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The 21st Chicago Irish Film Festival Opens with US Premiere of Guns & Rosaries
25 Feb 2020 : News Desk
The 2020 Chicago Irish Film Festival returns this Thursday for its 21st edition, which runs from the February 27th to March 1st. The Festival opens with the US premiere of the Martin Sheen-narrated documentary Guns & Rosaries.

Produced and Directed by Peter Kelly, Guns & Rosaries tells the story of Fr Patrick Peyton, an Irish priest who became an unlikely Hollywood mogul, recruiting celebrities to a global prayer campaign that reached millions, while secretly working for the CIA in its Cold War battle with Communism.

This year’s four-day programme features more than 50 films by artists living in or descended from “The Land of Storytelling”. Among them are award-winning and independent features, documentaries, and shorts from Ireland and the United States as well as Australia, Canada, Northern Ireland, England, Palestine and Tanzania.

Highlights include the World Premiere of Breaking Icea documentary which tells the incredible true story of Ireland’s first bobsleigh team, the US Premieres of Karl Golden’s drama Bruno, Chiara Viale’s The New Music and  Malcolm Willis’ Kilimanjaro Mama,screenings of Neasa Hardiman’s horror Sea Fever, Shelly Love’s A Bump Along the Way and much more, including four short film programmes. 

The Festival closes with documentary Gaza, “which shows life in Gaza through people's own words, as they attempt to lead meaningful lives against the devastation of enduring conflict.“ Directed by Sundance award-nominees Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell, the Film was selected as Ireland's official entry for the Oscars' Best International Feature Film category (formerly Best Foreign Language category.)

The Chicago Irish Film Festival runs from the 27thFebruary to March 1st. For more details visit the CIFF website

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