The Irish Connection

This year’s festival is book-ended by the world premieres
of two new movies by Irish directors
The opening presentation, Alan Gilsenan’s Timbuktu, which was filmed mostly in Morroco, and Lance Daly’s The Halo Effect, shot a few hundred yards away from the Savoy cinema, where it will have its premiere on the closing night of the festival.
The programme will feature a further 10 movies made in Ireland or by Irish producers or directors working abroad – this year’s Centrepiece Gala, John Furse’s Blind Flight, and nine programmes running in early evening slots in the IFI Cinemas, one programme on every evening between opening and closing night.
The strand screening in the IFI includes indigenous productions from Irish directors – Sean Walsh’s Bloom, Shimmy Marcus’s Headrush, David Gleeson’s Cowboys and Angels, and Karl Golden’s The Honeymooners – along with films made in other countries: Irish director David Caffrey’s Grand Theft Parsons, shot in the US; Irish producer Julie leBrocquy’s Osama, filmed in Afghanistan; and Little Bird’s documentary, Sophiatown, made in South Africa.
In addition, that strand includes Tennessee Williams’s The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, set in Italy but shot substantially in Ireland, and a special programme to mark the 20th anniversary of the film school in Dun Laoghaire.
Selected Irish short films will be screened in advance of some of the feature films showing in the festival, and details of these will be available shortly from the festival box-office and on our Website,
Michael Dwyer