email print share on Facebook share on Twitter share on reddit pin on Pinterest

FESTIVALS Ireland

Best of Ireland showcased at LAIFF, Montreal, Venice

by 

Conor McPherson’s The Eclipse will open the 2nd annual Los Angeles Irish Film Festival (LAIFF, September 23-27). LAIFF is a co-presentation with the American Cinematheque. The film features Aidan Quinn and Ciaran Hinds, who won Best Actor at the Tribeca Festival.

Other selections include: Pat Collins’ documentary Gabriel Byrne: Stories from Home; writer/director Macdara Vallely’s feature debut Peacefire starring John Travers, Gerard Jordan and Gerry Doherty; Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s first feature, Cherrybomb; Vittoria Colonna’s feature documentary about Ireland’s transsexuals, Identities; Lance Daly’s IFTA Best Director winning Kisses [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
; Joe Conroy’s documentary Waveriders, which won the inaugural George Morrison Feature Documentary; and Tomm Moore’s award-winning The Secret of Kells [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Didier Brunner
interview: Tomm Moore
interview: Viviane Vanfleteren
film profile
]
.

(The article continues below - Commercial information)
series serie

Meanwhile, John N Smith’s Irish/Canadian co-production Love & Savagery will enjoy its world premiere at the 33rd Montreal World Film Festival (August 27-September 7). The film looks at a Canadian geologist who explores Ireland and finds the love of his life. The film features Canadian actor Allan Hawco and Irish actress Sarah Greene.

Montreal will also premiere Desmond Bell’s documentary Child of the Dead End. The film employs a mix of archive footage from the British Isles and Ireland along with live action recreated sequences and follows the life of screenwriter, poet, novelist and playwright Patrick Macgill. Acclaimed actor Stephen Rea plays Macgill.

Writer/director Mira Fornay’s Foxes [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
has been selected for the Critics Week at the 66th Venice Film Festival (September 2-12). The film looks at a pair of Slovakian sisters in Ireland haunted by their past.

(The article continues below - Commercial information)

Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.

Privacy Policy