Irish Film Takes Centrestage as Tribeca Film Festival Begins in New York

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Irish Film Takes Centrestage as Tribeca Film Festival Begins in New York

The Tribeca Film Festival begins today, 19 April, with six Irish titles in Official Selection. Brendan Muldowney’s thirteenth century Irish epic, Pilgrimage; Emer Reynolds’ NASA Voyager space documentary, The Farthest; and Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell’s doc on Elián Gonzalez, ELIÁN will screen alongside three Irish short films; 11th Hour, directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Salma Hayek; Wave, directed by Benjamin Cleary and TJ O’Grady-Peyton and Second to None, directed by Vincent Gallagher.

Set in an Ireland ravaged by tribal warfare, Pilgrimage, will screen in the Viewpoints section of the festival and centres on a group of monks who undertake a pilgrimage to transport their monastery's holiest relic to Rome. Produced by Conor Barry and John Keville of Savage Productions alongside Renoit Roland of Wrong Men Films, the film boasts an impressive cast including John Bernthal (Fury, The Walking Dead) and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal).

Emer Reynolds’ The Farthest will also screen in the Viewpoints section of Tribeca and the doc celebrates magnificent machines as well as the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could have ever hoped. The film is produced by John Murray and Clare Stronge at Crossing the Line Productions.

ELIÁN recounts the story of a Cuban boy named Elián González who, on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, was found floating on an inner tube in the Florida Straits. Produced by Trevor Birney at Fine Point Films, ELIÁN uses one boy’s remarkable journey to plot the path to rapprochement between Cuba and the US.

Fresh from receiving ADIFF’s Discovery Award, Vincent Gallagher’s animated short, Second to None, has been receiving rave reviews since it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016. A black comedy in stop motion, Second to None tells the story of the world’s second-oldest man who learns that ambition can be a killer. Produced by Damian Farrell at Caboom, the short film won both Best Short and Best Animation at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2016. Second to None is one of three Irish shorts in this year’s Tribeca programme alongside Jim Sheridan’s 11th Hour, which stars Salma Hayek Pinault and is set to the backdrop of 9/11 and Wave from Oscar-winner Benjamin Cleary and TJ O’Grady-Peyton; a short film about Gaspar Rubicon who wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language.

Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, the Tribeca Film Festival has become one of the most important and well-respected film festivals in the world. 2017’s edition will take place from 19 – 30 April.