After the World Premiere screening at the Chicago Irish Film Festival, Planet Korda Pictures and its partners Era Film and Vinegar Hill Productions are pleased to announce the Irish Premiere Screening of their latest production: Smuigléirí Leabhar / Knygnešiai / Book Smugglers in which poet Gearóid Mac Lochlainn and Lithuanian dramatist Albertas Vidžiūnas retrace the steps of the 19th century Lithuanian book smugglers who resisted Russification to save their language from extinction.
The documentary asks why in Ireland – another small Catholic peasant country at the edge of Europe with its “obscure” language and occupied by its larger neighbour – at exactly the same time, were families abandoning their Gaelic tongue and teaching their children English? As Mac Lochlainn and Vidžiūnas travel through the forests and rivers of Lithuania, each learns something about his own country and about the links between language and identity.
Written & Directed by Jeremiah Cullinane.
The Premiere Screening will take place at 12 p.m. on Sunday 13 March, at the Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St., Dublin 2.
The director, cast, and composer Siobhán Cleary will attend the screening, which will be followed by a reception at the IFI in the presence of His Excellency Vidmantas Purlys, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania. Director Jeremiah Cullinane will be joined by poet Gearóid Mac Lochlainn for a post screening Q&A.
Trailer at: http://vimeo.com/18754122
Further screenings of Book Smugglers will take place at the Cape Winelands Film
Festival, Cape Town, South Africa (16-26th March 2011); Kino Pavasaris, Vilnius (17-
30 March 2011); Belfast Film Festival (6th April); Celtic Media Festival, Stornaway,
Scotland (14th April).
Produced for BBC-NI, TG4, and LRT, with the support of ILBF, BAI, and MEDIA
Bookings: IFI (01) 679 5744 or www.ifibooking.ie