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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Image You Missed

2018, Donal Foreman, Ireland/France, 74 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 15th 8:15pm
  • Mon, Mar 18th 6:15pm

“Engagingly and quietly rewarding.”--Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

An Irish son reaches across time and space for a connection with the long-gone father he hardly knew, in this poignant personal documentary steeped in iconic imagery of Northern Ireland’s Troubles. A decade after the death of his father, American-born documentary director Arthur MacCaig (THE PATRIOT GAME), Foreman sorts through an apartment packed with the man’s papers, books, photos, and cans of film footage, finding in this legacy of a lauded career not one image of the young son that MacCaig had abandoned so many years before. Searing imagery from MacCaig’s film work, which closely recorded the actions of IRA operatives, is the public face of THE IMAGE YOU MISSED, but its flip side is the selected autobiography that Foreman creates from his own home movies and photos, in which the empty space where a father should be looms large. DCP digital. Courtesy of Adam Sekuler. (BS)

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