2016 Irish Film Festival

Irish people are good at telling stories that speak to the world. Not only has Ireland given birth to four Nobel Prize winners, it also has quite a number of film directors who won International Film Festival Awards. Irish film stories often have an universal meaning, reflecting both ugly and beautiful sides of human nature. The 2016 Irish Film Festival introduces four Irish films talking about four important topics of equal interest for Ireland and Taiwan; independence movement, feminist issues, gender relationship and immigration.

  • Screening time: All sessions at 6:30 pm. Free admission. Seating is limited.
  • Location: National Taiwan University
  • Organizer: Department of Foreign Languages, National Taiwan University, Taiwan Irish Research Society
  • Co-organizer: Taiwan Research Center for the European Union

the-butcher-boy11/23 The Butcher Boy

1997, 110 min, English Subtitles
Director:Neil Jordan
Speaker:黃山耘(Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, National Taiwan University)
Screening room:Room 304, Renaissance Building

Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. Unfortunately, one tragedy after another, Francie’s world sinks deeper and deeper into paranoia (directed mainly against Mrs. Nugent, a nasty neighbor) and fantasy (where he has visions of the Virgin Mary).
2016 Irish Film Festival《The Butcher Boy》Trailer



michael-collins11/30 Michael Collins

1996, 133 min, Chinese Subtitles
Director:Neil Jordan
Speaker︰莊坤良(Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Feng Chia University)
Screening Room:Room 304, Renaissance Building

Neil Jordan’s historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.
2016 Irish Film Festival《Michael Collins》Trailer




dancing-at-lughnasa12/7 Dancing at Lughnasa

1998, 95 min, English Subtitles
Director:Pat O’Connor
Speaker:謝志賢(Associate Professor, Foreign Languages Department, Wenzao University of Foreign Studies)
Screening room:Room 304, Renaissance Building

Five unmarried sisters make the most of their simple existence in rural Ireland in the 1930s. 2016 Irish Film Festival 《Dancing at Lughnasa》Trailer


angelas-ashes12/16 Angela’s Ashes

1999, 145 min, Chinese Subtitles
Director:Alan Parker
Speaker:張家麟(Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, Fo Guang University)
Screening room:Room 204, Renaissance Building

Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie’s siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie’s Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink.
2016 Irish Film Festival《Angela’s Ashes》Trailer