That They May Face the Rising Sun

Directed by Pat Collins

Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in late 1970s Ireland, That They May Face The Rising Sun is a sensitive and beautifully-realised adaptation of the last novel by John McGahern. 

Joe and Kate have returned from London to live and work in a small, close-knit community in rural Ireland, close to where Joe grew up. Joe is a writer; Kate is an artist who retains part ownership of a London gallery. Now embedded in a remote lakeside setting, the drama of a year in their lives and those of their neighbours unfolds through the rituals of work, play and the passing seasons. 

They May Face The Rising Sun is a delicate, meditative exploration of community bonds and the question of how best to live. 

"..a lyrical, loving celebration of the everyday… beautifully realised and quietly beguiling"

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111 minutes


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