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Junior Film Fleadh 19-22 November 2003
27 Oct 2003 :
The ninth Junior Film Fleadh is just around the corner promising an exciting line-up of new and classic cinema from all over the world.

This year, the Fleadh celebrates the American centenary of cinema with a look at some of the great teen films down through the decades. The fifties saw the emergence of the teenage film as a genre in itself, with films like Blackboard Jungle (1955) starring Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford and Vic Morrow. Set in an urban all-male high school, it was a highly controversial film in its day, being banned in several cities in America on its release. Before George Lucas ever conceived of Star Wars he directed the wonderful American Graffiti in which he re-creates his teenage years growing up in small town America in the 1960ís. With a great non-stop rockíníroll soundtrack it stars some very young well-known faces including Harrison Ford and Richard Dreyfuss.

Another well-known face, Matt Dillon, heads a fine ensemble cast of young talent in Jonathan Kaplanís hard-hitting Over The Edge. Kaplanís 1979 film is a powerful study of teenage alienation and rage. Set over twenty-eight days in 1988, Richard Kellyís first feature Donnie Darko is a darkly comic, surreal journey in which themes of space, time and morality are interwoven with a classic coming-of-age story of a teenage boyís struggle to understand the world around him.

Two wonderful new films from France and Germany screen at the festival; Nicolas Philibertís  tre et Avoir and Wolfgang Beckerís highly successful Goodbye Lenin. Educational films include Roman Polanskiís Macbeth, Franco Zeffirellliís Romeo and Juliet and John Hustonís The Dead.

There is home-grown entertainment with our own Young Film Makers from Castleblakeney, Ballinasloe and Galway City. Graham Jones 1997 feature How To Cheat In The Leaving Certificate also screens along with the winner of the Best Irish Short in this yearís Galway Film Fleadh Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom.

There will be animation workshops for younger audiences and a screening of the beautiful animated feature directed by French filmmaker Michel Ocelot Kirikou and the Sorceress, alongside a screening of local animator Edith Pieperhoffís creation myth How It All Began.

To find out more please contact the Junior Fleadh office at: 091 771 726

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