Galway Film Fleadh programme launch - John C. Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Pixar's Pete Docter and the best of Dutch cinema
The full programme for this year's Galway Film Fleadh has been launched and it's crammed with film from Galway to the Netherlands.
Hollywood star John C Reilly will be jetting in for the public interview in the Town Hall Theatre while Pixar's Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera will attend the Irish premiere of their hugely successful new flick, Inside Out.
The fleadh will feature 13 world premieres, daily programmes of shorts which are in the running for the Oscars, and documentaries covering music, food, Hollywood secrets and the origins of cinema.
Galway was designated a UNSECO City of Film in 2014 and the Fleadh is celebrating this fact with a number of features and shorts made in – or by filmmakers from – the City of the Tribes.
This celebration of all things Galway kicks off with a free, open-air symphony of classical film music at Galway’s Spanish Arch.
Pursuit, a contemporary re-imagining of the Irish myth The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne, was shot in Galway and the Closing Night film An Klondike is a frontier drama about three Galwegian brothers who seek their fortune in Klondike Valley.
First-time feature directors are also showcased this year with Mark Noonan's comedy drama You're Ugly Too which stars Aidan Gillen, Stephen Fingleton's The Survivalist, a tense post-apocalyptic drama, and Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy's Traders, about a group of young professionals struggling to preserve their wealth in recession-hit Ireland.
The 2015 Fleadh will also showcase new work from directors like Johnny O’Reilly, who delivers a visual love poem to his adopted city and the interweaving lives of its denizens in Moscow Never Sleeps; Irish stalwart Cathal Black presents a new short film Butterfly; and the Cartoon Saloon crew from Kilkenny begin the home-run for their sumptuous Oscar nominated animation Song of the Sea.
Documentary-wise, An Open Secret exposes Hollywood child abuse rings while The First Film features the story of forgotten cinema pioneer Louis Le Prince. Mary McAleese and the Man Who Saved Europe sees hte former president as our guide to the legacy of St Columbanus. Also, Older Than Ireland tells the story of Ireland through interviews with 30 centenarians.
This year also boasts a celebration of Dutch cinema.
For details on these screenings and much more, including masterclasses, Q+As, panel discussions and musical accompaniments, check out www.galwayfilmfleadh.com