Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. You can follow her on Twitter.
We know the Irish for their Celtic countryside roots, legged in Riverdance and legends of Loch Ness, knotted by generations of bred in the bone talented poets and storytellers.
From March 27th – 29th the Arts Court Theatre celebrates Ireland’s unique contribution to film at the first annual Irish Film Festival Ottawa, a three day event supported by the Irish Embassy, Culture Ireland, Irish Film Institute and CHIN Ottawa’s, The Gaelic Hour, among others.
The program includes a list of recent Irish screenplays, covering a spectrum of genres, from coming of age dramas like Kisses (2008) and Pilgrim Hill (2013) to thought-provoking documentaries (An Píopa, 2010) and powerful social/political commentaries.
Opening night will screen Galway Film Festival’s award-winning Gold, an unorthodox comedy and tale of love set in the suburbs of Dublin. Bring the kids to see Oscar-nominated feature animated film, Song of the Sea for a Saturday matinee or mosey your way over on a lazy Sunday evening to catch, Good Vibrations, a biopic based on the true story of Terri Hooley, coined as the “Godfather of Punk Rock” and its movement amidst the troubles of 1970’s Belfast.
Whether you’re in the mood for reflection and revelation, humour or hilarity, there’s something that is certain to suit the likes of everyone in the family.
View the trailer for Gold below:
Advance individual, 3-pack or 7-pack tickets are available online. Tickets are $12 at the door, seniors and youth pay $8. For complete film listings, schedules and trailers visit the website. Join the Facebook group and follow them on Twitter for future updates.