The Irish Film Festa, a historic event dedicated to Irish cinema, is back in attendance, but also with outdoor screenings at Villa Borghese and streaming for those who are not on site. The first part from 21 to 22 May.
The unmissable appointment with the Irish Film Festa, the event dedicated to Irish cinema and culture, created and directed in 2007 by Susanna Pellis, who will be divided into two different moments: a first part from 21 to 22 May (in the room and in streaming) and a second part from 20 to 24 July (in the hall and outdoors). These are the news about the Festival:
Irish Film Festa 2022
Susanna Pellis, creator and director of the Irish Film Festa, explains this year’s formula and the changes from previous visions:
Once again, this is an atypical programming, far from our traditional March dates, but which allows us to finally return to the theater without setting aside the new viewing modes – streaming and the summer arena – successfully tested in the last two years. »Comments the artistic director Susanna Pellis. On the weekend of May, viewers will be able to see four films at the Casa del Cinema; while the short films in competition will be available, as well as in the theater, also in streaming. One of the two days will be dedicated to Irish-language cinema, which has recently been experiencing a real flowering in terms of production as well. There will then be a tribute to Cartoon Saloon with the screening of WolfWalkers, the most recent of the films from the Kilkenny animation studio, all nominated for an Oscar and all passed to our festival. Finally, to remain faithful to one of our main strands, the one dedicated to the actors, the projection of Broken Law it will be an opportunity to give space to Tristan Heanuetrue rising star of Irish cinema: talented actor, director of excellent shorts (with Ciúnas had won our 2020 edition) and is currently working on his first feature film
The films of the Irish Film Festa from 21 to 22 May
Tristan Heanue is the intense protagonist of the thriller Broken Law (photo), first film by Paddy Slattery, presented at the Dublin International Film Festival: two now strangers, a policeman (Heanue) who proudly follows in his father’s footsteps in Dublin’s Garda Síochána and a former prisoner (Graham Earley), questioning their own lives after a failed robbery. At the Irish Film Festa Tristan Heanue is a well-known face: he has participated several times in the festival as an actor and as a director of short films, and is in competition again this year with Harvest; director Paddy SlatteryHaving been wheelchair-bound since he was 17 following a serious car accident, he often collaborates with Heanue as a producer, and the two are longtime friends.
Foscadh (Shelter) of Seán Breathnach. Irish native speaker, Seán Breathnach he teaches screenwriting and film production at NUI – National University of Ireland in Galway, and has directed several short films and television documentaries. Foscadh (Shelter) marks his feature film debut as a director: based on the novel The Thing About December by Donal Ryan, the film tells the story of 28-year-old John (Dónall O Héalai) who, after the death of his parents, must for the first time collide with the outside world and abandon the total isolation in which he has always lived in the mountains of Connemara.
Róise & Frank (picture of Rachael Moriarty, Peter Murphy. A bittersweet comedy set in County Waterford: written and directed in Irish by Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy, Róise & Frank stages the meeting between Róise (Bríd Ní Neachtain), recently widowed by the beloved Frank, and a dog that the woman convinces herself to be the reincarnation of her husband.
Irish Film Party follows the production of Cartoon Saloon, the Irish animation studio founded in 1999 by Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey and Paul Young, right from the start: all the feature films were presented at the festival – The Secret of Kells (2009), Song of the Sea (2014) and The Breadwinner (2017) – and various shorts, including Late Afternoon by Louise Bagnall which received an Oscar nomination in 2019. Therefore, a screening of their most recent title could not be missing. WolfWalkers by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, distributed in streaming at the end of 2020 by Apple Tv +. A unique opportunity to enjoy on the big screen a magnificent work that reimagines the history of the island (we are in Kilkenny in 1650, when Oliver Cromwell invades Ireland) in a fantastic way (the WolfWalkers of the title are a community of shape-shifters who at night they turn into wolves).
The competitive section of Irish Film Festa, the competition reserved for short films: a selection of twenty titles for three categories – fiction, animation, documentary – featuring the best of one of the liveliest and most interesting sectors of the Irish film industry. Among the shorts in the program, the documentary Nothing to Declare by Garret Daly (2022 IFTA Award for Best Short Film) which tells an incredible true story, and Memento Mori by Paul O’Flanagan (best animated short film at the latest Galway Film Fleadh) with the voice of Mark Gatiss. T. The short films will be screened at the Casa del Cinema in Rome on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 Mayand will be available in parallel streaming until May 25 on the IFI International platform, which already hosted IFF’s streaming programming last year. The assignment of a Audience Award for which viewers will be able to vote online.