8th February, 2020
(Drama, in the Irish Language.)
Directed by Bob Quinn. Written by Colm Bairéad.
Produced by Cinegael.
Tickets £8.00/ Festival £20.00
A sometimes hilarious, but fundamentally grim story about two poteen agents, Labhrás (Donal McCann) and Sleamhnan (Niall Tóibín), who steal their confiscated goods back from the Gardaí and cheat their elderly poteen-maker, Micíl (Cyril Cusack) out of his share of the money. Poitín made history in Connemara as the first feature film ever to be made in the Irish Language. Set against a desolate background Quinn’s raw and grim depiction of Irish rural life and living generated outrage when it was first screened in 1979. Images of stupidity and cruelty dominate this defiantly unsentimental film that, even today, retains its power to act as a riposte to idealisations of Ireland.
(65 mins) Ireland 1979.