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7th July | 14:00 -

Galway Film Fleadh: Fat City, Silent Beauty, Sweet Disaster 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 Fat City 50th anniversary screening, Silent Beauty, Sweet Disaster, Fr. Des: The Way He Saw It and Mandrake at Pálás Screen 1.

Fat City 50th anniversary screening at 2pm
Fat City – like many of the B movies with which it rhymes – The Naked City, Night and the City, Atlantic City – is both a real and imaginary place located between the gleaming promise of the American dream and its seedier dead ends. It is one of John Huston’s more overlooked films – rarely mentioned in the same breath as ‘classics’ such as Asphalt Jungle, The African Queen or The Treasure of the Sierra Madre – but it’s one of his best. Its secondary status is a shame since it both illuminates Huston’s peculiar genius for adaptation as well as his fascination with male characters poised between vaunting ambition and vain delusion. In this respect it provides an essential bridge between his earlier studio films and his late career, which culminates with his adaptation of James Joyce’s The Dead; his final exploration of themes of male ego and epiphany, albeit in a very different context.

Fat City is one both one of the great independent American films of the early 1970s, a cinema characterised by male melancholy and disillusion -“we blew it” as Easy Rider puts it – and a remnant from the 1940s; the last great boxing B movie. Its defeated milieu and mood of dejection would soon give way to the Regan-era triumphs of Rocky [1976] and the hard bodied stardom of Stallone and others as the franchise blockbuster re-asserted Hollywood hope, glory and hoopla.

Silent Beauty at 4pm
International Premiere
Silent Beauty is a personal documentary that follows director Jasmin López as she works to heal from child sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her grandfather, Gilberto, almost 30 years ago.

In the process of sharing her own trauma with her large family, Jasmin learns that generations of children in her family were victims of the same abuse. Told from the director’s perspective, Silent Beauty is a film about confronting and accepting difficult truths while finding beauty in the process.
Followed by Q+A with director Jasmín Mara López.

Sweet Disaster at 6pm
Irish Premiere
Sweet Disaster tells the story of Frida: German-Finnish, painting therapist and 40-year-old. Two events change the usual course of her life.

She gets unexpectedly pregnant and Felix, the father of her child, breaks up with her to re-unite with his ex who is suddenly back. Felix admits that it is not the best timing, however, it does not prevent him from leaving. Frida cannot accept his decision. Although some serious health problems caused by the late pregnancy force her to rest, she tries to get Felix back with the help of absurd, exaggerated and sometimes absolutely comic actions.

Fr Des: The Way He Saw it at 8pm
World Premiere
Internationally renowned actor, Stephen Rea narrates the life story of Fr. Des Wilson, who was affectionately known to many as “the people’s priest”. Stephen Rea is a great advocate of Fr. Des and has been involved in a number of his community theatre productions over the years.

Fr. Des, a priest with a socialist and humanitarian outlook, spent his life helping those in need as the British Empire’s hold on Northern Ireland began to unravel from 1969 onwards. Amid civil strife, he followed the path of Jesus in caring for the downtrodden, and for a long period was ostracized by the hierarchy of his own Church for doing this. Courageously though, he continued to work for justice and against inequality until the end of his life in November 2019. An extraordinary man in extraordinary circumstances.

The film’s narrative is primarily recounted in Des’ own words, but has other contributions from massively important people in Des’ life who feature in the documentary through archive footage.
Followed by Q&A with director, Vincent Kinnaird and guests.

Mandrake at 10pm
Irish Premiere
Mandrake follows probation officer Cathy Madden, who is given the task of rehabilitating notorious killer ‘Bloody’ Mary Laidlaw back into society after twenty years of jail. Mary murdered her husband decades ago, but only after he had put her through hell. Is she a witch, a psychopath or just another lonely woman rejected by her neighbours? Cathy has always believed that every client deserves a shot at redemption, but her beliefs are firmly tested when two children disappear near Mary’s farm.

Davison creates an interesting atmosphere, finding sadness in this story about evil permeating the most mundane of towns, where people don’t forget and they don’t forgive. They never do.
Followed by Q&A with director Lynne Davison.

Event Date
7th July 2022 - 7th July 2022
Event Time
14:00 -
Event Category Venue
Latin Quarter
Event Address
15 Merchants Rd Lower,
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