Starring Michiel Huisman, Niamh Algar, Samuel Bottomley, Eleanor O’Brien, Colm Meaney, Brian Cox
Directed by Aoife Crehan
New York-based DANIEL MURPHY wakes on a flight home to Ireland for his Mum’s funeral to find elderly passenger PADRAIG MURPHY has died in the next seat. To his surprise the lonely Padraig had just listed him as his next of kin.
In a bid to persuade his autistic brother LOUIS to return to New York with him, Daniel agrees to drive Padraig’s remains across the length of Ireland, from Cork to Rathlin Island, to be buried with his brother. Hitching a ride in the passenger seat is the funeral home temp MARY, who is on a mission to correct a drunken mistake. Meanwhile, the police realise Daniel has no business driving off with Padraig’s body, and Daniel, Mary and Louis find themselves the focus of a nationwide manhunt.
As they cross the country and the border, sparks ignite between Mary and Daniel. But when a long-buried family secret endangers the fragile truce between the brothers, Mary finds herself caught in the crossfire.
With its uniquely Irish sense of humour, this is a heart-warming and bittersweet comedy drama about family and finding home.
Opens in Irish cinemas December 6th, cert: 15a.
After a fantastic opening weekend at the Irish box-office with further expansion this week, The Man Who Wanted To Fly has been officially selected for Newport Beach Film Festival and also nominated in the Single Documentary category of the Celtic Media Festival.
The largest international cinema event in South California, the 20th Newport Beach Film Festival will take place from April 25th to May 2nd. The Celtic Media Festival, which is held in a different Celtic heartland each year, will be situated in Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands this time round, and will run from June 4th to 6th.
“The reactions we’re getting from audiences are astounding,” said Trisha Canning, producer of The Man Who Wanted To Fly.
“What’s been really pleasing for us is the large cross section of audience with which the film is striking a chord. People of all ages seem to be really enjoying it, with one of the film’s core themes of never giving up on a dream, particularly resonating.”
Screen Ireland has announced that registration for the Irish Pavilion at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival is now open.
The Irish Pavilion is located at No. 131, in the International Village.
Online registration will close on Thursday 18 April 2019 at 5 pm.
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The 20th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will present the largest celebration of Irish Cinema in North America during its eight-day run (April 25 – May 2, 2019) in Southern California. Highlights include an Irish Showcase event, red carpet premieres, Breakthrough Artist Award presentation to Moe Dunford, eleven Irish feature length films, twenty Irish short films, the participation of Irish filmmakers and talent.
On Saturday, April 27th, the Festival will honour Irish Actor Moe Dunford with the Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2019 Festival Honors reception co-hosted by Variety Magazine at the Balboa Bay Resort. Dunford, who stars in three of the Festival’s Irish films (Metal Heart, Rosie, The Dig) and is best known for Vikings, Patrick’s Day and Michael Inside (a 2018 NBFF official selection), has emerged as one of Ireland’s most talented and versatile actors with a robust slate of films in the works, on the festival circuit and in theatrical release. On Sunday, April 28th, 2019, the Festival will present its Irish Showcase, an evening celebration of Celtic cinema and culture. The event will feature the premiere of the three highly anticipated Irish films, Metal Heart, The Belly of the Whale and Rosie followed by a festive post-screening reception.
Other Irish feature length narrative films screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival include the international premiere of acclaimed Irish director Alexandra McGuinness’ film, She’s Missingas well as John Butler’s, Papi Chulo and Carmel Winters’ Float Like A Butterfly (US Premiere). The Irish animated feature Captain Morten and the Spider Queen (US Premiere) will screen in the Festival’s Family Film Series. The Irish short film Breastfriends will screen as part of the Festival’s Growing Up Shortly program. Irish feature length documentary films in the line-up include Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk and The Man Who Wanted to Fly (US Premiere). Two Irish feature length documentaries An Engineer Imagines (US Premiere), Citizen Lane (US Premiere) and the short Irish documentary Bordalo II: A Life of Waste will screen as part of the Festival’s Art, Architecture + Design Film Series.
For further information see: www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com.
WAward winning film Taking Stock, will have its US premiere at the prestige’s Newport Beach Festival . This Irish drama short film was written and directed by Siobhán McMahon and produced by Galway native Emma Owen from Galway based production company Babyjane Productions.
This ambitious project was funded by Kildare Short Grass Films; an initiative of Kildare County Councilheaded by Lucina Russell Arts Officer. Lucina brings together both professional and aspiring film makers in Kildare to create a film cultural legacy that will hopefully continue for many years to come.
Starring Kelly Gough, Michael O’Kelly and Rachel Lynch, the film tells the story of a farmer who battles through the aftermath of a cattle raid. It explores the affect this has on him and his family and how one copes in tough circumstances.
This story is not unique to Ireland. It happens all around the world. Thieves never think of the consequences their actions have on the farmer and their families.
The project has been challenging and an absolute pleasure collaborating with all the cast and crew involved. There has been huge enthusiasm from all, which shows the necessity for schemes like Short Grass Films to continue.
‘We couldn’t have done it without the support of all the cast, crew and the locals – they are the ones who deserve all the credit’ says Emma Owen from Babyjane Productions. ‘The significant grant-aid awarded from Kildare County Council was further enhanced by sponsorship fromCreans Restaurant Killculllen, Ashover Lodge Killcullen, Cine Electric Ardmore Studios and Element Post Production. We owe them our sincerest gratitude’.
‘We also want to thank our relentless crew who worked tirelessly throughout the project. We were extremely lucky to have IFTA winning Burschi Wojnar, award winning sound designer Paul Rowland and two-time Emmy nominated composer Joseph Conlan on our team’.
We are excited to see how the film performs on the festival circuit both nationally and internationally. It’s a story that will resonate with all audiences throughout the world as it’s a real human story.
Siobhán McMahon, director & writer, commented that ‘It was a privilege to work with such an amazing cast and crew on Taking Stock and I am thrilled to be launching the film onto the festival circuit’.
Producer Emma Owen commented ‘We are excited to take the next step with Taking Stock. Siobhan’s stunning directorial is a beautiful, poignant and a searingly honest portrayal of marriage and human emotions in a difficult time. ‘
Northern Ireland’s only Oscar® affiliated film festival has launched its 2019 Light In Motion (LIM) competition, open to filmmakers and animators across the world. Based in Derry~Londonderry, the Foyle Film Festival competition will remain open for entries until September 23, 2019.
The three competition categories under Light In Motion 2019 are:
· Best Irish Short
· Best International Short
· Best Animation
The category winners will be announced at the closing evening Light in Motion Awards Ceremony, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, on Sunday 24 November 2019.
Recipients of the LIM Awards qualify for consideration in the Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without needing the standard theatrical run. Foyle Film Festival is also an IMDb Qualifying Festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast-tracked title page on IMDb.com.
Previous festival winners and competitors who have proceeded to win the Oscar® include: Terry George for The Shore (2012), Martin McDonagh for Six Shooter (2006), Andrea Arnold for Wasp (2004), Adam Elliot for Harvie Krumpet (2003), and Eric Armstrong for Chubbchubbs (2002).
The success continues with 2018 Oscar® nominations for LIM Award finalist The Silent Child directed by Chris Overton and 2018 BAFTA award in Short Animation for LIM Award finalist Poles Apart directed by Paloma Baeza and Ser En Low.
Funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen, by Derry City and Strabane District Council and Tourism NI, Foyle Film Festival delivers a comprehensive programme of documentaries, short films and feature films from all over the world.
Now in its 32nd year, it continues to be a platform for filmmakers, animators and artists to screen their films, network with industry professionals and gain access to the international market.
For more information on how to enter visit www.foylefilmfestival.org.
The Japanese Film Festival returns for its 11th outing this April, with a packed programme that will bring the best of Japanese cinema to screens across Ireland.
This year the schedule includes 46 screenings of 16 feature films across Dublin, Galway, Tipperary, Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Waterford and Dundalk.
The festival kicks off this year on the weekend of Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th with screenings in Dublin and Galway, and will continue until Saturday April 20th with the final screenings in Dundalk and Waterford.
This year’s programme includes the brilliant yakuza thriller The Blood of Wolves, which recently picked up four Japan Academy Prizes. Born Bone Born is a crowd-pleasing family drama focused around the Okinawan custom of senkotsu (bone washing ceremony). Jesus is a true original from first-time director Hiroshi Okuyama, focusing on one lonely boy’s experiences when a miniature, dancing Jesus Christ shows up unexpectedly. Quirky rom-com Tremble All You Want boasts an extraordinary central performance from Mayu Matsuoka. Meanwhile, acclaimed director Shinya Tsukamoto (best-known for the Tetsuo series) returns with his latest film – the brutal but thoughtful samurai thriller Killing. Elsewhere, The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotineis an epic and intelligent drama in which the worlds of female sumo wrestling and anarchist violence collide.
The festival will host extra cinema screenings of the smash hit zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead plus an opportunity to discover a neglected one with the outrageous 1980s musical gem The Legend of the Stardust Brothers.
This year’s anime selection includes Irish premieres of two new films. The charming Penguin Highway marks the first full-length feature from Studio Colorido, and is a delight for all ages. Elsewhere, there will be few dry eyes in the cinema during the moving romantic drama I Want to Eat Your Pancreas.
Ticket sales information for screenings are available from each participating venue.
Ticketing links and listings are also available at www.jff.ie
JFF 2019 Screening Schedule:
Dublin – Chester Beatty Library: Saturday April 6th
Galway – Eye Cinema: Sunday April 7th to Thursday April 11th
Tipperary – LIT Clonmel: Monday April 8th
Limerick – University of Limerick: Tuesday April 9th
Cork – Cork Institute of Technology: Wednesday April 10th
Sligo – The Model Sligo: Wednesday April 10th
Cork – Gate Cinema: Thursday April 11th to Saturday April 13th
Dublin – Light House Cinema: Thursday April 11th to Sunday April 14th
Galway – Pálás: Friday April 12th to Monday April 15th
Tipperary – Tipperary Excel: Saturday April 13th to Sunday April 14th
Cork – Triskel Christchurch: Sunday April 14th to Thursday April 18th
Waterford – Garter Lane Arts Centre: Thursday April 18th to Saturday April 20th
Dundalk – An Táin Arts Centre: Saturday April 20th