Close To Evil: Extended Cut – Preview of Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh

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The 26th Galway Film Fleadh (8 – 13 July, 2014)

Close To Evil: Extended Cut

Fri 11th July



The extended cut of the award-winning documentary, Close to Evil, will screen as part of the 26th annual Galway Film Fleadh. A ‘work in progress’ version of the film received acclaim when it screened as part of last year’s fleadh, getting a runner-up spot for Best Irish Feature Documentary. Director Gerry Gregg will now return to the Fleadh with an extended cut complete with extra footage.

Close to Evil follows Tomi Reichental, one of two surviving Holocaust victims living in Ireland, on a quest to find one of the SS guards who kept him captive. Director Gerry Gregg told Film Ireland that  “I want to sincerely thank Miriam Allen and Gar O’Brien for encouraging us to finish the film and for endorsing what we have made by screening the extended cut in Galway this year. From the outset when Miriam and Gar saw an early rough cut they supported us.

“Last year’s success at Galway greatly helped us and made life a bit easier for our champion in RTÉ Colm O’Callaghan. It was Colm, our RTÉ Executive Producer who stepped into the breach when the Film Board surprisingly declined to back the project.  It was Colm who made sure that we kept going, put us back on location when and where it mattered and oversaw a film that none of us involved could have foreseen how it would end.”

Director Gerry Gregg gives Film Ireland the background to the new extended cut of his film Close to Evil here.

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