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Tuesday 24 October 2017

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Carey Mulligan arrives at the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 8, 2011 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images For PSFF)
Carey Mulligan arrives at the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 8, 2011 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images For PSFF)

Declan Cashin

Tomorrow is the Irish Film Institute's annual Open Day with a roster of free film screenings that covers previews of upcoming releases as well as some classics movie faves. Did we mention it's all free? FREE! There will be advance showings of Sofia Coppola's latest The Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson, and Sophie Lellouche's debut film Paris-Manhattan, a French tribute-of-sorts to Woody Allen.

Also featuring in the line-up are The Godfather Part II (1974) and the memorable film debut from Natalie Portman alongside Jean Reno in Léon (1994).

Tickets for all films will be distributed in person only at 11am tomorrow at the IFI in Temple Bar. There is a maximum of four tickets per-person-queuing – so Reel Life's advice is to get there as early as humanly possible for a Saturday morning. See www.ifi.ie

Q On the subject of free screenings, the Jameson Cult Film Club is back this month with a screening of Irish flick Intermission on Tuesday at a Dublin city venue.

Apply for free tickets at www.JamesonCultFilmClub.ie

Q One of the undoubted highlights of any Irish movie fan's year is the Galway Film Fleadh, which this year is marking its 25th anniversary, running from July 9-14.

It has already been announced that Saoirse Ronan will be a guest of honour at the event and the subject of this year's public interview in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, July 14.

The full programme will be revealed on June 25 (so keep a close eye on www.galwayfilmfleadh.com), but Reel Life has heard that one movie that will be featuring is The Runner, a fascinating documentary about Salah Ameidan (inset below centre), a long distance runner from the Western Sahara.

He now lives in exile in France and runs as a form of activism to raise awareness about the situation in his country. It's directed by Palestinian filmmaker Saeed Taji Farouky and has been four years in the making. That level of commitment deserves applauding.

Q You might recall a few weeks back Reel Life mentioning that Hollywood was going into one of its customary 'Finding Scarlett O'Hara'-esque casting overdrives to find the right leading lady to assay the title role in the forthcoming Hillary Clinton biopic.

Amanda Seyfried and woman-of-the-moment Jennifer Lawrence have both been considered the top choices, but now it seems that Carey Mulligan (top left) is the frontrunner to play the former First Lady and Secretary of State (and who knows what other title she will accrue?)

Mulligan wouldn't be Reel Life's first choice – we've gone cool on her in the last two years, to be perfectly honest – but we'll know for certain who has secured the part in the next few weeks.

Q Finally, here's an interesting one: cinema owners in the US have issued a call to Hollywood to shorten its movie trailers.

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO – seriously) wants 30 seconds shaved off the standard preview to make each one a lean two minutes long.

Reel Life wholly supports the proposal. And while we're at it, can we cut back on the amount of adverts, sponsored promos, extended previews and insulting anti-piracy ads (erm, we've just paid to come to the cinema. You really are preaching to the wrong crowd).

All of that lot, collectively, delays the start time of movies by an insane 25-30 minutes.

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