Ciaran Cassidy ‘s documentary The Last Days of Peter Bergmann screens on RTE1 tonight, 6th January, at 11:15. The film tells the story of a man calling himself Peter Bergmann who arrived in Sligo Town in the summer of 2009. Over his final three days, he went to great lengths to make sure that no one would ever know who he was or where he came from.
The Last Days of Peter Bergmann has won the Best Documentary Short Film Award at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). This is the second time the film has attained Oscar eligibility through winning an accredited International Film Festival. It previously won the Audience Award at Stranger than Fiction, Grand Jury Prize at Nashville Film Festival and the IFTA for Best Short Film.
Ciarán Cassidy’s film follows a man who arrived in Sligo in the summer of 2009 , over his final three days, he would go to great lengths to ensure no one would ever discover who he was or where he came from.
The film which was funded as part of the Irish Film Boards Reality Bites Scheme has so far screened at over 25 festivals worldwide after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
Ciaran Cassidy’s The Last Days of Peter Bergmann has won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Nashville Film Festival. The win means that the film, which earlier this month won the IFTA for Best Short, is an Oscar-qualifying film.
The win comes just as the film has been selected to screen in Paris at the Panorama of the Golden Nights which is organised by the French Academy of Cinema – Académie des César.
The film is set to have its UK premiere this weekend at Sundance London.
Calvary and The Last Days of Peter Bergmann will join feature Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank at the 2014 Sundance Festival.
Calvary, directed by John Michael McDonagh, is a blackly comic drama about a good priest tormented by his community. It is McDonagh’s follow-up to 2011’s The Guard and again stars Brendan Gleeson (Albert Nobbs, Studs), along with Chris O’Dowd (The Sapphires, Bridesmaids), Aidan Gillen (Mister John, Shadow Dancer), Dylan Moran (Good Vibrations, A Film with Me In It), Domhnall Gleeson (Sensation, Shadow Dancer) and Killian Scott (Good Vibrations, Black Ice). Calvary is produced by Octagon Films and was shot in Sligo and Dublin.
The Last Days of Peter Bergmann, directed by Ciaran Cassidy and produced by Morgan Bushe for Fastnet Films, had its world premiere at IFI Stranger Than Fiction this year, where it picked up the audience award for Best Short Film. The short film was funded under the IFB’s Reality Bites scheme and tells the story of a man calling himself Peter Bergmann who arrived in Sligo Town in the summer of 2009. Over his final three days, he went to great lengths to make sure that no one would ever know who he was or where he came from.
Sundance takes place from January 16th and 26th in Park City, Utah.