L.A. Irish fest picks 'Eclipse'

Event to be dedicated to Steve Brennan

Conor McPherson's "The Eclipse" will serve as the opening-night film at the 2009 Los Angeles Irish Film Festival, which runs Sept. 23-27.

The festival will be dedicated to the memory of Steve Brennan, the Hollywood Reporter's international editor, who died July 2.

"The Eclipse," a supernatural drama starring Ciaran Hinds and Aiden Quinn, will receive its West Coast premiere at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and will be followed by a reception hosted by the Irish Film Board at the Pickford Center. Magnolia will release the film in the U.S. next year.

The Irish musical trio the Henry Girls will perform on opening night and during the festival.

The remainder of the LAIFF's screenings and events will take place at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica.

The fest is co-presented by the American Cinematheque and ELMA (European Languages and Movies in America). The Irish Film Board, Ireland's national film agency, is a partner of LAIFF.
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