The 21st Galway Film Fleadh, which will run from July 7 to 12, is to screen eight Irish world premieres.
They are: Zonad the latest film by John Carney; The Disturbed an epic thriller; The Race which tells the story of a young girl who wants to be a rally diver; His and Hers, Ken Wardrop’s first feature film; horror film Savage, Swansong a film about illegitimacy; One Hundred Mornings a film about survival and Memoria which tells the tale of a young couple who struggle to deal with strange occurrences which keep happening on their honeymoon.
The festival’s events will include a public interview with Anjelica Huston and an actor’s masterclass from Michael Fassbender.
Other highlights include a producers’ masterclass given by Ted Hope (The Savages, 21 Grams) and a screenwriters’ masterclass from Christopher Hampton (Cheri, Atonement). The festival will also pay tribute to Irish producer Redmond Morris (The Reader, Notes On A Scandal) who will take part in a special interview in the Cinemobile in Galway on Saturday July 11.
The festival will open with Patricia Riggan’s Under the Same Moon which tells the story of a Mexican boy who is left behind when his mother goes to work in the US. The festival will close on July 12 with Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank.
The festival will screen a mix of international feature films including Adventureland, a coming of age comedy set in a Pennsylvania amusement Park and Baraboo which follows six people who have carved out a life in a rundown motel in Wisconsin.
Other titles include Frozen River which gives an insight into the costs of smuggling immigrants and Amreeka which highlights the difficulties a Palestine woman and her son face as they try to fit into American society.
There is a special screening of comedy films selected by stand up comedians Des Bishop, Maeve Higgins, Ardal O’Hanlon and Neil Delamere who have chosen their funniest film of all time. Documentary screenings will include The Cove and Tibet in Song.