short ‘Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Atlantic’.