Solas Nua’s annual Capital Irish Film Festival in Washington, D.C., presents one of the largest programs of Irish cinema in North America. The 18th edition of the festival takes place February 29 – March 3 2024 in partnership with the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre & Cultural Center (Silver Spring MD).  The four day festival showcases the latest Irish dramatic and documentary features, shorts, and animation releases, and provides a platform that not only highlights the rich cultural heritage of Ireland but also fosters an inclusive and diverse community of filmmakers.

The 2024 festival program celebrates the exceptional talent and passion of contemporary Irish filmmakers and is a reflection of the robust and vibrant screen industry that has grown in Ireland in recent years. Debut features, North American premieres, women directors, Irish language titles, emerging voices, and family animation are on the line-up this year. Films exploring power, misogyny, survival, belonging, and heroism, will shock, thrill, inspire, entertain and enlighten.  Themes of compassion, resilience and hope and the indomitable Irish spirit echo throughout the program.

OPENING/CLOSING NIGHT TITLES & SPECIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED

Solas Nua announces increased support from Screen Ireland – the Irish national body for film, television and animation – for Solas Nua’s 18th annual Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF) with the AFI Silver Theatre and Culture Center, February 29 – March 3 2024. The festival will present a third additional curated shorts program of seven titles which have been funded by Screen Ireland to be announced with the full CIFF festival lineup on February 1st. CIFF 2024 will open with the East Coast premiere of award-winning Irish director Lisa Mulcahy’s LIES WE TELL (Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature, Galway Fleadh 2023 – Eleanor Bowman), fresh from its American Premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film is a sharp, taut, suspenseful and gritty gothic drama with a feminist twist, adapted by Elisabeth Gooch from the revered Sheridan Le Fanu novel, Uncle Silas. The cast includes the great granddaughter of Seán O’Casey, Agnes O’Casey (Bingham Ray New Talent Award Winner at the Galway Fleadh; Ridley Road), David Wilmot (The Wonder), Holly Sturton (Smother) and Chris Walley (Young Offenders). The film is slated for Thursday, February 29, 7:00 p.m. The festival closing film by Patricia Kelly, an exciting voice in Irish cinema, is a second East Coast premiere. VERDIGRIS (Best Independent Film, Galway Fleadh 2023; Best Narrative Feature, Kerry Film Festival 2023; Best Feature Film, Irish Film Festival London 2023; Audience Award–Best Irish Film, Newport Beach Film Festival 2023)an edgy debut feature depicts an unlikely friendship and the diverse social realities of two women from opposite ends of Dublin. Using incredible humor and charm, the film tells a powerful story about class, female friendship, and empowerment. The cast includes Geraldine McAlinden (The Last Rifleman), Maya O’Shea (Normal People) and Michael Ford (Harry Wild). VERDIGRIS is slated for Sunday, March 3, 6:45 p.m.

A gala will be held for pass-holders and opening night ticket holders after the opening film LIES WE TELL on February 29 in the theatre lobby with LIES WE TELL film director Lisa Mulcahy and more featured guests to be announced. An exclusive closing night toast will take place for all pass holders and closing night film ticket holders after the showing of VERDIGRIS on March 3. VERDIGRIS director Patricia Kelly and producer Paul Fitzsimons will be present as closing night featured guests.

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