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Two women sit on a couch together. An older woman sits to the right, with light blonde hair, a patterned scarf, glasses and a red jumper. On a left is a younger woman with brown hair in a grey hat and blue shirt. Both are looking at the camera visibly annoyed.

Film: First Fortnight ‘The Year Between’ Screening at the Irish Film Insitute

11 Jan 2024, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (Past)

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin

Inspired by true events, The Year Between is the story of Clemence Miller (played by writer-director Alex Heller).

A college sophomore is forced to move back home following a breakdown. Faced with a surprising diagnosis of bipolar disorder and a jarring return to the Illinois suburbs, Clemence has to learn how to love with her well-meaning but frustrated family.

Funny, warm-hearted, fresh, and honest, The Year Between is an exemplary debut by Alex Heller. Based on her own mental health struggles, Heller has crafted a poignant, powerful, and entertaining story of an individual and a family managing the highs and lows of adjusting to a new normal.

In partnership with the Irish Film Institute, this screening is part of the First Fortnight Festival. First Fortnight hosts an annual mental health, arts and culture festival throughout January, throughout Ireland. The festival celebrates the arts as a powerful catalyst for sparking unscripted conversations around mental ill health and serves to challenge the stigma associated with mental ill-health. Visit ifi.ie for more information and booking, or firstfortnight.ie to browse other events as part of the festival.

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