“Into the West,” a 1992 Irish film directed by Mike Newell, will be screened Friday, Jan. 3, as part of the International Film Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.
There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
In “Into the West,” a majestic white stallion appears mysteriously to a “Traveller” (David Kelly), a teller of legends who preserves the old gypsy ways, including traveling by caravan as a tinker. Arriving in Dublin, he gives the horse to his two grandsons, Ossie and Tito (Ciaran Fitzgerald and Ruaidhri Conroy), who live in a high-rise slum with their father (Gabriel Byrne).
The boys move the horse into their apartment, with predictable results. The horse is taken away by the police and bought by a rich man who races it. The brothers see it on TV, find it and ride it “into the west.”
Their adventures are interwoven with traditional gypsy culture and challenges faced by gypsies in modern Ireland: discrimination in housing, employment and services.
“Saying this film is about two boys and their magical white horse would make it sound like a children’s movie — and children will enjoy it — but it also contains stark social commentary on less idyllic aspects of life in Ireland in the early 1990s,” a news release said.
No subtitles are provided, making some of the dialog difficult to understand, unless you’re Irish.