Lies We Tell

The Kerry Film Festival has launched its 2017 programme. The festival takes place in Killarney, Co. Kerry from the 19th to the 22nd of October 2017 and showcases the best in Short, Feature and Documentary Cinema from at home and abroad, and introducing Discovery Features, a platform for first time feature film makers.

Kicking things The Crest documents the journey of two descendants of an Irish king who journey to the island where he once presided — not to reclaim the land, but to surf the waves. Surprising, scenic, and brave adventures The Crest is a portrait of a family estranged by time and distance, but united by a peculiar devotion to the dangers of the Sea. Other epic journeys unfold in both Emer Reynolds’ stunning The Farthest, which follows the Voyager Space Probe as it prepares to leave our Solar System some 12 billion miles away.

Other Irish highlights include From The Land of Mhúscraí (Ó Dhúthaigh Mhúscraí )a creative documentary exploring the works of contemporary artist living in the Múscraí Gaeltacht of West Cork. And Drimoleague-born director Pat Collins’ poetic and arresting portrait of celebrated Sean-Nós singer Joe Heaney in Song of GraniteIreland’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Annual Academy awards.

Another Irish Feature Premiere, Lies We Tell features Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne as the faithful right-hand man of a dead gangster who finds himself pulled into a dangerous showdown where he must deal with his boss’s mistress and her gangster ex-husband, while Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect is a profile of the Pritzker Prize-winning Irish-American architect. Although Roche has reached the top of his profession, he has not sought fame, and little is known about him here. He is best known in Ireland as the architect of Dublin’s Convention Centre.

The Festival closes with A Captain Unafraid, which follows the strange adventures of ‘Dynamite Johnny O’Brien’ who, despite being born in Manhattan to Irish parents, managed to get involved in revolutions in Haiti, Colombia, Texas and Mexico before finding his destiny in the 19th Century Cuban War of Independence.

The Kerry Film Festival will also present the Maureen O’Hara Award for 2017 to Emer Reynolds to celebrate her contribution to the film industry and in admiration for her work which continues to engage audiences and inspire fellow filmmakers. The Kerry Film Festival inaugurated the Maureen O’Hara Award in 2008 to celebrate outstanding women in cinema. The award was named in honour of O’Hara, one of Hollywood’s best loved and most inspiring actresses.


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