2016, Ireland, 96 min.
In this funny and observant coming-of-age tale from Irish novelist and filmmaker John Butler, two opposites — a loner and the top athlete at a rugby-obsessed boarding school — become friends, only to have their friendship tested by the authorities and other students. Ned is a bitter, music-obsessed 16-year-old outcast, and Conor is a handsome transfer student who quickly becomes the star of the school’s rugby team. Tensions mount when they are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The boys tentatively bond over music and start to practice guitar together. At the encouragement of their English teacher, Ned and Conor enter a talent show at a local girls' school. As both talent show and rugby season loom, the pressure to choose between manly athletic discipline and more artistic pursuits threatens to tear Conor apart. Ned, meanwhile, is increasingly tempted to betray Conor's trust to save his own skin.
SHOWN WITH: “More Than God” (Kev Cahill, 2015, Ireland, 9 min.) This comedy set in modern Ireland follows the attempts of a religious doctor to uncover his wife's suspected affair. In the process, he is confronted by the rigidity of his beliefs.