Tuesday, 15 February 2011

The Toronto Irish Film Festival announces 2011 programming

TORONTO, ON (February 15, 2011) – The inaugural year of The Toronto Irish Film Festival (TIRFF) will feature the critically acclaimed documentary His and Hers, as well as The Secret of the Kells and two animated Oscar nominated shorts Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty and Give Up Yer Aul Sins on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

"TIRFF aims to showcase the very best of Ireland's vibrant cinema to film lovers of all backgrounds," says Michael Barry, TIRFF co-founder. "With the strong program of films we're announcing today, TIRFF offers a unique cultural destination for Toronto's Irish community to connect with the culture and language of back home through the magic of cinema."

A critical success at Sundance, the Dublin International Film Fest, London Film Festival and Galway Film Fleadh, Ken Wardrop's documentary His and Hers combines observation and charm to tell a 90-year-old love story through the voices of 70 women.

"We couldn't be more pleased to present His and Hers. TIRFF's programming reflects the variety of unique films that are coming out Ireland," notes John Galway, TIRFF co-founder.

TIRFF's family screening is from the producers of the Oscar nominated The Secret of the Kells. Transporting viewers to a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, young Brendan (Evan McGuire) embarks on a forbidden adventure telling the story of the mystical Book of Kells.

TIRFF will also be presenting two unique shorts by internationally-recognized Irish animation studio, Brown Bag Films. A character in Irish writer Kathleen O'Rourke's stand-up comedy show inspires the first, Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty. The second, Give Up Yer Aul Sins, re-imagines the story of John the Baptist from 1960s interviews with Dublin school children.

Tickets are now available online through the TIFF box office.

A post-screening reception will follow the festival at Gracie O'Malley's on March 6th starting at 6:00 pm.
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Submitted by Michael A Barry

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