It’s not Star Wars; It’s a film festival
How the good people at the Clones Film Festival must tire of references to Star Wars: Episode II. Oh well. Once again, the October bank holiday looms and it is time to welcome another edition. Yes, it’s Attack of the Clones. The event has been buzzing since 2002 and is now among the leading film festivals in the region.
Events kicked off last night with Na Píobairí Uilleann, a documentary on the gathering of pipers that, in 1968, helped save the uilleann pipes from extinction.
Continuing till Sunday, the festival is, as ever, crammed with domestic releases, special events and screenings of recent features that may not, hitherto, have escaped the larger cities. In that last category, we find the rousing Pride, the thrilling ’71 and – subject of a mild tirade from Brendan O’Carroll when it received a better review than Mrs Brown – the moving Mexican picture The Golden Dream (pictured below).
Once again, Clones hosts a 48-hour Film Challenge that, as the name suggests, asks participants to knock together a film in just two days. The picture will then be eligible for a Francie, Monaghan’s more prestigious variation on the Oscar.
And make sure you check out Aoife McElwain (formerly of this parish), who’ll be hosting a screening of Babette’s Feast and talking about her food videos from forkful.tv. For more, see clonesfilmfestival.com.