23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival



The Boys and Girl from County Clare (Contemporary World Cinema)
2003 - Ireland - 94 minutes

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DIRECTOR: John Irvin
CAST: Bernard Hill, Colm Meaney, Patrick Bergin, Andrea Corr

Three brothers from County Clare, Ireland have played Ceili music since birth. The brothers’ relationship dissolved into sibling rivalry, however, after one left to chase big dreams and little ladies, leaving his brother to tend to the family property. After 30 odd years apart, they’re converging in their hometown to compete in Ireland’s biggest Ceili competition. With age-old grudges and familial allegiances are at stake, they’re prepared to lie, cheat and steal to win. But when their respective prodigies meet, allegiances are tested and secrets are revealed. Caught in the crossfire, the handsome flautist (Shaun Evans) and the star fiddler (Andrea Corr of the renowned Irish band The Corrs) begin to feel more than just music flowing between them. As drama and sparring ensue, everyone involved gradually realizes how hard it is to change the past. Chockfull of randy boozing and ribald comedic sequences, The Boys and Girl From County Clare recalls Milos Forman’s early work. John Irvin began making documentaries in the '70s, and in 1980 helmed his first feature, the Frederick Forsyth adaptation The Dogs of War (’81). Irvin also helmed Fred Astaire's final film, the horror tale Ghost Story (’81); Turtle Diary (’86), Hamburger Hill (’87), City of Industry (’97), and Shiner (’00), among others. –EC

PRODUCER: Wolfgang Esenwein, Ellen Dinerman Little, Evzen Kolar
SCREENWRITER: Nicholas Adams
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Thomas Burstyn
EDITOR: Ian Crafford
MUSIC: Fiachra Trench
PRINT SOURCE: IDP/Samuel Goldwyn

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