Interview: Willy Vlautin, author of The Motel Life


Olaf Tyaransen interviews acclaimed American musician and novelist Willy Vlautin (pictured) for the Galway Film Fleadh. The movie of his debut novel, The Motel Life, – which screens at this year’s Fleadh –  is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier.

The film follows Frank (Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild) and Jerry Lee (Stephen Dorff, Blade Runner, Shadow Boxer), brothers who get by on telling fantastic stories and creating rich illustrations. When Jerry Lee is involved in a hit-and-run accident, the brothers are forced across the state to the home of Frank’s old flame, Annie (Dakota Fanning, The Twilight Saga). While they seem safe from the law, Jerry Lee’s instability and all-consuming guilt render their future increasingly uncertain.

The Motel Life screens on Sunday, 13 July at IMC 7 @ 19.00 as part of the 26th Galway Film Fleadh.

Don’t You Know Who I Am? produced by Olaf Tyaransen and John Burns, and directed by Paul Duane, screens on Saturday 12 July at the Fleadh as part of the New Irish Shorts 6: Close Up

Click here for our coverage of Irish Film at the Fleadh


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