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Pigs

Cathal Black, 78 minutes, 1984

Made in the midst of Ireland’s crippling 1980s recession, Pigs is infused with a sense of fury and despair born out of director Cathal Black's socially-engaged consciousness. Jimmy (Jimmy Brennan), a gay man separated from his wife, moves into a…

Pilgrim Hill

Gerard Barrett, 85 minutes, 2013

Bachelor farmer Jimmy Walsh (Joe Mullins), whose farm offers only his cows and his bed-ridden father for company, is the subject of this emotionally devastating exploration of one lonely man. Weaving the mundane events of Jimmy’s life with his answers…

Pilgrimage

Brendan Muldowney, 96 minutes, 2017

Cistercian monk Brother Geraldus (Stanley Weber) arrives on the shores of early-13th century Ireland with the aim of obtaining a religious relic of great significance from a remote community of fellow monks. His ultimate goal is to present the object…

The Playboys

Gillies MacKinnon, 117 minutes, 1992

1950s Ireland has proved a popular theme in Irish film and director Gillies MacKinnon here turns to it to tell a story about an unmarried mother, Tara (Robin Wright), whose refusal to conform to expectations scandalises her conservative community. The…

Plough and the Stars

John Ford, 73 mins, 1936

In the spring of 1916, hostility towards the British is brewing on the streets of Dublin. Nora Clitheroe (Barbara Stanwyk) tries in vain to keep her husband Jack (Preston Foster) from joining the rebel forces for fear he will die…

The Poet, the Shopkeeper and Babu

Neasa Ní Chianáin, 90 minutes, 2005

The story of Cathal Ó Searcaigh, the Irish gay poet, who spends part of every year in Nepal where he has 'adopted' a family and their country. Neasa NÍ Chianáin's film follows Ó Searcaigh to his adopted home and contrasts…

Poitín

Bob Quinn, 65 minutes, 1978

Bob Quinn’s firebrand response to pastoral visions of rural Ireland, this grim depiction of rural living generated outrage when it first appeared in 1979. The story concerns two layabouts, Labhrás (Donal McCann) and Sleamhnan (Niall Tóibín), and the poitín-brewer Micíl…

Poor Things

Yorgos Lanthimos, 141 minutes, 2023

The incredible tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter. [IFI International] Awards: Golden Lion Award for Best Film, Venice International Film Festival, 2023…

Prospect House

97 minutes,

A group of protesters film a period re-enactment in a dilapidated 18th century house in a last ditch effort to save it from demolition. [IFI International] Awards: Best New Irish Feature Award, Cork International Film Festival, 2023

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