71 minutes| Ireland| 2009| Colour| Digital

This film was released 12th March 2010 and is no longer screening.

A study of a family in crisis, Ivan Kavanagh’s fifth feature is an intense affair, by turns touching, fierce and chilling. Returning home to their widowed and dying mother, two estranged daughters become reacquainted with a house of difficult memories. Their brother, disabled and dependent, faces an uncertain future, and his predicament tests the sisters’ affection and empathy. The turmoil created by the approach of death intensifies the relationships, and an already fragmented family slides towards disintegration.

There are moments of reprieve, when a straightforward kind of love seems possible; and Kavanagh’s editing offers glimpses of peace, particularly in the final stages of the mother’s agonising illness. Shot with a lucid intimacy by Kavanagh’s regular cinematographer, Colin Downey, the film also boasts brilliant performances from a cast that includes Valene Kane, Emma Eliza Regan, Bibi Larsson and Patrick O’Donnell. Notes by Manus McManus

Presented in association with Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board and Park Films.IFI IRISH SHORTS
Ivan Kavanagh’s earlier feature Our Wonderful Home (2008) screens at 2.30 on Saturday March 13th. Following that there will be a discussion (free but ticketed) with the director and cast of The Fading Light at 4.00.

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