The Days of Trees

Face the Dark, Find the Dawn

Sat¬≠ur¬≠day 20 April ‚Äď IFTA awards 2024.
WIN¬≠NER ‚Äď George Mor¬≠ri¬≠son Fea¬≠ture Doc¬≠u¬≠men¬≠tary cat¬≠e¬≠gory.


‚Äėpoetic and rigorous‚Äô
Irish Inde­pen­dent

‚Äėa remark¬≠able documentary‚Äô
RT√Č Arena
Irish Exam­iner
‚ÄėAll of Ire¬≠land should watch it. The world should watch it. Every viewer would be more human for it.‚Äô
‚ÄĒ Richard Kear¬≠ney, philoso¬≠pher & writer
‚Äėpow¬≠er¬≠ful, strong, inspiring‚Äô
‚ÄĒ Tommy Tier¬≠nan

In cin¬≠e¬≠mas April ‚Äď June 2024

QFT Belfast ·
IFI Dublin ·
Pálás Gal­way ·
EYE Gal­way ·
Triskel Cork
& selected cinemas

Book Tick­ets:

Belltable Lim­er­ick, Mon­day 24 June, 5pm and 8pm
with Q&A with Alan Gilse­nan after the 5pm screening

Queen’s Film The­atre, Belfast, Wednes­day 19 June, 8:30pm
(as part of the Docs Ire­land 2024 festival)

Mountshan­non Arts Fes­ti­val, East Clare, Mon­day 3 June, 5:30pm

IFI, Dublin: Encore Screen­ing with Q&A, Mon­day 20 May

Triskel, Cork: from Sun 5 May

EYE, Gal­way: from Sat 20 April

Pálás, Gal­way: from Fri 19 April

IFI, Dublin: 12 ‚Äď 18 April

More to fol­low, to receive updates.

June Diary

Mon­day 24 June Two Screen­ings at Belltable, Lim­er­ick 5pm and 8pm
with Q&A with direc­tor Alan Gilse­nan after the 5pm screening

book tick­ets

Wednes­day 19 June Screen­ing at Queen’s Film The­atre, Belfast at 8:30pm
(as part of the Docs Ire­land 2024 festival)

Mon­day 3 June Screen­ing at Mountshan­non Arts Fes­ti­val, East Clare at 5:30pm

May Diary

Mon¬≠day 20 May ‚Äď A spe¬≠cial Encore screen¬≠ing at the IFI, Dublin at 6:30pm
fol­lowed by a Q&A with Alan Gilse­nan and Tomás Hardi­man, hosted by archivist and broad­caster Catri­ona Crowe.

book tick­ets
April Diary
IFTA Award
Alan Gilsenan and Tom√°s Hardiman
Direc­tor Alan Gilse­nan and pro­ducer Tomás Hardi­man, pic­tured at the IFTAs with the award for the George Mor­ri­son Fea­ture Doc­u­men­tary 2024 for their film The Days of Trees.

Sat¬≠ur¬≠day 20 April ‚Äď IFTA awards 2024. WIN¬≠NER ‚Äď George Mor¬≠ri¬≠son Fea¬≠ture Doc¬≠u¬≠men¬≠tary category.

Fri¬≠day 19 April ‚Äď Opens at P√°l√°s, Gal¬≠way. A Q&A with Tom√°s Hardi¬≠man and Alan Gilse¬≠nan, mod¬≠er¬≠ated by Ruair√≠ McK¬≠ier¬≠nan fol¬≠lows the screen¬≠ing on Fri¬≠day 19

Sun¬≠day 14 April ‚Äď A Q&A with Alan Gilse¬≠nan and Tom√°s Hardi¬≠man, hosted by Bren¬≠dan O‚ÄôConnor (RT√Č) fol¬≠lows the 17:40 screen¬≠ing at the IFI

Sat¬≠ur¬≠day 13 April, 11am ‚Äď Tom√°s Hardi¬≠man and Alan Gilse¬≠nan talk about The Days of Trees with Bren¬≠dan O‚ÄôConnor on his RT√Č Radio 1 show (33mins approx). Lis¬≠ten back on RTE‚Äč.ie or lis¬≠ten on Apple Podcasts

Fri¬≠day 12 April ‚Äď opens at the IFI

poster image for The Days of Trees screenings in Ireland, April ‚Äď May 2024

Syn­op­sis

In this highly orig¬≠i¬≠nal fea¬≠ture doc¬≠u¬≠men¬≠tary, Tom√°s, a middle-‚Äčaged film pro¬≠ducer, embarks on a jour¬≠ney of dis¬≠cov¬≠ery with his friend and col¬≠league, film direc¬≠tor, Alan. As they progress, we wit¬≠ness first-‚Äčhand Tom√°s‚Äôs unearthing of fresh and star¬≠tling child¬≠hood hap¬≠pen¬≠ings which had some¬≠how eluded his mem¬≠ory. What fol¬≠lows is a pro¬≠found pil¬≠grim¬≠age towards uncov¬≠er¬≠ing how spo¬≠radic crises in adult¬≠hood, amidst an oth¬≠er¬≠wise ‚Äėnor¬≠mal‚Äô life, had their roots in sophis¬≠ti¬≠cated sex¬≠ual abuse by Chris¬≠t¬≠ian Broth¬≠ers in the late 1960s.

There is con­sid­er­able beauty in this psy­cho­log­i­cal exca­va­tion, the shad­owy black and white palette lend­ing inti­macy to the unflinch­ingly hon­est tes­ti­mony. This is the story of a man, not seek­ing vengeance, but seek­ing to tran­scend the trauma of his trou­bled past, ulti­mately find­ing redemption.

The Days of Trees reunites direc­tor Alan Gilse­nan and pro­ducer Tomás Hardi­man to com­plete the third in their loose tril­ogy with the acclaimed Meet­ings with Ivor and The Meet­ing.

Sat¬≠ur¬≠day 20 April ‚Äď IFTA awards 2024. WIN¬≠NER ‚Äď George Mor¬≠ri¬≠son Fea¬≠ture Doc¬≠u¬≠men¬≠tary category.

Wed 17 April

Alan Gilse­nan talks about The Days of Trees with Gemma Creagh on the Film Ire­land pod­cast 47mins approx

Sat 13 April

Tom√°s Hardi¬≠man and Alan Gilse¬≠nan talk about The Days of Trees with Bren¬≠dan O‚ÄôConnor on his RT√Č Radio 1 show. Lis¬≠ten on RTE‚Äč.ie 33mins approx

Fri 12 April

Irish Exam­iner 4 star review

Alan Gilse¬≠nan on The Days of Trees ‚Äď Paul Whit¬≠ing¬≠ton writes in The Irish Inde¬≠pen¬≠dent

Thur 11 April 2024

RT√Č Arena 4.5 star review (review starts at 23:52)

Sat 18 Novem­ber 2023

The story behind the mak­ing of the film in The Irish Times

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Parzi¬≠val presents an Alan Gilse¬≠nan film ‚ÄėTHE DAYS OF TREES‚Äô with Tom√°s Hardi¬≠man Edi¬≠tor Bjorn Mac Giolla Cin¬≠e¬≠matog¬≠ra¬≠phy Alan Gilse¬≠nan
Orig¬≠i¬≠nal Music Rory White Sound Recordist John Bren¬≠nan Sound Design and Mix Rob Flynn Graphic Design John Foley Assis¬≠tant Pro¬≠ducer Zo√ę Daly
Directed by Alan Gilse­nan Pro­duced by Tomás Hardi­man a Parzi­val pro­duc­tion with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of The Broad­cast­ing Author­ity Of Ire­land and DCTV

The Days of Trees com­pletes a loose tril­ogy of films which also includes Meet­ings with Ivor and The Meet­ing

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