This year the 33rd Galway Film Fleadh, an event that brings cinema lovers from all over to the City of the Tribes, is a mixed bag considering the current pandemic. The programme for the Fleadh was released this week.
Some of the programme will be outdoors, some indoors and more online. It will be running from July 20th – 25th and will feature 45 films and over 200 shorts during the five days.
“It is the Fleadh’s wish that those who cannot, or who aren’t yet ready for travel in the current phase of the pandemic, will enjoy the festival from the comfort of their own homes.” The Fleadh organisers said.
Gabriel Byrne’s latest film Death of a Ladies Man, the Irish language version of Oscar-nominated animation Wolfwalkers and the psychological thriller Here Before are among the films being shown.
The programme will include 11 world premieres, 45 new films and also over 100 shorts during its week-long festival. If you cannot make it to Galway then not to worry all the screenings, Q&As and industry events will be streamed live from the Film Fleadh website. The full list of films and event is also on the website and how to buy tickets.
The mainstage this year will be an outdoor cinema in Father Burke Park in the historic Claddagh. Seventeen of the Fleadh’s features and three of the short film programmes will screen to an 200 socially distanced visitors. Audio is to be delivered via wireless headphones.
Seán Breathnach’s Foscadh, an Irish-language coming-of-age story, adapts Dónal Ryan’s novel The Thing About December. Irish film-maker Graham Cantwell returns with a drama entitled Who We Love. Among independent productions is Conor O’Toole’s Bicycle Thieves: Pumped Up.
Other Irish language titles include the murder mystery Doineann starring Peter Coonan. He stars as a journalist who discovers his reclusive wife and child have vanished from the family’s island home. The Queen Vs Patrick O Donnell, the true story of how a Donegal native killed a member of the assassination squad The Invincibles, in 1883.