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Upcoming #FilmFleadh Highlights following Huge Opening Night for ‘Song of Granite’
12 Jul 2017 : Katie McNeice
Still, 'Song of Granite'
Pat Collins’ creative exploration on the life of Joe Heaney impressed all round last night as the opening film of the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh.

At various stages in Heaney’s life he is portrayed by Macdara Ó Fátharta (Leap Year), Michael O'Chonfhlaola, and Colm Seoighe (Black 47).

The film is produced by Alan Maher and Jessie Fisk of Marcie Films.

At the opening night gala, Film Fleadh Chair Kate O’Toole urged audiences to take full advantage of the diversity of films and filmmakers available in the city during the film festival’s six days.

The celebration of all things film continues Wednesday with the Judd Apatow produced film, ‘The Big Sick’, a comedy romance starring Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Portlandia). There’s also ‘Spoor’, a quirky murder mystery billed as a ‘Polish Fargo’ from acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland, and Tiger Girl, a German femme street fighter flick.

Highlights for Thursday include the documentary ‘In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America’, focusing on the Nobel Peace Prize winner and how he leveraged U.S. support for peace in Northern Ireland; ‘A Ghost Story’, a supernatural romance from director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) reuniting stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara; and ‘Inertia Variations’, a candid portrait of English band The The, playing as part of the Fleadh’s music documentary programme.

Films to catch this weekend include the wondrous space exploration documentary The ‘Farthest’ from director Emer Reynolds; ‘Condemned to Remember’, a powerful portrait of Irish Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental, of vital viewing considering recent sectarian attacks globally and at home in Galway; ‘God’s Own Country’, described as a British Brokeback Mountain, but better; ‘Limbo’ the latest film from rising star Irish director Gerard Barrett; and Richard the Stork, a fun family animation with an adventurous spin on the ugly duckling story.

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