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First look at Galway Film Fleadh programme 35th Edition
06 Jun 2023 : Luke Shanahan
Matthew Modine in The Martini Shot
Galway Film Fleadh announces three World Premieres and three Irish Premieres from the 35th edition of the film festival taking place from 11th  – 16th  July in the Town Hall Theatre and Pálás Cinema.

Highlights from the festival programme for 2023 will include World, European and Irish premieres including the World Premiere of Lies We Tell, directed by Lisa Mulcahy. In an isolated manor, an orphaned heiress must fight her guardian for her inheritance, and her life. Lies We Tell is a contained psychological thriller about a gaslit girl’s break for freedom. Starring Agnes O'Casey, David Wilmot, Holly Sturton and Chris Walley, Lies We Tell will premiere on July 15th at 9.30pm at the Town Hall Theatre.  

Also announced is the World Premiere of Apocalypse Clown from director George Kane. Apocalypse Clown follows a troupe of failed clowns as they embark on a chaotic road trip of self-discovery after a mysterious solar event plunges the world into anarchy. Jenny (Amy De Bhrún), a conspiracy clickbait reporter, is looking for a way to broadcast the truth to the whole world. The Great Alphonso (Ivan Kaye), an ex-TV clown celebrity, spots his chance to resurrect his career and reclaim the fame he craves; while Bobo, Pepe, and Funzo, desperately try to escape the wrath of some vengeful human statues. Apocalypse Clown will premiere on July 14th at 9.30pm at the Town Hall Theatre.

The World Premiere of The Martini Shot starring actor Matthew Modine follows an ailing movie director as he begins to shoot what he believes to be his final work of art. What starts out as a normal movie, ends up being an exploration of mortality and one's profound effect on the world. Filmed in Ireland and directed by Stephen Wallis, this film has an abundance of riches in the cast including John Cleese, Derek Jacobi, Stuart Townsend and Fiona Glascott. The Martini Shot will premiere on July 13th at 9.30pm at the Town Hall Theatre. 

Irish Premieres will include A Greyhound of a Girl, Mutt, and I Like Movies.

A Greyhound of a Girl, a family animation that follows 11-year-old Mary who loves to cook and dreams of becoming a great chef. Her beloved grandmother, Emer, encourages her to make this dream come true. Enzo d’Alò’s animated adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s novel is a delicate coming-of-age story, sprinkled with irony. With a cast that includes Brendan Gleeson, Sharon Horgan, Rosaleen Linehan and Charlene McKenna. The Irish premiere of A Greyhound of a Girl is on July 16th at 3pm at the Town Hall Theatre

Mutt is a poignant LGBTQIA+ story about Feña, a young trans guy bustling through life in New York City, who is faced with an increasingly challenging day. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival, where Lío Mehiel won the 2023 Special Jury Award for Acting. The Irish premiere of Mutt is on July 13th at 7pm at Pálás Cinema.

I Like Movies, Chandler Levack's directorial debut, is a coming-of-age story about teenage cinephile Lawrence Kweller who dreams of attending film school. In order to raise the hefty tuition fee, he gets a job at the local video store. Wracked with anxiety about his future, Lawrence begins alienating the most important people in his life. As graduation looms ever closer, Lawrence faces some painful realisations about himself. The Irish premiere of I Like Movies is on July 12th at 4pm at Pálás Cinema.  

“This has been a wonderful year for watching films while programming for the Fleadh,” said Maeve McGrath, Director of Programming at the Fleadh. “The feature film programme has films from 36 countries featuring world and Irish premieres. We are introducing new sections, with a focus on ‘Architecture on Film’, ‘Defender’ and ‘The Artist On Film’ alongside our favourite sections such as ‘Irish Cinema’, ‘World Cinema’, ‘Peripheral Visions’, ‘Generation’ and ‘What the Fleadh?!’”.    

She added: “With the 35th edition of the festival in July, we are keen to look back at films that have shaped the Galway Film Fleadh over the years while also focusing on the themes that current film makers are shaping into stories for the screen. Stories of lost love, the environment, war, coming of age, fighting for freedom, artists and their lives and work, the architecture that surrounds us and the music we listen to, all feature in the 2023 programme.”   

Full programme details will be announced on Tuesday June 27th with hundreds of events including screenings, Q+A’s and filmmaker interviews, panel discussions, and more.   

Tickets can be booked at galwayfilmfleadh.com or by contacting Town Hall Theatre box office on 091 569777.  

The Galway Film Fleadh is supported by the Arts Council, Failte Ireland, Screen Ireland and Galway City Council.  

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