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Irish Film PILGRIM HILL has International Premiere At Prestigious Telluride Film Festival

31st Aug 2012 PILGRIM HILL, directed by 24 year old Kerry filmmaker Gerard Barrett and made with a budget of €4500, had its international premiere at the renowned Telluride Film Festival last weekend where received critical acclaim.  Gerard and his debut feature film were selected as the ‘Great Expectation' of the festival, an honour that has been received by a number of highly respected film talent including Alexander Payne (The Descendents, Sideways, About Schmidt).

The Telluride Film Festival is an exclusive film festival with a phenomenal reputation.  It's unique in that it doesn't announce its programme in advance of the festival weekend but its audiences have been the first in the world to laugh with JUNO, to observe THE LIVES OF OTHERS, to visit BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, to learn the secret of THE CRYING GAME and to experience BLUE VELVET.   

Speaking about PILGRIM HILL's selection in the world renowned festival, Gerard said:  "I'm incredibly honoured that Pilgrim Hill had its international premiere at Telluride and that I was selected as the next ‘Great Expectation'. The festival has a remarkable history and some of my favourite filmmakers have premiered their films here. I just think that it is great that a little film like this can travel and affect audiences everywhere. I hope it inspires others to go out and tell their stories."

PILGRIM HILL follows the life of Jimmy, a bachelor farmer living in rural Ireland fighting isolation and loneliness while caring for his ill father.  It stars local Kerry actor Joe Mullins as Jimmy and was filmed over seven days in Kerry last year.  It premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this summer where it received rave reviews and won the Bingham Ray Award.

PILGRIM HILL which was supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board screened at the Telluride Film Festival which took place last weekend (31st August - 3rd September) in Colorado, USA.   
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