New Roots Festival Starts today in Manorhamilton, Leitrim

Cinema North West Launch their New Roots Festival in New Line, Manorhamilton in the Leitrim Cinemobile today at 2pm with a free screening of the Swedish film Leaps and Bounds. The festival which celebrates diversity and culture in Leitrim today finishes in Carrick-on-Shannon on 20th February and all screenings are free.

This weekend’s full line up is as follows:

Friday, 4th February, 2pm, Leaps and Bounds, dir Peter Naas, 2007 Sweden.
Friday, 4th February, 6:30pm, Here to Stay, dir Aine O’Brien/Alan Grossman, 2006 Ireland.
Friday, 4th February, 8:30pm, The Reverse, dir Borys Lankosz, 2009 Poland.

Saturday, 5th February, 3pm, Kirikou and the Sorceress, dir Michael Ocelot, 1998 France.
Saturday, 5th February, 5:30pm, Le Grand Voyage, dir Ismael Ferrouki, 2004 Morooco.
Saturday, 5th February 8:00pm, The Last Temptation of Christ, dir Martin Scorcese, 1988 USA

Sunday, 6th February, 5:00pm, Kundun, dir Martin Scorcese, 1997 USA
Sunday, 6th February, 8:00pm, The Front Line, dir David Gleeson, 2006 Ireland

To book tickets call 086-604 9365 or email Post film discussions will be led by people from relevant communities and/or filmmakers and tickets are also available on the door.

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'Swansong, The Story of Occi Byrne' on release in selected cinemas on Friday 10th September


The feature film Swansong, Story of Occi Byrne, written and directed by Conor McDermottroe, goes on release in the Light House Cinema, Dublin and in select cinemas in the Sligo/Leitrim area from today Friday 10th September.

Swansong, Story of Occi Byrne portrays the life of Austin ‘Occi’ Byrne who is brought up in Sligo by his alcoholic mother and who suffers traumatic bullying at the hands of a local gang because he has no father. Occi grows up plagued by anger, confusion and pain. In the hopes of unlocking his own identity and overcoming the past that haunts him, he sets out to find his father and discover the secret of his birth. Remaining fiercely loyal to his mother, Occi is consistently tested on his journey, but eventually learns the true power that comes with love, friendship and most of all, a sense of belonging.

This emotional film stars Martin McCann (The Sound of People, Killing Bono) in the lead role as Occi, with Jodie Whittaker (Perrier’s Bounty), Marcella Plunkett (Once), Gerard Mc Sorley (Wide Open Spaces), Brid Brennan (Dancing at Lughnasa) and Owen Roe (Intermission) all included in the cast.

Produced by Edwina Forkin and Tom Maguire for Zanzibar Films in Ireland and Hermann Florin for Florin Films in Germany, it was co-financed by the IFB, RTÉ, Eurimage, Kinowelt and ZDF/Arte and was shot entirely on location in Sligo.  The film premiered at last year’s Galway Film Fleadh where it picked up the runner up prize for Best Irish Feature Film.

Swansong, Story of Occi Byrne will be released in the Light House Cinema, Smithfield and in selected cinemas in the Sligo/Leitrim area and will also be showing in towns through the North-west cinemobile. Conor McDermottroe will be in attendance for Q&A sessions.

Film Ireland will have an exclusive podcast interview with Conor McDermottroe online next week.

Find out where you can catch the film at the official website