Can Gabriel Byrne defy the laws of physics and exist in two places at the same time?
It is that kind of weekend for him! A film festival on the East Coast and an awards ceremony on the West Coast make this a busy time indeed.
The Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF) [please note: the link to this article no longer exists] in Washington DC closes on Sunday, December 20 with a showing of the documentary Gabriel Byrne: Stories From Home. After its warm reception at the LA Irish Film Festival back in September, now is the chance for those living in the Beltway (and beyond!) to see this amazing film on the big screen. Warning: there might be snow, so check out the website for possible schedule changes!
On the opposite coast, same day, different time zone, the International Press Academy sponsors its 2009 14th Annual Satellite Awards. In Treatment is up for the award for Television Series, Drama and Mr. Byrne has been nominated in the category Actor in a Series, Drama. Kudos on this recognition, especially since some other awards that will remain nameless have lacked the insight to acknowledge the enormous artistic achievements of this series and its lead actor.
So, which is it? East or West? Political hub or entertainment mecca?
I personally hope our star is enjoying a holiday away from it all, at home in Ireland, or wherever he chooses to unwind and be with family and friends.
As for me? If I could, I’d hoof it to DC to check out Stories From Home on the big screen. I’ve seen it on the little screen and it is worth the trip, believe me!