The first edition of Irish Film Festival-Worldsalike,took place from febr. 29 till march 4 2012,at Metropolis-Empire-Sofil cinemas.
The opening of WORLDSALIKE, a weeklong cycle of films from Ireland, is the first of several projected screening cycles to be coorganized by Metropolis and a nongoovernmental organisation Nahwa al-Mouwatiniya,all featuring work from countries that have known some of the same political and social problems as Lebanon.
The first evening screening of The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan,and starring Stephen Rea,is a tragicomic drama adapted from a 1992 novel by Patrick McCabe of the same name. The Butcher Boy is about a 12 year-old boy, who becomes a problem child due to his bad parents.
Neil Jordan,won the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlin Intern Film Festival for the Butcher Boy.Uncon ventional sexual relationships are a recurring theme in Jordan's work,and he often finds a sympathetic side to characters, audiences would traditionally consider deviant or horrifying.
In addition to the unusual sexuality of Jordan's films,he frequently returns to the Troubles of Northern Ireland. First picture Angel (1982) is the story of Danny (Stephen Rea) a saxophonist who witnesses the murder of the band's manager.There is little reference to the Troubles but the violence and insecurity serve as a backdrop to Danny's search of the murderers.Breakfast on Pluto concern a transgender character and the Troubles played by Jordan leading actor Stephen Rea. This film makes surprising discoveries about friendship and family.It is also episodic,stylized and darklycomic.
WorldsAlike also includes Borstal Boy(2000),Peter Sheridan's biopic about the renowned Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan,and specifically his time in boys' prison.
Arguably the best film that Paul Greengrass ever made,Bloody Sunday(2002),fictionalizes events in the Ulster town of Derry on 30 jan. 1972 when British soldiers fired on a civil rights march, killing 14 people.The film is told from the perspective of civil rights activist and Northern Ireland MP Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt) .
Hunger(2oo8), the Palme d'Or winning feature-film debut of English director Steve McQueen,has been argued to be the most successful effort to sublimate Ireland's Troubles into a work of art.The film dramatizes the last days of Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), the political activist who led the 1981 IRA hunger strike to regain the political status the Thatcher regime had revoked in 1976.
Lelia Doolan's Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey (2011) explores the life of Bernadette Devlin,one of the icons of Northern Ireland's civil rights struggle, who was elected MP in Ulster when she was still a student, co-founded the Irish Republican Socialist Party and later survived an assassination attempt.
WorldsAlike, a week of Irish cinema invited special guests as director Lelia Doolan and actor Stephen Rea.
The Irish film industry has grown in recent years thanks partly to the promotion of the sector by Irish Film Board and the introduction of heavy tax breaks. In 2008, this sector has gone from 1000 people employed six or seven years ago, to over 6000 people in that sector now.
A decade ago Ireland has only two filmmakers anyone had heard of:Neil Jordan and Jim or Peter(brothers) Sheridan. Now, Ireland can boast more than a dozen directors and writers with significant and growing international reputations.