Our Irish Cousins to Premiere at European Union Film Festival

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Mike Houlihan’s “Our Irish Cousins”

Premières at European Union Film Festival


The Gene Siskel Film Center hosts the Chicago premiere of Mike Houlihan’s comic documentary film, “Our Irish Cousins”, at the 16th Annual European Union Film Festival on Wednesday, March 13th at 8:15PM.  Houlihan is a former features columnist for The Chicago Sun-Times, co-host of WCEV radio’s Irish Hour, “The Skinny & Houli Show”, and has been writing the Hooliganism column in the Irish American News since 1996.


In the film, legendary All-Ireland football and hurling champion P.J.O’Dea narrates the tale of “The Hooligan From Chicago”. This film is a paean to the luck of the Irish and according to Houlihan,  “will be remembered as one of the most significant motion pictures of all time.”


Filled with Irish music and laughter, “Our Irish Cousins” features many Irish musicians, comedians, and personalities including Maureen O’Looney, Paddy Homan, Maurice Lennon, Dennis Cahill, Eleanor Tiernan, Jaymo Doyle, Eithne Fitzpatrick, 1953 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lattner, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, The Yiddish Sons of Erin, Des Bishop and a cast of thousands. http://ouririshcousins.com


This year’s festival encompasses 26 of the 27 EU countries, presenting the Chicago premieres of 61 films.   As always, our festival presents a wide range of recent production, from first features by the cream of Europe’s new talents to the latest films by established masters.


All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601


Tickets to each screening – unless stated otherwise – are $11/general admission, $7/students, and $6/Film Center members. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, www.ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday.


Discounted parking is available for $14 for nine hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.


For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.


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