Chicago European Union Film Festival 2018
Chicago premiere!

Song of Granite

2017, Pat Collins, Ireland/Canada, 114 min. With Macdara Ó Fátharta, Leni Parker.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 10th 3:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 15th 6:00pm

"If Andrei Tarkovsky had grown up in rural Ireland, he might have made a biographical cine-memoir as luminously beautiful…a mesmerizing modernist memorial to ancient Celtic traditions." - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

This poetic portrait of the life of traditional Irish folksinger Joe Heaney is less a documentary than a set of impressionist tableaux that capture the mood of the hard, spare life of Heaney's rural childhood and the footloose career as a laborer and pub-singer that finally takes him to America. Elegant black-and-white cinematography gives the vistas of County Galway a timeless quality, and beautifully accentuates the underlying gravity and melancholy of many of the vocal performances. Archival footage of Heaney himself blends seamlessly with dramatic reenactments. A must-see for any devotee of traditional Irish music. In Irish Gaelic and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories. DCP digital. (BS)

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