Chicago premiere! Mark O'Connor in person! Film Series : Irish American Movie Hooley 2018

Cardboard Gangsters

2017, Mark O'Connor, Ireland, 92 min. With John Connors, Fionn Walton.

Show Times

  • Sat, Sep 29th 8:00pm

"A searingly authentic piece of work…an urgency that grabs you by the throat." - Andrew Winter, Film Inquiry

"The Irish crime flick comes of age…the story fairly thrums with menace." - Declan Burke, Irish Examiner

This energetic gangster drama, Ireland's smash hit of the year, delivers a dark contemporary tragedy of Shakespearean scope playing out within the brutally territorial confines of a housing development on the outskirts of Dublin. Drugs rule, and local crime lord Derra (Jimmy Smallhorne) is the kingpin. Jason (Connors, Best Actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards) - a smalltime loser, part-time DJ, and mama's boy straining at the apron strings - wants what Derra has, up to and including the gangster's hard-eyed wife. Critics have referenced BOYZ N THE HOOD, but director O'Connor (BETWEEN THE CANALS) evokes a distinctly Irish milieu and culture, underlined by the unique sounds of Irish rap and rock, as Jason and his mouthy best friend Dano (Walton) take their foolhardy shot at the big time. DCP digital. (BS)

Saturday 9/29: Director Mark O'Connor is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.

Sponsor Slane Irish Whiskey will be present at all films during the Hooley. They will be serving whiskey samples and pre mixed cocktails to those coming to see the film over the age of 21. Visit their table in the lobby starting an hour before each screening.

IRISH AMERICAN MOVIE HOOLEY TRIPLE-BILL DISCOUNT! Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the Friday Movie Hooley film and get tickets for Saturday and Sunday at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount applies to the second and third feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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