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Galway Film Fleadh Confirmed Highlights
30 May 2003 :
This year Galway celebrates it's fifteenth Fleadh. The festival will be held from July 8 - 13, with new Irish cinema, an Eamon De Buitlear retrospective and more.

Bringing the best in new World cinema to Galway is what the Film Fleadh is all about, and thanks to a recent surge of filmmaking in this country we are delighted to be able to bring you a host of new Irish features - Shimmy Marcus will premiere his debut feature Headrush as will Karl Golden with his first feature The Honeymooners. Sean Walsh will be bringing his film bl,.om, which is based on Joyce's Ulysses and we will also host the Irish premiere of John Deerys exploration of AIDS within the priesthood in Conspiracy of Silence. This year the Fleadh will host a special tribute to the renowned filmmaker Eamon de Buitlear, who has been making beautifully crafted documentaries on Irish life for many years and Galway audiences will get an opportunity to see Liz Gill's acclaimed debut feature Goldfish Memory.

After an extended fallow period, German cinema is experiencing something of a regeneration and this year the Fleadh will focus on films from this country. One of the most successful German films of the year has been Wolfgang Becker's Goodbye Lenin, which will receive its Irish premiere at the Fleadh. Having for many years encouraged German / Irish co-production, we will see the fruits of this labour with the Galway premiere of Eoin Moore's Pigs Will Fly, shot in Germany with an Irish Director at the helm.

The 'Grand Dame' of European cinema, Agnieszka Holland, will be a special guest of the Fleadh and is the focus of the Directors Masterclass. A selection of her work will be screened throughout the festival, including Oliver, Oliver, Washington Square, Europa, Europa and her most recent work Julie Walking Home.

A second regional focus at this year's Fleadh will be the cinema of South Korea. While perhaps not very familiar to Irish audiences, South Korean has maintained a strong presence on the stage of world cinema and the Fleadh will be screening as the centrepiece of this focus the critically acclaimed Oasis by Lee Chong Dong ­ who has recently been appointed the Minister for Arts & Culture in South Korea. Also screening will be the highly regarded Chihwaseon (Drunk on Women & Poetry) by the master of Korean cinema Im Kwon-Taek., and the Fleadh is delighted to be welcoming Son Il Gon to the Fleadh with his film Flower Island.

As in previous years, the Fleadh will be screening a variety of films from around the globe and will be hosting a special preview screening of the highly anticipated Veronica Guerin biopic from Joel Schumacher starring Cate Blanchett. Following on from his hugely successful debut at the Fleadh in 2001 with 101 Reykjavik, Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur will premiere his second feature at this year's festival entitled The Sea. Another Fleadh veteran, Josef Fares, who brought Jalla Jalla to the Fleadh two years ago, returns with his hilarious second feature Kops.

New to Fleadh audiences will be Polish filmmaker Piotr Trzaskalski's impressive first feature Edi, as will Vladiimir Michhalek¹s Autumn Spring from the Czech Republic. The Fleadh is also delighted to host the first theatrical release from a new distribution company, Tribal Films, headed by Galway-man Will Silke - this will be the Irish premiere of Hungarian director Gyory Palfi's debut feature, Hukkle.

Continuing a long tradition of screening the best in new documentaries, the Fleadh has the pleasure of hosting the first theatrical screening of Angus McQueen's The Last Peasants at this year's festival. This impressive documentary shows the effects of emigration on rural life in Romania to devastating effect.

Galway company Abu Media will have a screening of their documentary on recent events in Iraq The Human Shield, and war and its devastating effects are also the subject of The Friendship Village, a film about the extraordinary work of a Vietnam veteran who established a residence for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange. The Fleadh are also delighted to screen the premiere of Pat Collins' and Fergus Daly's beautifully crafted documentary on Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami entitled Kiarostami ­ The Art of Living. Fleadh regulars will remember that Kiarostami was the subject of a special tribute at the Fleadh two years ago.

Further information and regular updates will be available on IFTN and on the Fleadh's website at www.galwayfilmfleadh.com

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