Galway Film Fleadh’s ready to roll
Transforming the west coast’s UNESCO City of Film into a tinseltown of sorts each year, the six-day Galway Film Fleadh is a highly-acclaimed international film spectacular that never fails to boast an impressive call sheet of global cinema gems.
The calibre of the festival’s 29th outing is no different with over 80 features from Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Romania, Sweden, Iran and beyond, as well almost 100 Irish shorts all comprising 2017’s compelling programme.
Aiming to entertain and inform everyone from the casual film-goer to the all out arthouse cinefile, one of this year’s most anticipated screenings is the Irish premiere of Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk, which features a host of Irish talent like Cillian Murphy, up-and-comer Barry Keoghan and Northern Irish luminary Kenneth Branagh.
Also set to enthral audiences is the premiere of Dublin director Stephen Burke’s Maze. Telling the story of the 1983 mass prison breakout in County Antrim - the biggest prison escape in UK history, the drama features the esteemed talents of actors Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward and Martin McCann.
The Galway cinematic showcase will open with Pat Collins’ lauded biopic of traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney, Song of Granite, and will close with a unique feature project from Irish novelist Colm Toíbín. A German, French and Irish production, Toíbín wrote the screenplay for director Volker Schlöndorff’s Return to Montauk, which presents an exceptional cast including Stellan Skarsgård, Nina Hoss and Susanne Wolff.
Panels, talks and discussions are also on the agenda as Richard Kelly, writer/director of cult hit Donnie Darko, delivers a screenwriter’s masterclass, Northern Irish comic and actor (Free Fire, The Lobster) Michael Smiley will give the actor's masterclass, while director Amir Bar-Lev (My Kid Could Paint That) will impart his experience from making his many acclaimed documentaries.
With 16 world premieres included in an enveloping programme set to entice all manner of silver screen enthusiast, grab your popcorn and head for this cinematic city from 11-16 July 2017.