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O’Faolain in focus

January 17, 2020

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Nuala O’Faolain’s best-known work was her memoir “Are You Somebody.”

 

The New York premiere of the documentary “Nuala,” about the life and death of the New York Times best-selling memoirist Nuala O’Faolain (“Are You Somebody?”), will take place on next Monday, Jan. 20, at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. at 7 p.m., as part of 12th Annual 1st Irish Theatre Festival.  For this award-winning film directed by Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan, O’Faolain’s friend Marian Finucane, the prominent Irish broadcaster who died on Jan. 2, went behind the turbulent episodes of O’Faolain’s life to paint a personal picture of a woman struggling without a road map and with only her own fierce intelligence to guide her.

 

Marian Finucane. PHOTO BY  ROLLING NEWS  . IE

It’s a portrait of an anguished, brilliant Irishwoman, pushing off the cloak of church and male-dominated Ireland, whose story includes, as it does with so many writers, a relocation to New York.  The 2012 film won the Best Irish Film Award at the Dublin Film Festival, the Audience Award at Vancouver Film Festival and Best of the Fest at the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Go to www.origintheatre.org for the full festival program and tickets.

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