“A stirring and surprisingly radical ode to folk music legend Joe Heaney” ─ Variety

  • Saturday, jannuary 27th, 2018 at 17.30 Cinema Massimo Sala 2
  • Sunday, february 4th, 2018 at 15.00 Cinema Massimo Sala 3


A biopic in the form of real cinema, which tells the life story of Irish folk singer Joe Heaney. He was born in 1919 and grew up in the shadow of a granite mine, where he learnt about the suffering and sacrifices of miners like his father. His voice was the only way to escape from the hellish life of these miners and these experiences scarred him for life. His shyness kept him away from the stage for almost 20 years. Then he soon became the unquestioned icon of a genre and, more importantly, of a nation. A film that uses the breathtaking settings of Connemara and has the courage to portray them in stark black and white, fixing the stories of mines in time in a precious and rare way. This choice enabled the film to win the award for best photography at the Galway Film Fleadh. More than theatres, it was Ireland itself that was the true stage on which Heaney would perform for his entire life. Ordinary people had been his audience since he was 5 years old and sang for the workers in his village. Song of Granite is Ireland’s selection for best foreign-language film at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Directors: Pat Collins
Genre: Biopic
Country: Republic of Ireland
Year: 2017
Running time: 104’
Language: English/Gaelic (o.v. sub Ita)

Pat Collins, in his film 1916- The Irish Rebellion, told the stories of the Irish rebellion of last century, through the voice of Liam Neeson.
In Dublin, on Easter Sunday, a handful of revolutionaries defied the British Empire. This film confirmed an interest in history that was
already evident in Pat Collins’ 2012 documentary Silence, which explored the music and the unspoilt nature of “his” Ireland, the perfect
setting for his stories. In Song of Granite, Pat Collins has used again his known method of blending historical footage and fictionalized
history, creating a film of exceptional value. We await its (well deserved) nomination for the Academy Awards.