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Irish Short Selected for Lars von Trier Filmmaking Project
11 Oct 2012 : By Steve Cummins
Joe McKinney in 'Halowin'
Irish short film ‘Halowin’ has been selected for a filmmaking project organised by renowned Danish director Lars von Trier.

As part of a project titled ‘Gesamt - Disaster 501: What Happened to Man’, Von Trier challenged aspiring filmmakers to reinterpret one or more of six classic works, among them James Joyce's novel ‘Ulysses’; Paul Gauguin's painting ‘Where do you come from? Who are we? Where are we going?’ and Sammy Davis Jr's step-dance performance ‘Choreography’.

Von Trier asked them to choose a work and reinterpret it into a film, video, still, piece of music or soundpiece.

The Gesamt project will then take 400-plus submissions and work them into one exhibition at the Charlottenborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark, to run October 12 through December 30.

Irish short ‘Halowin’ is the only Irish film that will be part of Von Trier’s vision.

It is directed by Dublin-based Spanish director Paco Torres and co-produced by The Element Post.

‘Halowin’ was shot over six days in Dublin - from concept and pre-production, right through to post-production - and stars Joe McKinney (Glenroe), Paul Butler Lennox, Grace Hendy and the Spanish actor Carmen Montero.

Torres wrote the five-minute short inspired by Paul Gauguin’s painting, with a simple logline: Three friends get ready for a Halloween good night out. All is perfect, until they encounter a drug dealer who changes their destinies forever.

The writer/ director is based in Dublin and is currently finalising the script of his next feature film ‘Blue Guitar’, which he is co-writing with Johnny Ferguson (Gangster Number One).

‘Blue Guitar’ will be produced by Michael Garland (Death of Superhero) and Paul Myler (The Guard), with Kais Nashif starring (Paradise now) and Javier Aguirresarobe (Twilight) as director of photography.

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