Over 80 feature films, including 16 world premieres, will be screened at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, which was launched last night in the Radisson Blu Hotel.
The Fleadh, which runs from Tuesday 11 to Sunday 16 July also includes a short film line-up of almost 100 Irish shorts, as well as event screenings, panel discussions, masterclasses and more.
Festival programmer Gar O’Brien said, “Between being both a UNESCO City of Film and the destined European Capital of Culture in 2020, we felt more pressure than ever to deliver a programme to satisfy the cineaste audiences in Galway but I think we’ve put together something for everyone across the six days.”
The Fleadh will host the Irish premiere of Christopher Nolan’s epic action thriller ‘Dunkirk’, starring Irish talents Cillian Murphy and Barry Keoghan and former One Direction member Harry Styles.
Romantic drama ‘Return to Montauk’ will also be screened at the festival, marking the screenwriting debut of Irish author Colm Tóibín.
Delivering this year’s screenwriting masterclass meanwhile is writer/director Richard Kelly, director of cult hits ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Southland Tales’.
Funny-man and frequent Ben Wheatley collaborator, Michael Smiley (Free Fire, The Lobster) will deliver this year’s actors masterclass while director Amir Bar-Lev (My Kid Could Paint That) will impart his experience from making his many acclaimed documentaries. Bar-Lev’s latest, ‘Long Strange Trip’, a four-hour-long saga on The Grateful Dead, will play as a special event complete with whiskey tasting.
The Fleadh is where it all kicks off annually for many new Irish features and the Irish industry doesn’t disappoint. Launching at this year’s Fleadh is prison drama ‘Michael Inside’, the third feature from director Frank Berry and second collaboration with his young discovery Dafhyd Flynn.
Kerry wonderkid Gerard Barrett returns to the Fleadh with his latest feature ‘Limbo’, a homeless drama made in between making his TV3 rural drama ‘Smalltown’ and selling a corporate espionage series ‘Honey’ to US network F.X.
Other Fleadh highlights include the crime caper ‘A Bad Day for the Cut’ and the high-octane medieval thriller ‘Pilgrimage’, which will both make their Irish premieres after showing earlier this year at Sundance and Tribeca respectively.
There’s a focus on Polish cinema including Agnieszka Holland’s latest ‘Spoor’, an eco thriller in the style of a Polish Fargo, but world cinema titles abound with films from over 30 countries over the Fleadh’s six days.
For fans of great documentaries, the festival hosts topical films like ‘A Cambodian Spring’, in which Irish director Chris Kelly exposes the international complicity in the corruption of the Cambodian government.
‘Condemned to Remember’ meanwhile is the follow-up film to the acclaimed 2014 documentary ‘Close to Evil’, featuring Irish holocaust survivor Toni Reichental embarking on another journey to confront human rights abuses.
The film ‘In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America’, narrated by Liam Neeson, is a portrait of the Nobel Peace Prize winner. A post screening discussion will follow with key contributors including former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
For details on this year’s Galway Film Fleadh programme see www.film fleadh.ie