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The reality and responsibility of parenthood

Jun 29 2017

Galway film A Break In The Clouds to be screened at the Galway Film Fleadh

A YOUNG couple struggle to adapt to the reality and responsibility of parenthood after the birth of their first child. This is A Break In The Clouds, a short film which premieres at the Galway Film Fleadh.

The film was written and directed by Tristan Heanue from Letterfrack, who also stars in the film. He has appeared in Vikings and his directorial debut Today, was screened at the 27th Galway Film Fleadh. The cast includes Gemma-Leah Devereux (Get Up & Go, Stitches ), Marie Ruane (Foxes, Striking Out ), Linda Bhreathnach (Adulting, Ros na Rún ).

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Linda Bhreathnach's new film to premiere at the Fleadh

Jun 29 2017

Native, a film about 'emigration and homecoming' stars Patrick Bergin

LINDA BHREATHNACH, who impressed at last year's Galway Film Fleadh with Adulting, returns with her new film Native, starring Patrick Bergin, which will be screened at the 2017 fleadh.

Native is Bhreathnach's adaptation of the short story H91 Arís by Bridget Bhreathnach, published in irisComhar in 2016. It is directed by Linda and co-produced with Marina Yarnell Donahue, California.

“The story is about emigration and homecoming,” says Linda. “I wanted to create a film that could be understood by anyone regardless of background or language. It deals with the sadness and loss inherent to life, but also the potential to transcend suffering and to find beauty. Patrick Bergin’s character leaves Ireland as an economic migrant to return many years later to find an abandoned home."

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Camille O’Sullivan on GIAF 17’s Woyzeck in Winter

Jun 29 2017

'You can be more dark, more beautiful, more scared.'

CAMILLE O’SULLIVAN loves that line in Leonard Cohen’s ‘Anthem’ - “There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”, that even in the darkest recesses of life and art, some hope will be found, light will always break through, to, if not banish the dark, then at least to light the path through it.

Woyzeck In Winter, a major new production fusing two separate works - Georg Büchner’s 1836 play Woyzeck, and Schubert's 24 song cycle, Die Winterreise, written in 1823/4 - will receive its world premiere at the 2017 Galway International Arts Festival.

While the works are unrelated they make natural bedfellows; both dealing with doomed romance, heartbreak, mental illness, and lives ruined and destroyed. Woyzeck is a poor soldier who earns extra money for his family through menial jobs and participation in bizarre medical experiments. Brutalised by society and consumed with jealousy, he descends into despair, and finally, a desperate, violent, act. Die Winterreise dramatises a heartbroken obsessive, staggering miserably through the winter wastes towards his own destruction.

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Shooting the Breeze with film director Pat Collins

Jun 29 2017

'When we came to Galway the atmosphere was totally different to any other city in Ireland'

The opening film in this year’s Galway Film Fleadh is Song Of Granite, an absorbing and lyrical portrait of legendary sean-nós singer Joe Heaney. It is directed by Pat Collins best known for his acclaimed documentaries on Michael Hartnett, John McGahern, Frank O’Connor, Gabriel Byrne, and Tim Robinson. While Song Of Granite is a feature film, it fits seamlessly into that body of work.

Shot in black and white, the film follows Heaney from his childhood in Carna to his adult life in Glasgow and Manhattan, and his old age when he was being recorded for posterity by young music scholars. The strong thread running through all his times of both hardship and acclaim was the abiding presence and power of song. Interestingly, Collins did not start to become interested in film until his late teens;

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