The British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg 2020

The full programme for the 11th annual British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg (BIFFL) has been announced and includes no less than eight (8) Irish (co-)productions, of which two are in Irish (with EN sub-titles). All 8 films will have post-screening Q&As, with 7 of these with the director/actors joining online, and just the Luxembourg co-production having the director, co-producer and members of the cast in attendance.

The festival brochure/programme is available to be posted to you FREE-OF-CHARGE – just send an email to geoff@bifilmseason.lu with your name and address.

IRISH (CO-)PRODUCTIONS

  • Sat 19 Sep @ Ciné Utopia @ 19:00: A Bump Along the Way (NI, 95 mins) by Shelly Love (Q&A with producer Louise Gallagher and actor Bronagh Gallagher)
  • Sun 20 Sep @ Ciné Utopia @ 16:30: The Tribe of Gods (IE, FR, 92 mins) by Loïc Jourdain – in Irish with EN sub-titles (Q&A with film-maker Loïc Jourdain)
  • Mon 21 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 20:30: The Last Right (IE, 106 mins) by Aoife Crehan (Q&A with director/writer Aoife Crehan)
  • Tue 22 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 20:30: The Castle (IE, LT, 115 mins) by Lina Luzyte (Q&A with director/co-writer Lina Luzyte)
  • Wed 23 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 20:30: Arracht (IE, 86 mins) by Tom Sullivan – in Irish with EN sub-titles (Q&A with actor Seán T. Ó Meallaigh)
  • Thurs 24 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 20:30: Bruno (IE, EN, 94 mins) by Karl Golden (Q&A with actor Diarmaid Murtagh)
  • Fri 25 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 20:30: Breaking Ice (IE, 70 mins) by Jason Branagan (Q&A with director Jason Branagan)
  • Sat 26 Sep @ Kinepolis-Kirchberg @ 19:00: Awards & The Racer (IE, LU, BE, 97 mins) by Kieron J. Walsh (Q&A with co-producer Jesus Gonsalez and director Kieron J. Walsh.

 

BRITISH (CO-)PRODUCTIONS

  • Tue 8 Sep @ Ciné Utopia @ 19:00: The Personal History of David Copperfield (EN, US, 119 mins) by Armando Iannucci – a number of tickets for this Avant-Premier which is outside the main festival are available
  • Fri 18 Sep @ Ciné Utopia @ 19:00: The High Note (EN, US, CH, 113 mins) by Nisha Ganatra
  • Fri 18 Sep @ Ciné Utopia @ 21:30: Strange But True (EN, CA, 95 mins) by Rowan Athale
  • Sat 19 Sep @ Ciné Utopia @ 16:30: Sulphur & White (EN, 121 mins) by Julian Jarrold (Q&A with director Julian Jarrold)
  • Sat 19 Sep @ Ciné Utopia @ 21:30: I See You (EN, US, 96 mins) by Adam Randall
  • Sun 20 Sep @ Ciné Utopia @ 19:30: The Keeper (EN, DE, 120 mins) by Marcus H. Rosenmüller

Tickets cost €9 (plus admin fee) from www.luxembourg-ticket.lu,  with Season Special Tickets (€35 for 5 films) and Ticket Bundles (€15 for 2 films; €20 for 3 films) available from tel: 470895-1. Some tickets may be available for purchase at the door of some screenings, but cannot be guaranteed.

In addition to the screenings:

  • an Online Seminar entitled “Short Films: Business or Pleasure” takes place on Wednesday 23 September @ 18:00 – 19:00 (free entry; in collaboration with the Ireland-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ILCC) – register by email: info@ilcc.lu); and
  • a Film Quiz is being organised on Wednesday 14 October @ 19:00, online (tables of 2-4, €15/person) – register by email: geoff@bifilmseason.lu

The British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg (BIFFL) is organised by G-Media sarl with the support of the Irish Club of Luxembourg.

See www.bifilmseason.lu  for full details (synopses, trailers, events, etc.).

St Patrick's Day Céilí for Kids

Edit 05/03/2020: The COVID-19 virus is continuing to spread and appears to be easily transmitted. As céilí dancing involves a high level of interaction, we have decided it would be prudent to cancel our events on 14 March.

☘ Céilí for Kids ☘

Where: Gasperich Parish Hall
36 Rue de Gasperich L-1617, (beside the church)

When: Saturday 14th March 2020

Time: 14.30-16.00

Entrance: EUR 5 (free for members)

St Patrick's Day Ceili – Saturday 14th March

Edit 05/03/2020: The COVID-19 virus is continuing to spread and appears to be easily transmitted. As céilí dancing involves a high level of interaction, we have decided it would be prudent to cancel our events on 14 March.

 

We will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Gasperich on Saturday 14th March 2020.

Live music with the Kitchen Quartet and friends. Tickets €10 on the door (free for members). Doors open 7.30pm, céilí dancing starts 8pm.  Cash only bar.

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TABLE QUIZ – 16th October

The Ireland Stand of the International Bazar will hold its annual Table Quiz in Hollerich on 16th October 2019. Admission: € 12 (includes 1 drink)

 Table Reservations:   

Annette Power      Tel.  33 98 84 — annettepower@gmail.com

Gerri Egan           Tel.  43 26 36 — lawlor51g@gmail.com

Alison Lavender   lavender@pt.lu

Ireland’s Top Comedienne to Perform in Luxembourg

Following on from the success of last year’s production of “Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer”, the Irish Club of Luxembourg and Comhaltas Luxembourg asbl are combining forces again to bring Ireland’s top comic, actress and comedienne Deirdre O’Kane to Luxembourg for her new stand-up routine “A Line of O’Kane” on Friday 11 & Saturday 12 October at 19:30 at the Altrimenti Cultural Centre.

 

Tickets €20 from the Luxembourg Ticket office

“Deirdre O’Kane has really hit her stride. Footloose following a glittering turn on Dancing with the Stars and revelling in her return to stand-up, don’t miss Deirdre at her hilarious best in a straight-talking look at twelve frantic months in the life of this tango-tripping, family-minding, telly-making, house-moving, comedy dynamo.” 

Warm-up: Sundeep Bhardwaj, fresh from his one-man show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival

 

10th anniversary British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg

The 10th anniversary British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg is taking place from this Friday 13 September until the following Sunday week, 22 September 2019, and features 16 feature films and a shorts programme (Irish films).

Tickets cost €9 from www.luxembourg-ticket.lu, with a Season Special Ticket at €30 (for 5 screenings), tel: 470895-1.

This year there are six Irish feature films, with the supernatural comedy “Extra Ordinary” opening the festival on Friday evening – the same evening as it opens in Ireland.

Synopses of the Irish Films:

Extra Ordinary (supernatural comedy) on Fri 13 Sep @ Kinepolis Kirchberg @ 19:00: An Irish comedy featuring a sweet & lonely driving instructor with supernatural abilities that allow her to communicate with spirits; however, she is reluctant to use her “talents” as her father died the last time she did. When a widower contacts her pleading for help as he is haunted by his dead wife’s spirit, things take a sinister turn when an aging rock star seeks a virgin sacrifice. Hilarious with twists, turns, ectoplasm and haunted wheelie bins. See https://www.luxembourg-ticket.lu/en/8/eid,24349/extra-ordinary.html

Rosie (drama) on Sat 14 Sep @ Ciné Utopia @ 19:00 (written by Roddy Doyle): tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless. See https://www.luxembourg-ticket.lu/en/8/eid,24350/rosie.html

Alcock & Brown, the True Story (documentary) on Thurs 19 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 18:30: 14 June 1919 will remain one of the most important dates in aviation, when John Alcock (from Manchester) and Arthur Brown (from Glasgow) became the first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic, from Newfoundland to Clifden in Ireland. The film recalls the early days of aviation and how the achievement came about. Was screened in Clifden for the centenary celebrations this June. Truly fascinating. The director will attend. See https://www.luxembourg-ticket.lu/en/8/eid,24359/alcock-and-brown-the-true-story.html

The Man Who Wanted To Fly (documentary) on Tue 17 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 20:30:: Five years in the making, this is a story of never stopping believing in dreams. Bobby Coote, now in his 80s, left school at 13 and spends most of his time fixing clocks and making violins, but he has never lost sight of his lifelong dream to fly. He organises a runway in a field and builds a hangar. Now he must buy a plane with his life savings…  all the time when his brother thinks the whole idea is mad. A fascinating insight into many layers of Irish rural life, but Bobby is determined to get airborne, despite many setbacks. The director will attend. See https://www.luxembourg-ticket.lu/en/8/eid,24360/the-man-who-wanted-to-fly.html

Note: Documentary Double Bill (€15 for the 2 screenings; with a surprise for all) for “Alcock & Brown, the True Story” and “The Man Who Wanted To Fly”. Tel: 470895-1.

Educating Rita (drama) on Thurs 19 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 20:30: Cinémathèque’s Screening (Vintage Print). Shot in and around Trinity College Dublin, set in London; 27 year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband. She joins an open university literature course and is tutored by a middle-aged alcoholic and debauched professor from the upper-class whose life has left him emotionally drained, without self-esteem. Rita’s humour and determination to improve herself is contagious; she gives motivation to Frank who helps prepare her for the exams to join the university… See https://www.luxembourg-ticket.lu/en/8/eid,24372/educating-rita.html

Never Grow Old (western; IE/LU/BE/FR) on Fri 20 Sep @ Cinémathèque @ 20:30: An Irish undertaker profits when outlaws take over a peaceful American frontier town, but his family comes under threat as the death toll rises. See https://www.luxembourg-ticket.lu/en/8/eid,24374/never-grow-old.html

Irish Shorts Programme on Sun 22 Sep @ Kinepolis-Kirchberg @ 13:30, preceded by a Walking Brunch at 12:00 (€40 includes film ticket). The shorts programme includes, amongst others, “Triúr a Bádh” (in Irish with EN sub-titles) with Máire Ní Nuanaín (90 years old who will be in attendance). See https://www.luxembourg-ticket.lu/en/8/eid,24440/shorts-programme-%2b-walking-brunch.html (brunch & short films) & https://www.luxembourg-ticket.lu/en/8/eid,24376/shorts-programme.html  (short films only)

For full details, see www.bifilmseason.lu,  ticketing online at www.luxembourg-ticket.lu

 

Trip to Tenneville – Sunday 8 September 2019

Trip to Tenneville – unveiling of plaque to Matthias Barnewall

We are organising a bus to attend the unveiling of the plaque and will put on an exhibition of Irish music and dance.

If you are interested in joining the trip, can you please contact us at comhaltas.lu@gmail.com to reserve a place.

Tenneville 2019

Tenneville is a village in the Ardennes, midway between Luxembourg and Namur on the N4 that was previously the main road to Bruxelles. Less than two kilometres away is the site where the Battle of Ortheuville took place on 10 September 1692. It was a minor confrontation that was part of the Nine Years War that lasted from 1688 to 1697 between France and a European Coalition of Dutch, German and British armies. General D’Harcourt led a force of 3,500 men including Irish cavalry against a similar sized force of Germans from Brandenburg. It was a brief encounter, Harcourt ordered his cavalry to charge before the Germans had established their lines and they routed the enemy. From an Irish perspective the victory had a bitter taste as amongst the fallen was Matthias Barnewell, Lord of Trimleston, county Meath. Aged only 22, he was already a veteran who had been present at the Siege of Limerick where he was an exchanged hostage and who had left Ireland with Sarsfield and 20,000 other soldiers after the infamous Treaty.

Barnewall was buried at the Church of St Gertrude in Tenneville and a large tombstone was laid to commemorate him. The belfry of the Church had been refurbished in 1682 and the Church was a new edifice at that stage. In the centuries that followed, the church fell to neglect and was finally deconsecrated in 1957. The church was classified as a national monument in 1985.

On Sunday 8 September, as part of the National Heritage day celebrations, a plaque will be unveiled to explain the significance of the tombstone. From a local perspective, the tombstone highlights how that part of Belgium was once the front line of a pan-European conflict. From an Irish perspective, the tombstone represents the start of a terrible decline as the young officer that died was part of an elite who left Ireland in the hope of returning to reclaim their country. Instead, the Wild Geese were to fight and fall at many battles around Europe. Sarsfield too died a year later and was buried at Huy.