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‘Pilgrim Hill’, ‘Good Vibrations’ and ‘Stitches’ Officially Selected for Asia’s Premier Festival

19th Sep 2012
Irish films PILGRIM HILL, GOOD VIBRATIONS and STITCHES have all been selected for Asia's premier film festival in Busan next month.

The Busan International Film Festival (previously the Pusan International Film Festival) in South Korea was established in 1996 and is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. The focus of the festival is introducing new films and first time directors. The Asian Film Market also runs in parallel with the festival.

PILGRIM HILL and GOOD VIBRATIONS will screen in the World Cinema section alongside Ben Affleck's Argo and Michael Haneke's Amour while STITCHES has been selected for the Midnight Passion section.

PILGRIM HILL directed by 24 year old Kerry filmmaker Gerard Barrett and made with a budget of €4500 follows the life of Jimmy, a bachelor farmer living in rural Ireland fighting isolation and loneliness while caring for his ill father.  Supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board, it premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh where it won the Bingham Ray Award and had its international premiere at the Telluride Film Festival where it received critical acclaim earlier this month.

Speaking about Pilgrim Hill's selection, Gerard said:  "It's a great honour to screen and have an Asian premiere for Pilgrim Hill at Busan especially in the World Cinema section alongside some of my favourite film-makers of today. We never thought the little story that we wanted to tell would make it's way into cultures so different from ours. But it seems the theme of loneliness and isolation are universal all across the world." 

GOOD VIBRATIONS directed by husband and wife team Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn (Cherrybomb) with a script by writers Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson is a story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley who determines to go after his goal without any degree of success.  The film picked up the Best Irish Feature prize at the Galway Film Fleadh and had its international premiere at the prestigious Karlovy Vary Festival this summer.

Conor McMahon's comedy-horror STITCHES film stars comedian Ross Noble in his debut movie role as Stitches the clown who, having had a fatal accident at the hands of a group of children, comes back from the dead to wreak revenge on them when they celebrate one of their 16th birthdays. The film won a Film4 FrightFest award from Total Film last month and is due to be released in Irish cinemas on October 26th.

The Busan International Film Festival will take place 4th - 13th October.

GOOD VIBRATIONS stars Richard Dormer (Five Minutes of Heaven), Jodie Whittaker (One Day), Liam Cunningham (Hunger), Dylan Moran (A Cock and Bull Story) and Adrian Dunbar (The Crying Game). 

GOOD VIBRATIONS is produced by Andrew Eaton (The Trip) and Chris Martin (Peacefire) with David Holmes (Ocean's Eleven) also on the producing team. Executively produced by Robert Walpole and Rebecca O'Flanagan (Treasure Entertainment), Joe Oppenheimer (BBC Films), Nigel Thomas (Matador Pictures) and Bruno Charlesworth (Immaculate Conception Films), the film is financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board (IFB), BBC Films, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland, Immaculate Conception Films, Matador Pictures and Cinema One. The film is a Canderblinks Film & Music, Revolution Films and Treasure Entertainment production.

STITCHES was produced by Julianne Forde and Ruth Treacy for Tailored Films with John McDonnell and Brendan McCarthy for Fantastic Films (Wake Wood, Outcast) in partnership with Chicago based production and distribution company MPI media group with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.
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