Irish Film Festival Boston to Screen Three Wildcard Titles as Gold Scoops Best Feature Award
The lineup for this year’s Irish Film Festival Boston has been released, and Wildcard Distribution’s films Gold, The Guarantee, and Standby are three highlights of a diverse and exciting programme.
Gold, which has been awarded the Best Feature Award will open the festival on the 19th of March with director Niall Heery in attendance, is a distinctive and original comedy-drama featuring standout performances from Maisie Williams (who this month picked up a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival) and the magnificently morose David Wilmot, as an estranged daughter and father attempting to rebuild their relationship after a decade apart.
The Guarantee, which will receive its US premiere at the festival, is an altogether more serious proposition. Skilfully condensing the political machinations surrounding the Bank Guarantee of 2008, and featuring a cast of familiar Irish faces including Love/Hate’s Peter Coonan as disgraced former Anglo chief David Drumm, the film is an intelligent political thriller that hearkens back to the genre’s ’70s heyday.
Standby, which screens on Saturday the 21st, is a romantic comedy that features the streets, pubs, and clubs of Dublin in a major supporting role. Starring Brian Gleeson, who recently finished an acclaimed stage run in The Walworth Farce with a couple of obscure relatives, and Jessica Paré, soon to be breaking out her best 70s wardrobe for the final season of Mad Men, as a couple of old flames rekindling their romance over one night in the fair city.
The Irish Film Festival Boston takes place from the 19th to 22nd of March 2015 in the Somervile Theatre, Davis Square.