Galway Film Fleadh announce full programme for 35th edition

Galway Film Fleadh announce full programme for 35th edition

With new Irish cinema, award winning world cinema, short films, panels, discussions, and masterclasses, the 35th edition of the Galway Film Festival will bring powerful, moving, funny and provocative storytelling from both emerging and renowned filmmakers to Galway for the 35th edition of the Galway Film Fleadh.

Set to run from the 11th to the 16th of July, the 35th Fleadh will feature 21 World Premieres, 6 European Premieres and 60 Irish Premieres from 43 countries, featuring 95 feature films in all.

Highlights include an advance screening of Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s, The Miracle Club, the World premieres of Irish films Apocalypse Clown, Lies We Tell, The Martini Shot, Face Down, Verdigris and Made In Dublin, the Irish premiere of acclaimed debut film Past Lives with director Céline Song in attendance and the Irish premiere of the winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale, On The Adamant from director Nicholas Philibert.

Maeve McGrath, Director of Programming for the Fleadh said; "It is an honour to work with the programme team to find the best in Irish and International cinema to present for the audience in Galway. In the 95 feature films that we are presenting, we have 48 debut films with 41 Documentaries, 49 Narrative Films and 2 Animations alongside 102 short films."

"We are introducing new sections with a focus on Architecture on Film, Defender and The Artist On Film alongside our well-established programme sections such as Irish Cinema, World Cinema, Peripheral Visions, Generation and What the Fleadh?!"

The beating heart of the Galway Film Fleadh is Irish Cinema, and 34 Irish films will screen in the Irish Cinema section with 20 World Premieres and 7 Irish Premieres. These include the World Premiere of George Kane’s, Apocalypse Clown which follows a troupe of failed clowns as they embark on a chaotic road trip of self-discovery after a mysterious solar event plunges the world into anarchy. The World premiere of The Martini Shot starring actor Matthew Modine follows an ailing movie director as he begins to shoot what he believes to be his final work of art. Directed by Stephen Wallis, with performances from John Cleese, Derek Jacobi, Stuart Townsend and Fiona Glascott. The World premiere of Lie Of The Land from director John Carlin presents a tense drama that unfolds on a farm as a couple decide to abandon their farm but a last-minute change of heart leaves them fighting for survival.

Our Bingham Ray New Talent Award features 10 nominees from all disciplines across film including Agnes O’Casey who leads the cast in the World Premiere of Lies We Tell from director, Lisa Mulcahy, where a young woman finds herself in a struggle with family in this period drama. In the World premiere of Patricia Kelly’s Verdigris, New Talent Nominee, Maya O’ Shea plays a young woman, Jewel who befriends an older woman, Marian, a census enumerator, who needs her support to fill out the forms on the streets of Dublin.

Our World Cinema Competition which has a prize fund of €3,000 features 4 debut films in the 7 narrative and 3 documentaries with stories from around the world including the Irish premiere of Here, a captivating romantic drama that asks us to stop, reflect and enjoy living in the moment from award winning director, Bas Devos. The Irish premiere of Carol Dysinger’s One Bullet is a story of intimate female friendship forged amidst America's longest war while Muayad Alayan’s A House in Jerusalem follows a young Rebecca as she moves with her father from the UK to Jerusalem, in the hopes that a new beginning can help her heal from her mother’s sudden death.

In our new programme section Artist On Film, we encounter artists from across a variety of artforms including, a drama about the artist Audrey Amiss in Carol Morley’s Typist Artist Pirate King, an investigative portrait of the master of cinematic melodrama in Douglas Sirk – Hope As In Despair and director Michael Modak-Truran captures the complexity of Faulkner’s work and life in Faulkner: The Past Is Never Dead. We will screen the World Premiere of Donald Taylor Black’s documentary, John Behan – Odyssey which will tell the story of one of Ireland's best–known living sculptors.

Animation highlights include the Irish Premiere of A Greyhound Of A Girl, a family animation from director Enzo d’Alo that follows 11-year-old Mary who loves to cook and dreams of becoming a great chef. This adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s novel features a cast that includes, Brendan Gleeson, Sharon Horgan, Rosaleen Linehan and Charlene McKenna. Part of our Peripheral Visions Competition is the Irish premiere of White Plastic Sky, a Hungarian dystopian animation from Tibor Bánóczki and Sarolta Szabó set in the year 2123. Faced with diminishing resources, the human race can only survive through a trade-off: at the age of 50, every citizen is gradually turned into a tree.

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