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JUNE 15-18

Whatever its charms, Ireland can’t compete with, say, Yugoslavia or Taiwan, let alone India or France, as a filmmaking center. Still, something has stirred over there recently: Neil Jordan became an art-house sensation with The Crying Game, Roddy Doyle’s novels have provided a series of reliable scenarios for (English) directors, and the success of Irish rock bands like U2 has created the basis for a big-bucks entertainment industry. This Smithsonian Resident Associates series begins with an earlier Jordan film, 1991’s The Miracle (pictured, June 15), a rather awkward bit of magic realism (with an incestuous punch line) set at the Irish resort of Bray, the director’s home town. Also included are Korea (June 16), a 1995 film by Cathal Black in which a young man falls in love with a woman from a family separated from his by a long feud, and two Washington premieres: In Paddy Breathnach’s Ailsa (June 17), a 1995 film influenced by Eastern European cinema, a man develops an overpowering obsession with a visiting American woman; while Martin Duffy’s The Boy From Mercury is a 1996 film about a lonely child who decides his true home is in outer space. All screenings will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Cineplex Odeon Foundry, 1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. $13; $48 for the series. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Mark Jenkins)