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Rome’s Irish Festa features premieres, co-production conference

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Rome’s Irish Festa features premieres, co-production conference

The fourth edition of Rome’s Irish Film Festa opens November 24 with the conference Going Irish, which will explore strategies and methods for creating a bilateral co-production agreement between Italy and Ireland: a prospect made topical by the Irish shoot of Paolo Sorrentino’s new film, This Must Be the Place. Conference participants, producers and film professionals from both countries, will also discuss the economic crisis that has hit Ireland particularly hard.

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The event closes November 28 and features Italian premieres of Irish films such as Nothing Personal [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Urszula Antoniak
interview: Urszula Antoniak
film profile
]
by Urszula Antoniak, winner at Locarno of the Best First Film award and the Silver Leopard for actress Lotte Verbeek.

Another two debut features on the programme are Macdara Vallely’s Peacefire and Rupert Wyatt’s The Escapist [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, with Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes. For the first time ever, the Irish Film Festa will screen an animated film, The Secret of Kells [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Didier Brunner
interview: Tomm Moore
interview: Viviane Vanfleteren
film profile
]
by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey, the only non-US title among the Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature Film.

Also slated is the Liam Neeson and Jasmes Nesbitt starrer Five Minutes of Heaven [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bernd Eichinger
interview: Joachim Fest
interview: Oliver Hirschbiegel
film profile
]
), about a former militant of the Ulster Volunteer Force and the brother of the boy he killed.

Two documentaries will be screened: Joel Conroy’s Waveriders and His and Hers by Ken Wardrop, winner of the World Cinema Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Lastly, the festival will pay tribute to Neil Jordan with his debut film Angel and his most recent title, Ondine [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(2009), starring Colin Farrell.

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(Translated from Italian)

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