My Name is Emily, The Survivalist, Pursuit, An Klondike, Traders, Song of the Sea and Moscow Never Sleeps are some of the treats in store at the Fleadh in July
Launching in Galway this evening, Festival Programmer Gar O’ Brien said, “We have put together a programme that plays to our strengths as a uniquely informal, intimate and engaging festival.”
Galway itself is also the focus of the Fleadh this year – as a recently designated UNSECO City of Film, the Fleadh is celebrating this fact with a number of features and shorts made in – or by filmmakers from – the City of the Tribes. This celebration of all things Galway kicks off in style with a free, open-air symphony of classical film music at Galway’s Spanish Arch. Pursuit, Paul Mercier’s contemporary re-imagining of the Irish myth The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne, starring Ruth Bradley, Liam Cunningham and Barry Ward, was shot in Galway and the Closing Night film An Klondike is a frontier drama about three Galwegian brothers who seek their fortune in Klondike Valley, produced by Pierce Boyce of Abú Media, and directed by Dathaí Keane.
Other Irish titles screening during the festival include the feature film debuts of Simon Fitzmaurice’s My Name is Emily, opening the festival, Mark Noonan, who’s charming comedy-drama You’re Ugly Too wherein Aidan Gillen is released from prison to care for his niece; Stephen Fingleton’s The Survivalist, a tense post-apocalyptic drama starring Martin McCann; and Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy’s Traders, exploring the terrifying depths a group of young professionals go to, to preserve their wealth and status in recession-hit Ireland.
The 2015 Fleadh will also showcase new work from directors including Johnny O’Reilly, who delivers a visual love poem to his adopted city and the interweaving lives of its denizens in Moscow Never Sleeps; Irish stalwart Cathal Black presents a new short film Butterfly; and the Cartoon Saloon crew from Kilkenny begin the home-run for their sumptuous Oscar® nominated and IFTA-winning animated feature Song of the Sea.
This year’s country-in-focus at the Fleadh is The Netherlands, showcasing the best in contemporary Dutch Cinema with films such as Admiral, an epic, sea-faring adventure from the golden age of Dutch history; Zurich, the latest from rising auteur Sacha Polak and Son of Mine, the searing, father-son crime drama set in impoverished South Limburg. The Netherlands’ strong reputation for documentary is represented by Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice, a poetic documentary about the impact of backpackers in remote northern Laos, and Sergio Herman: F***ing Perfect, which follows the perfectionist, Michelin 3-Star chef as he plans to close down his award-winning restaurant in the hope of a simpler life.
As previously reported, John C Reilly is the subject of this year’s public interview on Sunday afternoon at the Galway Town Hall. Other special guests joining the godfather of Iranian cinema, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, include screenwriter Michael Tolkin (The Player, Deep Impact, Changing Lanes) and Disney Pixar’s Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera (Monsters Inc., Up) with the Irish Premiere of their much anticipated new film, Inside/Out.
See the full programme at: www.galwayfilmfleadh.com.