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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival
Carmel Winters and Toma McCullim in person!

Float Like a Butterfly

2018, Carmel Winters, Ireland, 101 min.
Hazel Doupe, Dara Devaney

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 29th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 30th 5:00pm

“Gloriously unruly…[a] crowd-pleasing combination of girl power and heart-swellingly lovely Irish traditional songs.”--Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

From the producers of ONCE and SING STREET comes this triumphant, rowdy, music-filled tale of a fifteen-year-old Irish traveler girl with a hero-worshipper’s love for Muhammad Ali and a fierce yen to step into the ring herself. The ostracized gypsy caravan of young Frances’s (Doupe) clan has been stalked by tragedy and trouble from her earliest childhood, and her dad has drunk away even the family’s paltry savings. Rural Ireland is touched by the social upheaval of the Sixties, old ways are chaotically giving away to new, and Frances defies tradition that would have her soon married off to any man who can ante up a bride price to her dad. Making liberal use of Irish traditional tunes, director Winters (SNAP) takes her spunky heroine on a rousing and empowering journey that doesn’t spare a look at the dark side as Frances fights for the right to a self-determining future. Winner of the FIPRESCI (International Critics) award at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Westend Films Ltd. (BS)

Director Carmel Winters and production designer Toma McCullim are scheduled to appear at both screenings.

The Saturday screening and filmmaker appearance is generously supported by the EU Policy and Outreach Partnership in the USA. Ticket holders are invited to a reception sponsored by EUPOPUSA in our Gallery/Café immediately following the program.

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