Irish films are not that dissimilar from Irish pubs. When you walk into one, you pretty much know what youre going to get: car bombs, sexy accents, fiddle-and-pipe music, rampant nationalism, pints of Guinness, and likeable underdogs. The difference is that within the first hour at the pub, youll find someone too drunk to speak English. But within the first hour of an Irish film, at least one Englishman will get his wig split. Ken Loach has finally taken that formula and added some historical complexity in his 2006 Palm DOr-winning film, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, showing at the Miami Beach Cinemateque at 8:30 p.m.
Logans film begins in 1920 and dramatizes the civil war that erupted in the wake of the Irish War for Independence,, when Pro-Treaty and Anti-Treaty factions pitted neighbor-against-neighbor and brother-against-brother. You likely wont see this in any other South Florida theater, so dont sleep.
Sat., Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m., 2007