23rd Fleadh makes holy show of Stella line-up

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The pro­gramme for the 23rd Gal­way Film Fleadh was un­veiled this week. As ever, the in­creas­ingly pres­ti­gious event, which runs from July 5th un­til July 10th, fea­tures a tasty line-up of Ir­ish fea­tures and en­tic­ing in­ter­na­tional re­leases. Martin Sheen will be on hand to launch Stella Days, Thad­deus O’Sullivan’s film about a pri­est’s at­tempts to set up a cin­ema in ru­ral Ire­land dur­ing the 1950s. Other home play­ers in­clude Lelia Doolan’s Ber­nadette: Notes on a Po­lit­i­cal Jour­ney, a study of Ber­nadette Devlin McAliskey; Neil Dowl­ing’s de­but Sarang Hey!, a globe-span­ning ro­mance; and Ger­ard Hur­ley’s The Pier, the story of a re­turn­ing em­i­grant. Re­becca Daly’s The Other Side of Sleep, which re­cently played at the Direc­tors’ Fort­night in Cannes, also gets its Ir­ish pre­miere at the Gal­way do.

The open­ing film is to be Dar­ragh Byrne’s de­but fea­ture Parked, fea­tur­ing an­other gritty turn from the great Colm Meaney. Since its in­cep­tion in 1989 as part of the Gal­way Arts Fes­ti­val, the Fleadh has steadily de­vel­oped into the prime spot for un­veil­ing do­mes­tic prod­uct. Pre­vi­ous guests have in­cluded the likes of Paul Schrader, Peter O’Toole, Richard At­ten­bor­ough and Michael Moore. The Fleadh also makes sure to in­clude a healthy dose of pic­tures from around the world. This year, Su­sanne Bier’s In a Bet­ter World, win­ner of the Os­car for best for­eign lan­guage pic­ture, will be un­spooled to an ex­pec­tant au­di­ence. The main­stream is catered for with a gala pre­miere of Cars 2, the lat­est an­i­ma­tion from the mighty Pixar Stu­dios. gal­way­film­fleadh.com

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