Of Gravitas and Glaciers–Smilla’s Sense of Snow

There are two things you need to know about the film Smilla’s Sense of Snow. First, there is a lot of snow. A great deal of snow. Snow on the ground. In the air. Everywhere. And there is ice. And cold water. And icebergs. And even full-blown, life-sized glaciers. If […]

Kilkenny Arts Festival, August 6-15: Updated

Updated 10 years later, in 2020. . . Here, finally and at last, is the program itself: — August 8: The Irish Times provides a wonderful report by Michael Harding [which is now behind a paywall] of the first days of the festival, entitled “Getting Ambushed by Brilliant Minds in […]

A Daring Siesta

Siesta holds a special place in the hearts of Gabriel Byrne fans. It is one of his earlier films, made during the time in his career when he was relegated to playing roles that were everything but Irish, with every accent possible, but rarely his native Dublin burr. It is […]

The Real Miracle: Stigmata

“The real miracle is that anyone believes anything.”–Father Andrew Kiernan in Stigmata Doves. Candles. Shattering glass. Flowers. Dripping water. The hyper-realistic sound of metal breaking through flesh to hit wood. And blood. Pooling around gashes, sliding down cheeks, flying through the  air in violent droplets, floating on bathwater before finally […]

Stories From Home in Finland

The 5th Annual Irish Festival of Oulu in Oulu, Finland will be September 30th to October 3rd, 2010 and will feature world class Irish music, theatre, poetry, dance, workshops, and film. 2010’s anniversary festival will be screening Gabriel Byrne: Stories From Home and Director Pat Collins will come to the […]

One for All – d’Artagnan!

Gabriel Byrne has no fear of portraying icons. He has essayed several well-known historical figures, including Uther Pendragon, Christopher Columbus, Lord Byron, and Friedrich Bhaer (yes, the Professor is fictional, but still an icon, as any Louisa May Alcott fan will attest). And he has played iconic types as well: […]