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IRELAND ON SUNDAY: THE PIER

Director: Gerard Hurley

88 minutes, Ireland, 2011, Colour


Ireland on Sunday is our monthly showcase for new Irish Film.

Gerard Hurley’s second feature film is a finely-observed, quietly uplifting tale of a returning emigrant coming to terms with his past.

After 20 years of no contact with his father, Jack McCarthy (played by Hurley) travels from New York to his father Larry’s death bed in Cork. Upon arrival he is furious to discover his father is alive and well and has duped him into returning home. Soon, father and son are entangled in a painful battle of wills and Jack’s only relief is in the company of an attractive American tourist (the luminous Lili Taylor).

Cork-born Gerard Hurley emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1987 and has been involved in screen writing and film production for the past 20 years. He will participate in a postscreening Q&A.

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