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Fís na Fuiseoige / ’The Lark’s View (60 min) Irish with English subtitles

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Following a sell-out world premiere at the 2016 Dublin International Film Festival and at Galway’s International Festival of Literature, Cúirt, Fís na Fuiseoige / The Lark’s View, a one-hour documentary directed by Aodh Ó Coileáin and produced by Counterpoint Films, will be screened in Chicago at iBAM!, the Irish Books Arts and Music Celebration on October 28, and 29, 2017 at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox. Ave. Chicago IL 60630  The film explores the connection between People and Place, as expressed in Irish-language poetry and local lore.

Sense of place has helped shape the Irish identity and Irish literary imagination from earliest times. It has helped create riches rather than wealth. Fís na Fuiseoige is a visual exploration of the landscape of Ireland, and a story of the close relationship between the Irish people and the land. It explores how the concepts of space and place construct Irish identity and, in turn, produce poetry and local lore.

The focus of the film is the Irish love for the home-place as reflected in poetry and local stories. Landscape is not just geography here, but a mnemonic for literature and poetry. Landscape and stories are inseparable in this land.

100 years after the Easter Rising, the poets’ revolution, Fís na Fuiseoige gives voice to modern Irish poets and affirms the Irish connection to the land and how this has informed our sensibility, sense of self and imagination. The men of 1916 sought a reawakening of Ireland’s heroic past, old sagas, old rhymes, wisdom wrapped in language and idiom. Fís na Fuiseoige gives expression to that which is distinct to the Irish people, their stories connected to the soil, their literary lineage; an unbroken link to the early centuries.

Sean Finnan of Film Ireland says, “Fís na Fuiseoige is a documentary to be treasured. Few others have made the argument of the importance of the Irish language’s survival in such a subtly celebratory manner while in the process highlighting its absurd vacuous place in Irish official life. […] Using the ever increasing quality of drone technology, Ó Coileáin offers us a slow contemplative picture of the Irish landscape seldom captured so evocatively before. With such stunning aerial cinematography the timelessness of the Irish landscape is evoked as the camera reflects over places as diverse as Corca Dhuibhne, the Iveragh Peninsula, the Donegal Gaeltacht, Glendalough amongst others.”

The birds-eye view is illuminated by the deep poetic perspective expressed in the writings of the country’s leading Irish-language poets. The film was produced by Colm Hogan and Marina Levitina of Counterpoint Films. The director, Aodh Ó Coileáin, originally from Dingle, lives in Galway and lectures at NUIG. The DoP, Colm Hogan, worked together with heli pilot, Roman Bugovskiy to produce some stunning images.

The film explores the pagan roots of the Irish connection with place, the Dinnsheanchas tradition, and the renewed poetic expression of the sense of place, as expressed in the writings of contemporary Irish language poets, including Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Paddy Bushe, Biddy Jenkinson, Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, Cathal Ó Searcaigh and Louis de Paor, among others. Interviews with local people who love the land and have the knowledge of local stories connected with individual places, are also part of the film. As we explore each place from a birds-eye-perspective and witness stunning aerial images, the film creates a new visual topography of these diverse local places across the four provinces.

Fis na Fuiseoige is a visual and poetic spectacle that explores our cultural DNA, a celebration of who we are and what makes us who we are.

Some of the viewers’ comments after the screening in Dublin’s Light House Cinema, 24 February 2016 were:

“Fís na Fuiseoige was spectacular tonight. What a beautiful land and language.”

“So thrilled I saw Fís na Fuiseoige at Dublin Film Festival, well-deserved praise, stunning work.”

“Fís na Fuiseoige is sublime, soul-nourished, thank you Dublin Film Festival for an unforgettable experience.”

“Oilithreacht anama, féiniúlacht, draíocht.”

Funded by the BAI and TG4.

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