Country Focus: Ireland
Irish filmmakers set for Korean junket
by Naman Ramachandran
- Ireland has been selected as the National Cinema spotlight at the Busan International Film Festival (October 3-13) and a contingent of Irish filmmakers are travelling to Korea to participate in the festival’s Asian Film Market with a view to use the country focus to raise the profile of the Irish film industry within Asia. Neil Jordan (photo)and Jim Sheridan will be honoured at a hand-printing ceremony during the festival to mark their lifetime contribution to the international film industry. Irish actor Pat Shortt and directors Lance Daly, John Butler and Brendan Muldowney will join them.
Busan will screen 11 Irish films including Sheridan’s In America and In the Name of the Father and Jordan’s The Crying Game and Michael Collins, alongside John Carney’s Once and John Boorman’s The General. New films selected include Daly’s Life’s a Breeze [+see also:
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Irish Film Board (IFB) CEO James Hickey said, “The Busan International Film Festival plays host to one of the most important film markets in Asia and the Irish contingent will meet with a wide range of international financiers, producers, sales agents and press there. This cultural trade mission aims to raise the profile of Ireland, Irish culture and the Irish film industry in Korea and to the Asian market.”
The jaunt is supported by the IFB, Culture Ireland, the Irish Embassy in Seoul, the Dublin International Film Festival and the Irish Film Institute.
Irish films at Busan:
Garage (2007) | Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Love Eternal (2013) | Director: Brendan Muldowney
Life’s a Breeze (2013) | Director: Lance Daly
The Stag (2013) | Director: John Butler
Leo the Last (1970) | Director: John Boorman
The Crying Game (1992) | Director: Neil Jordan
In the Name of the Father (1993) | Director: Jim Sheridan
Michael Collins (1996) | Director: Neil Jordan
The General (1998) | Director: John Boorman
In America (2002) | Director: Jim Sheridan
Once (2006) | Director: John Carney