Begin Again, An Bronntanas to bookend Galway
by Naman Ramachandran
- Highly anticipated new features from John Carney and Tom Collins set the tone for festival
The 26th edition of the Galway Film Fleadh (July 8-13) will open with the premiere of Begin Again by John Carney (Once [+see also:
film profile]) and close with An Bronntanas (The Gift) by Tom Collins (Kings).
Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, James Corden, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and Cee Lo Green, follows Greta (Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend (Levine) who, seduced by dreams of making it in the big city, move to New York to pursue their passion for music. Heartbroken when he rejects her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract, Greta finds herself alone and far from home. Just when she’s decided to move back to London, life begins to look up when a down-on-his-luck record producer Dan (Ruffalo) stumbles upon her singing during an open mic night. Captivated by her raw talent and inspiring authenticity Dan persuades Greta to take a fresh approach to making music and together they transform the streets of New York into their recording studio, giving the city and their careers one final shot.
An Bronntanas is a contemporary thriller set against the background of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara. The rescue crew receives a distress call on a stormy night to discover a fishing boat with some very interesting cargo, which leaves the crew with a life changing moral dilemma. The cast includes John Finn, Owen McDonnell, Michelle Beamish, Charlotte Bradley and Darragh Devaney.