It’s not Star Wars; It’s a film fes­ti­val

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - DON­ALD CLARKE

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 fork­ For more, see clones­film­fes­ti­

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