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New Irish Films Screening @ The Galway Film Fleadh

10th Jul 2012
An unprecedented number of new Irish films will screen at the Galway Film Fleadh this week in a line-up that boasts 13 world premieres and seven European premieres.  The festival which runs from July 10th - 15th will showcase a large number of Irish features, documentaries and short films which received funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB).

Following on from its recent critical acclaim at the Edinburgh International Film Festival GRABBERS will kick off the festival today Tuesday 10th July with the films director Jon Wright in attendance.

Among the Irish world premieres is Mark O'Connor's much anticipated KING OF THE TRAVELLERS, a contemporary drama set in the Irish traveller community and driven by emotive Shakespearean themes of love, betrayal, friendship and revenge and Sean O'Cualáin's documentary LÓN SA SPÉIR (MEN AT LUNCH) which is the remarkable story behind one of the most iconic images of the 20th century - Lunch Atop a Skyscraper - taken on the 69th floor of the Rockefeller Building in 1932.

The Fleadh will continue its rich tradition of showcasing new Irish talent as Norah McGettigan's impressive directorial debut SANCTUARY screens on Friday 13th.  The film which stars Anne-Marie Duff and Jan Frycz tells of one man's struggle to come to terms with the loss of his wife, the inability to connect with his daughter, and the rediscovery of a life which had almost passed him by.  Other directorial debuts to screen include Gerard Barrett's PILGRIM HILL and Phil Harrison's THE GOOD MAN which stars Aidan Gillen.

New Irish cinema from established directors include John Carney's supernatural feature THE RAFTERS about a young woman who is literally haunted by her past, and Pat Collin's SILENCE which follows a sound recordist on his quest to find and record places free from man-made sound that reveals an absorbing meditation on themes relating to sound and silence, history, memory and exile.

Audiences will also have a chance to catch new Irish features GOOD VIBRATIONS, JUMP, BABYGIRL, EARTHBOUND, THE HIDEAWAYS and CITADEL while the IRA thriller SHADOW DANCER will close the festival on Sunday 15th July.

The Fleadh has long been renowned for its documentary strand and this year is no exception as they present a range of films for all tastes.  There are films with the theme of music including ART WILL SAVE THE WORLD directed by Naill McCann, NATURAL GRACE: IRISH MUSIC AND MARTIN HAYES directed by Art O'Briain and Paul Duane's VERY EXTREMELY DANGEROUS while Sean McAllister's THE RELUCTANT REVOLUTIONARY and APPLES OF THE GOLAN directed by Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth both deal with issues of countries torn apart by revolution and war.  

The latest strand of the Short Shorts, Frameworks and Gearrscannáin short films will also be showcasing a wide range of live action and animated films on Saturday 14th.

For more details on the festival programme visit: http://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com/.
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