By Shelley Marsden
FILM fans hoping to travel to Galway later this month, prepare to geek out as the full programme for the 26th Galway Film Fleadh, from July 8 to 13, has been unveiled.
The festival, which screens the best of Irish, European and World Cinema, will host a series of premieres as well as master-classes, Q+A’s, discussions and networking events.
Speaking at the launch, festival programmer Gar O’ Brien said, “The Fleadh is a festival of discovery and we are delighted to introduce new work from Ireland’s brightest young talents, while also welcoming back a host of filmmaking talent from around the world to Galway.
“This year’s programme is set to entertain, challenge and engage audiences, transporting you from the mundane to the magnificent with films from Japan to Johannesburg, from Canada to Connemara and beyond.”
Premieres will include Glassland, director Gerard Barrett’s second feature film starring Jack Reynor and Toni Collette, Get Up and Go, where Love/Hate’s Killian Scott and Peter Coonan take us on an unforgettable 24 hours through bohemian Dublin; Gold, from director Niall Heery (Small Engine Repair); Young Ones, an Irish/US co-production that is a mix of dystopian Western and Greek tragedy starring Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult and I Used to Live Here, an examination of the tragic phenomenon of cluster suicides, from the director of Ballymun Lullaby.
The Fleadh will also showcase a wide selection of new Canadian cinema, bringing some of the country’s leading filmmaking talent to Galway and screen g titles such as Watermark, Our Man in Tehran and Lunarcy! in addition to award-winning films like The Auction, Maïna and Gerontophilia.
The subject of this year’s public interview in the Town Hall Theatre is actress Brenda Fricker, who has starred in films such as My Left Foot, The Field, Veronica Guerin and Albert Nobbs.
On Sunday, July 13, the festival will close with the highly anticipated contemporary thriller, An Bronntanas, directed by Tom Collins, set against the background of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara.
Tickets for the Fleadh are now on sale via www.galwayfilmfleadh.com.