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JDIFF: THE SEASONS (with Kila)

Director: JOHN BENIGNUS LYONS


The Irish Film Archive and The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival are proud to collaborate and present a special screening of The Seasons accompanied by live music from members of Kila and harpist Cormac de Barra.The Seasons is an intimate diary of life in the little village of Kilkelly, Co Mayo, in 1935. Made by amateur filmmaker Dr. John Benignus Lyons, it charts the social and agricultural life of the village over the course of a year. Meticulously shot in black and white and colour, with inter-titles in both English agus as Gaeilge, The Seasons is a technically adept and remarkably thorough anthropological study of a small village in days gone by.

This very special screening will have live musical accompaniment from harpist Cormac de Barra and members of Kila. We are delighted to renew our collaboration with Cormac (who previously accompanied the 1920 epic In the Days of St. Patrick). He will be joined by Colm and Rossa O Snodaigh from Kila to create a magical soundscape that will breathe life back into the village of Kilkelly.

The film covers everything from the ploughing of land, the sowing of seeds, the footing of turf, the study in school, the handball games, the Patron’s Day Fair, the annual harvest and the blanket of snow at the year’s end. No record of the film’s original exhibition exists, but we can assume it was introduced locally by Dr. Lyons and accompanied perhaps by a pianist — or simply by the excited murmur of people recognising themselves.

The programme will run for approximately one hour. Bookings through the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival box office on 01 672 8861or www.jdiff.com

Tickets €18

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