Galway Film Fleadh: Erasmus in Gaza, PRYVOZ, Batata and more
The Galway Film Fleadh is back with inspiring and entertaining films & events in Galway from July 5th to 10th!
The 34th Galway Film Fleadh will feature Erasmus in Gaza, PRYVOZ, Batata and Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen at Pálás Screen 2.
Erasmus in Gaza at 2pm
Riccardo, an Italian medical student in his last year of study, is going on Erasmus. The destination: Gaza, a war zone. He needs permission from three different authorities: the Israeli army, the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas.
By crossing the border between Israel and the Strip, Riccardo also crosses the boundary between adolescence and adulthood.
PRYVOZ at 4.15pm
This film documents the life of one of the oldest and largest European markets – Pryvoz Market – in the beautiful Ukrainian city of Odessa. Passion on both sides of the counter, loaders’ dreams, the hidden fantasies of fish sellers… Security guards and the flea market manager share their thoughts about the universe and the meaning of life, about the past, the present, the future, and gypsy predictions.
There are all kinds of townsfolk at the market. They are exposed and revealed. Everybody comes here, and everyone finds something. Those who search for miracles or metamorphosis – in destiny, human soul, or time – will not leave Pryvoz with empty hands.
Batata at 6pm
2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the Syrian Refugee Crisis. With over 13 million people displaced, it remains the largest human forced migration crisis of our times, but sadly not the last. Shot over an unparalleled 10 years, Syrian-Lebanese director Noura Kevorkian’s intimate camera follows the plight of Maria and her family of Syrian migrant workers who find themselves unable to return to their hometown of Raqqa Syria.
Unique among the numerous refugee stories to date, Batata captures an entire decade while documenting not only the age-old conflict between two nations, but also the unbending spirit of a woman who puts family above all else.
Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen at 8.30pm
The fall of 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof, the film Pauline Kael (The New Yorker) called “the most powerful movie musical ever made”. Narrated by Jeff Goldblum, Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen captures the humour and drama of director Norman Jewison’s quest to recreate the lost world of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia and re-envision the beloved stage hit as a wide-screen epic. The film explores how the experience of making Fiddler deepens Jewison as an artist and revives his soul.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim puts us in the director’s chair and in Jewison’s heart and mind, drawing on behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen stills as well as original interviews with Jewison, Topol (Tevye), composer John Williams, production designer Robert F. Boyle, film critic Kenneth Turan, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, and actors Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, and Neva Small (Tevye’s daughters).
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