‘Run & Jump’, ‘Coming Home’ and Saoirse Ronan triumph at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

After a week of Irish and international premieres, short films, documentaries, workshops and panels, the 25th Galway Film Fleadh came to a close with the annual awards ceremony. Taking place on Sunday 14th July before the closing film, The Sea, the awards were attended by international film stars Saoirse Ronan, Zachary Quinto, Fionnuala Flanagan and Will Forte, as well as the President of Ireland, Michael.D.Higgins.

Steph Green’s Run & Jump scooped the awards for Best Irish Feature and the Crowe Horwath Award for Best First Irish Feature. Steph Green’s feature debut after her short New Boy received an Oscar nomination, Run & Jump is an unconventional love story set in rural Ireland and stars Maxine Peake and Will Forte.

Other winners included Dead Cat Bounce’s comedy mockumentary, Discoverdale, which picked up Best International Feature. Viko Nikci’s documentary, Coming Home, which follows Angel Cordero, a man who has served 13 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, won both the Best Irish Feature Documentary Award and the Amnesty International Award for Best Human Rights Documentary.

President Higgins presented the special Galway Hooker Awards, which this year went to Miriam Allen, managing director and co-founder of the festival, James Morris, former chair of the Irish Film Board, and Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.

Click here for a list of all the winners at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: The Sea

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

The Sea

Sunday, 14th July

Town Hall Theatre

20.00

The Sea, directed by Stephen Brown and based on the Booker prize-winning novel by John Banville, will close out the 25th Galway Film Fleadh this Sunday. Produced by Dublin-based Samson Films, Ciarán Hinds leads an impressive cast as a widower returning to the seaside resort where he spent summers as a child. The setting for the novel, Wexford, was the location for much of the principle photography.

It is director Stephen Brown’s first feature, and he has been working in TV since he made his last short, the successful The Curious, 18 years ago. Stephen spoke to Film Ireland saying that he was “honoured that The Sea will be shown at the Galway Film Fleadh and that it is recognised as an Irish film. In making it, Ireland has come to mean a lot to me. I found a poetic resonance in the way words are spoken and I found an exacting beauty in the landscape and weather which, all combined, gave me a powerful set of materials to work with. As an Englishman whose contact with Ireland feels like a delight and a beginning, I hope Galway enjoys my movie. Thank you!”

Ciarán Hinds, fresh from the successes of Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, heads up a cast that includes Natascha McElhone (Californication, The Truman Show), Charlotte Rampling (The Duchess), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist), Sinead Cusack (Eastern Promises, V for Vendetta), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter) and Ronan Keating’s daughter Missy Keating.

The Sea tells the story of Max Morden who returns to the seaside resort where he spent his childhood in search of peace after the death of his wife. After finding lodges at a boarding house run by the frosty Miss Vavasour, his trip begins to dig up ghosts from his past. His mind returns to the idyllic and eventful summer when he met the Grace family. As Max returns to memories of this unconventional family, and of his departed wife, he will also uncover a distant trauma long forgotten.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: How to be Happy

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

How to be Happy

Sunday, 13th July

Cinemobile

11.00 & 12.30

How to be Happy, the new Irish comedy, will have its world premiere this Sunday at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh. The story of a relationship councillor who starts sleeping with his clients, the feature was shot on location in Dublin as part of the Filmbase/Staffordshire University MSc Digital Feature Film Production course.

Mark Gaster, who directed the film along with Michael Costine and Brian O’Neill, told Film Ireland, ‘I’m delighted that we’ve made it to Galway. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been involved with such talented, hardworking and dedicated people. The crew, cast and Filmbase had to push extremely hard to get from the initial concept of How to be Happy to a finished feature in the space of about six months. It’s great everyone’s efforts were rewarded with a showing at the Fleadh and, on top of that, not only did we sell out in twenty four hours but when the Fleadh announced a second showing it sold out even faster’.

Brian Gleeson (Love/Hate) stars as Cormac Kavanagh who, after a bad breakup, starts sleeping with his clients in a misguided attempt to reignite their passions. Things get complicated when he falls for Flor, played by Gemma-Leah Devereux (Stitches, The Tudors), a private investigator charged with investigating his affairs. Meanwhile, his cousin Al, played by Stephen Mullan, is an accountant with a marriage in crisis who tries to get Cormac back together with his ex-wife. In a twisting comedy of misunderstandings, their worlds will come crashing together before they all learn How to be Happy.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh: Moon Man

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Moon Man

Saturday, 13th July

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12.15

Moon Man, the 2D feature animation based on Tomi Ungerer’s best-seller, takes giant steps to the Galway Film Fleadh this weekend. Ireland’s Ross Murray and Paul Young, from Cartoon Saloon (The Secret Life of Kells) produced the film along with the German director, Stephfan Schesch, and French company, Le Pacte. Irish animators who worked on the project include Fabian Erlinghauser (The Secret of Kells), Sean McCarron (Song of the Sea) and Marie Thorhauge (Old Fangs).

Catherine Hehir, Studio Manager at Cartoon Saloon, told Film Ireland, ‘We are delighted that the Galway Film Fleadh will be screening Moon Man, and the fact that author Tomi Ungerer will be there makes it a very special event’.

Ungerer, who is now based in Cork, acted as a consultant to the filmmakers and will be taking part in a Q&A with Stefano Scapolan from Cartoon Saloon after the screening.

Moon Man is a loving family tale about the man in the moon, who isn’t even aware how much children love him. When a shooting star passes by on its way to earth, he hitches a ride and crashes down on a planet ruled by a tyrannical President. Escaping the president’s soldiers, Moon Man sets off on an adventure , where he will marvel at the many wonders the Earth has to offer and realise how much children love and need him.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Cold

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Cold

Saturday, 13th July

Town Hall Theatre

23.00

Eoin Macken writes, directs and stars in a new feature, Cold, set to premiere on Saturday at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh. Partly funded through an indiegogo campaign, the film is centred around two disconnected brothers, and is partly inspired by John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.

Film Ireland spoke to Eoin Macken about what it means to have his feature premiere at the Fleadh. ‘For me, having my film premiere in the main hall in Galway is an honour. Galway is my favourite film festival, and is a huge part of Irish filmmaking. Ever since I first started attending the festival I have wanted to premiere a feature I directed in the main hall, so it’s very exciting and humbling, and a testament to the talented people who trusted me on this film’.

When Jack (Eoin Macken) returns home due to the mysterious death of his father, a dark history between him and his brother, Tom (Tom Hopper), resurfaces. Events take an unexpected turn when they find a girl dumped still alive in the moors. What follows is a tragic and surreal tale of love and redemption.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Run & Jump

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Run & Jump

Saturday, 13th July

Town Hall Theatre

21.00

Oscar-nominated Steph Green’s first feature, Run & Jump, will have its Irish premiere this weekend at the Galway Film Fleadh. Green was nominated for an Oscar for her short New Boy. Her new feature, written by Ailbhe Keogan and produced by Tamara Anghie, is an unconventional love story set in rural Ireland about a woman’s relationships with her husband, after he suffers a stroke, and with the doctor treating him.

Talking about the Fleadh, Tamara Anghie told Film Ireland, ‘We wrapped shooting on 13th July 2012, so it’s particularly exciting to have our national premiere exactly a year later to the day at the Galway Film Fleadh. Having had our shorts play here over the years, it’s a real honour for Steph, myself and Ailbhe to have our first feature as part of the 25th anniversary of one of the most vibrant, fun and noted festivals on the circuit’.

The film follows Vanetia Casey (Maxine Peake), who is struggling to return her family to normality after her husband, Conor (Edward MacLiam), suffers a rare stroke that changes his personality. When an American doctor, Ted (Will Forte), comes to stay with the family to study Conor’s condition, relationships are strained. With two children and two men in the house, Vanetia treats Ted with hostility, before seeing the calming effects he has on the family.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Out of Here

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Out of Here

Saturday, 13th July

Town Hall Theatre

19.00

This Saturday the 25th Galway Film Fleadh will host the world premiere of Dublin-born filmmaker Donal Foreman’s debut feature, Out of Here. Producer Emmet Fleming and Stalker Films independently raised the money to complete this coming of age story about a young man returning home from travelling to a recession-hit Dublin.

Emmet Fleming told Film Ireland, ‘I’m hugely excited to be premiering Out of Here in Galway, as it’s a festival I’ve always loved attending. We’ve got a great slot in the Town Hall and we’re delighted with the reaction the film’s received so far’.

Donal Foreman talked to us about the influence the Fleadh had on him as a young filmmaker. ‘It means a lot to me to premiere at the Fleadh, especially because it was the first “grown up” film festival that accepted one of my short films when I was 17. I also discovered a lot of great international cinema at the Fleadh as a teenager (Abbas Kiarostami and Alexander Sokurov, for example), and got to rub shoulders (and argue with) pioneers of Irish film like Bob Quinn and Joe Comerford in the Rowing Club, which really left a lasting impression. Considering the Fleadh was really a formative part of my development as a filmmaker, it seems fitting to be back here premiering my first feature’.

Out of Here, which was shot on location around Dublin, stars Fionn Walton (What Richard Did) as Ciaran, a passionate college dropout returning home to contemporary Dublin. Having to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend, his parents and a social scene he left behind, Ciaran questions whether he should stay or go – and comes to realise the difference between being stuck and being present. Out of Here explores the dilemas facing young people in a culture still recovering from the economic crash, and will likely strike a chord with Irish audiences at home and abroad.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Close to Evil

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Close to Evil

Saturday, 13th July

Cinemobile

16.00

Gerry Gregg’s 2008 documentary Till the Tenth Generation followed Tomi Reichental, one of two surviving Holocaust victims living in Ireland, as he returned to Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp to face the horrors of his past. Five years later, Gerry Gregg’s sequel, Close to Evil, follow’s Tomi’s quest to find one of the SS guards who kept him captive, and will premiere this Saturday at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh.

Gerry Gregg told Film Ireland, ‘The occasion of a ‘World Premiere’ at the Galway Film Fleadh allows us to demonstrate that strong stories can be told when a group of dedicated film makers get together and make something worthwhile that will stand the test of time. When that deeply satisfying and exciting moment will come to pass next Saturday afternoon, when the lights fade in the Cinemobile and the first images flash on the screen, regardless of what happens afterwards, we will have delivered on our promise to Tomi’.

In 1945, Tomi Reichental was nine years old and starving to death in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where 35 members of his family lost their lives. Close to Evil follows him in his quest to shake the hand of Hilde Lisiewicz, who was one of the SS guards kept Tomi and his family captive. Along the way he reveals a dark secret that Hilde has long kept hidden.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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