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6th - 10th November 2007 Featuring Comme Une Image Warchild Red Like The Sky God Grew Tired of Us The Passion of Joan of Arc Under The Mud 32A As You Like It Shorts Programme

Image 32A, Janey Pictures

Workshops Lunchbox Animation Make-Up for Film and Television Acting for the Screen Presenting for Television Booking and Information Tel 091 751655 Fax 091 735831 Email festival@juniorfilmfleadh.com Web www.juniorfilmfleadh.com

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Day by Day Guide Date

Time

Event

Page

Cert

Venue

Tuesday 6th

9.15am 11.30am 1.30pm 5.00pm 8.00pm

Comme Une Image Warchild Red Like The Sky Surf’s Up The Bourne Ultimatum

4 5 6 7 8

12A 15A 12A G 12A

Cinemobile Gullane’s Hotel Ballinasloe Co Galway

Wednesday 7th 10.00am 12.30pm 2.15pm

Comme Une Image The Passion of Joan of Arc Under The Mud

4 9 10

12A PG 15A

Town Hall Theatre Galway

Thursday 8th

10.00am 12.00pm 2.00pm

Warchild God Grew Tired of Us 32A

5 11 12

15A 12A 12A

Town Hall Theatre Galway

Friday 9th

10.00am 10.30am 12.00pm 12.00pm 2.30pm

Red Like The Sky Make-Up for Film & Television Workshop As You Like It Acting for Screen Workshop Shorts Programme

6 12A 18 13 12A 18 16 PG

Town Hall Theatre Galway

Saturday 10th

10.30am 10.30am 11.00am 11.30am

Lunchbox Animation Workshop Presenting for Television Workshop Make-Up for Film & Television Workshop Underdog

18 18 18 14 PG

Town Hall Theatre Galway

All screenings €5.00 except Shorts Programme €3.00




Welcome to the 13th

Junior Film Fleadh

This year marks the thirteenth Junior Film Fleadh, and it seems appropriate that this year we celebrate the teenager. The films in this programme are all excellent explorations of different aspects of teenage journeys. Red Like The Sky is the tale of a blind boy who loves cinema, who grew up to be one of Italy’s most prominent sound designers. It is a story of triumph over adversity – told with compassion, and a refreshing lack of sympathy for its blind protagonists. God Grew Tired of Us is a documentary that is engaging, funny and tragic in equal measures as it chronicles it’s teenage protagonists’ integration to American society from a Kenyan refugee camp. They have never experienced an airplane, running water or electricity. Will the USA prove to be their Heaven? The film is as much an examination of the material values of the USA, as the power of community and national identity within the people of Sudan. 32A is a stunning film that explores the emotional growing pains of teenage girls. In addition to the screening, we are honored to host a Q&A session with some of the film’s young stars, who will discuss their experience of making the film. The centerpiece of this year’s Junior Fleadh will be a screening of Carl Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc, one of the world’s most iconic teenagers. The film is a silent masterpiece and it will be played along with a recent score by Richard Einhorn – specially commissioned for the film. This screening will challenge the perception that silent cinema cannot be as gripping and as emotionally satisfying as anything in your Omniplex. Under The Mud is a great accomplishment, not just because local teenagers wrote it but also because it is such an enjoyable film that examines the importance of family and community within Liverpool. Indeed many of the young cast will be present for our screening and there will be a questions and answers session afterwards. In conjunction with the Irish Film Institute we are delighted to screen two new films. Our French film, Comme Une Image, is a contemporary look at family relationships and the nature of celebrity, while our German film, Warchild, focuses on a Bosnian woman’s search for her fostered daughter. Our Shorts Programme is an ever popular element of our festival, and this year is no different with shorts from Limerick’s Fresh Film Festival, TG4 and our own Young Film Makers. We trust that you will enjoy the cinema on offer here, and we look forward to meeting you at the Junior Film Fleadh! 


Comme Une Image Look At Me 12A

France | Italy

2004

Drama

112 mins

Director Agnès Jaoui Cast Marilou Berry, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui, Laurent Grévill French language with English Subtitles Cinemobile Gullane’s Hotel Ballinasloe Tuesday 6th November 9.15am Town Hall Theatre Galway Wednesday 7th November 10.00am

Comme Une Image is an intelligent film which explores family relationships, the nature of celebrity and contemporary society’s obsession with image. Lolita is a talented but insecure teenager who is trying to develop a classical singing career and a more positive sense of herself, despite being almost completely ignored by her self-obsessed famous father. She is pretty but overweight, and is desperate for her father’s affection. She is also barely noticed by others until they discover who her father is – which makes her suspicious of people’s motives. Special thanks to the Irish Film Institute. A Study Guide will accompany this film.




Warchild Stille Sehnsucht Germany | Slovenia

2006

Drama

103 mins

15A

Director Christian Wagner Cast Labina Mitevska, Senad Basic, Katrin Saß, Crescentia Dünßer German language with English Subtitles Cinemobile Gullane’s Hotel Ballinasloe Tuesday 6th November 11.30am Town Hall Theatre Galway Thursday 8th November 10.00am

Warchild is a powerful drama from German director Christian Wagner. Unlike our previous choices which concentrated on German stories, this riveting film explores the connection between Germany and nearby Bosnia, through the search of a resolute Bosnian woman for her daughter who was fostered during the war a decade earlier. Senada travels illegally from Sarajevo to Ulm in Germany, where she finds her missing daughter Kristina, who is being raised by a well-to-do German family. The heart-breaking dilemma faced by Senada, set against the terror of her past experiences, goes some way towards showing how lives have been affected by the conflict. Special thanks to the Irish Film Institute. A Study Guide will accompany this film. 


Red Like the Sky Rosso Come Il Cielo 12A

Italy

2007

Drama

96 mins

Director Cristiano Bortone Cast Francesco Campobasso, Luca Capriotti, Marco Cocci Italian language with English Subtitles Cinemobile Gullane’s Hotel Ballinasloe Tuesday 6th November 1.30pm Town Hall Theatre Galway Friday 9th November 10.00am

When Mirco was blinded at eight years of age – what future was left for him? In 1970’s Italy, his future was bleak. He was sent to an industrial school for the blind where he was taught to weave material – one of the few occupations that were possible for someone without sight to secure. But Mirco could see beyond his disability, he finds a tape recorder, and is given some sound reels – and starts to make audio portraits of the world around him. But when the principal of the school finds out he is keen to crush his emerging talents. Based on the life of one of Italy’s most gifted sound engineers, Mirco Mennaci, Red Like The Sky received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience when it opened this years’ Galway Film Fleadh – and deservedly so. Cristiano Bortone’s beautiful film is a tribute to the unsurpassable spirit of youth, imagination and to the magical power of cinema itself. 


Surf’s Up USA

2007

Animation

85 mins

G

Director Ash Brannon / Chris Buck Voices Shia La Beouf, Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel Cinemobile Gullane’s Hotel Ballinasloe Tuesday 6th November 5.00pm

A stylistically daring CGI feature, Surf’s Up is based on the groundbreaking revelation that surfing was actually invented by penguins. In the film, a documentary crew will take audiences behind the scenes and onto the waves during the most competitive, heartbreaking and dangerous display of surfing known to man, the Penguin World Surfing Championship. Alex Madison




The Bourne Ultimatium 12A

USA

2007

Drama

112 mins

Director Paul Greengrass Cast Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Paddy Considine Cinemobile Gullane’s Hotel Ballinasloe Tuesday 6th November 8.00pm

Bourne is once again brought out of hiding, this time inadvertently by London-based reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation BlackBriar – an upgrade to Project Treadstone – in a series of newspaper columns. Bourne (Damon) sets up a meeting with Ross (Considine) and realizes instantly they’re being scanned. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally, ultimately, uncover his dark past whilst dodging The Company’s best efforts in trying to eradicate him. Corey Hatch.




The Passion of Joan of Arc Denmark

1928

Drama

82 mins

PG

Director Carl Dreyer Cast Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz B&W, Silent Town Hall Theatre Galway Wednesday 7th November 12.30pm

It seems fitting that in the year we celebrate the teenager, that have as the centerpiece of our programme, Carl Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan Of Arc. A rebel, a leader at 15 years of age, and now a religious icon, Joan of Arc was literally the teenager that saved her nation. This drama is set in the period where she was interrogated by dozens of theologians and for fourteen months, managed to stay true to her inner spirit, and even challenge the prejudice of her interrogators. She is subsequently sentenced to death, unless she renounces God – this is her dilemma, her passion. In this film, Maria Falconetti commits to film one of the greatest performances of all time. And we are honored to present this film with a score written by Richard Einhorn to compliment the film. The Passion of Joan of Arc may well challenge an audiences’ perception of silent film, and demonstrate it as an experience that is truly captivating and utterly forgettable. 


Under the Mud 12A

UK

2006

Drama

85 mins

Director Sol Papadopoulos Cast Andrew Schofield, Kate Fitzgerald, James McMartin, Lenny Wood Town Hall Theatre Galway Wednesday 7th November 2.15pm

A short film Mister Freeze (Ballinfoile Youth Development Project) will be screened before this film. This screening will be followed by a Q&A Session with the director and members of the film’s cast.

Under The Mud depicts a hectic day in the life of a family from hell, or are they ‘one hell of a family’? Under the Mud is a huge achievement made and scripted by local young people In Liverpool. Shot in and around Speke and Garston – an area with high unemployment – the action takes place during a hectic twenty-four hours, and centres around the Potts household – second home to teenage slacker, Magic, who’s such a part of the furniture that his longing for the eccentric beauty Paula Potts goes completely un-noticed. To the love of his life he’s just her twin brother’s best mate. With the family set on a course of self-destruction, aided by an old enemy of dad’s – and Paula set to run off to Ibiza with the local slime-ball, Magic realises that he only has a few hours to save the family, get the girl and change all of their lives forever. 10


God Grew Tired of Us USA

2006

Feature Documentary

98 mins

12A

Directors Christopher Dillon Quinn, Tommy Walker Town Hall Theatre Galway Thursday 8th November 12.00noon

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, God Grew Tired Of Us explores the indomitable spirit of three ‘Lost Boys’ from the Sudan who leave their homeland. These teenagers were among the 25,000 children who fled villages, formed surrogate families and sought refuge from famine, disease, wild animals and attacks from rebel soldiers. They triumphed over seemingly insurmountable adversity and civil strife in their own country, and were selected by a US programme where they are brought to the US, and given jobs and accommodation. These people have never know airtravel, electricity, escalators or running water. Will the USA prove to be their nirvana? What about the tribe they left behind? A film that is, in turns, funny and moving, tragic and heartwarming, God Grew Tired of Us is an intelligent film telling an important story. Narrated by Nicole Kidman. 11

A short film Memory Box will be screened before this film.


32A 12A

Ireland

2007

Drama

90 mins

Director Marian Quinn Cast Ailish McCarthy, Sophie Jo Wasson, Orla Long, Riona Smith, Meadhbh Ní Dhalaigh Town Hall Theatre Galway Thursday 8th November 2.00pm

This screening will be followed by a Q&A Session with members of the film’s cast.

How does life look to a 13-year-old girl? This story is set in the “in-between” time of a girl’s life, when she is no longer a child and not yet a woman. We open with our heroine, Maeve, putting on her new snow-white bra, and stepping out into the world as a young woman. She has an obsession with breasts and bras and can’t help but stare at other women; even the head nun doesn’t escape her gaze. Her world revolves around her three friends, Ruth, Claire and Orla, who are more experienced in the ways of the world. They wear bras already (except Claire the feminist) and they’ve all had boyfriends. The new bra is a start but they really hope Maeve can find a boyfriend, even offering kissing lessons to prepare her. What no one expects, least of all Maeve, is that she should snare the local heart-throb, Brian Power… 12


As You Like It USA | UK

2006

Drama

127 mins

15A

Director Kenneth Branagh Cast Romola Garai, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kevin Kline, Adrian Lester Town Hall Theatre Galway Friday 9th November 12.00noon

Director Kenneth Branagh’s imaginative adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic As You Like It celebrates the enduring power of love in all its many disguises. Witty, playful and utterly magical, the story is a compelling romantic adventure in which Rosalind and Orlando’s celebrated courtship is played out against a backdrop of political rivalry, banishment and exile in the Forest of Arden. Rosalind, the daughter of a banished Duke, is forced to flee her uncle’s court and brave the wild Forest of Arden. Accompanied by her loyal cousin Celia, Rosalind disguises herself as a man which. comes in handy when she tests the devotion of Orlando, and teaches him lessons about matters of the heart. Some of the Bard’s most poetic and beautiful language flows as a merry and melancholy series of misunderstandings unfolds amidst the collision of court the way, the forces of true love and justice eventually triumph. 13

A short film Skool Sux (Colaiste Mhuire, Ballygar, Co Galway) will be screened before this film.


Underdog PG

USA

2007

Adventure Comedy

84 mins

Director Frederik Du Chau Cast Jim Belushi, Peter Dinklage, John Slattery, Patrick Warburton, Brad Garrett, Amy Adams and Jason Lee as the voice of Underdog “There’s no need to fear. Underdog is here!” The superhero canine with a gift for rhyme returns in an all new live-action re-imagination of the classic cartoon, Underdog.

Town Hall Theatre Galway Saturday 10th November 11.30am

© Disney

We are grateful to Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Ireland for this special preview. Utilizing state-of-the-art CGI special effects mixed with live-action, Underdog will hit Irish cinemas in February 2008.

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After an accident in the mysterious lab of maniacal scientist Dr. Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage), an ordinary beagle unexpectedly finds himself with unimaginable powers and the ability to speak. Armed with a fetching superhero costume, Underdog (voiced by comedian Jason Lee vows to protect the beleaguered citizens of Capitol City and, in particular, one beautiful spaniel named Polly Purebread (voiced by Academy Award®nominee Amy Adams). When a sinister plot by Barsinister and his overgrown henchman Cad (Patrick Warburton) threatens to destroy Capitol City only Underdog can save the day.


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Shorts Programme 12A

100mins

This programme includes work from young people involved in the JFF Young Film Makers Projects, Galway Film Centre Flying Film Squads, TG4/Ciak Shorts and the Fresh Film Festival Showcase.

Town Hall Theatre Galway Friday 9th November 2.30pm Feirmeor Freaky

Feirmeor Freaky

An t-Athair Basiti

Abuelta

Beethoven Near Death

Scoil na mBraithre, Mitchellstown, Co Cork. Ciak Junior International Script Competition. A humerous look at an aged farmer’s obession with a pretty TV presenter. Irish with English Subtitles.

Winner of Radharc Documenatary Award at 2007 Fresh Film Festival. Director Santana Hernandez Power A film about Santana’s grandmother in El Salvadore Abuelta

It’s A Girl Thing

Colaiste Treasa, Kenturk, Co Cork. Ciak Junior International Script Competition. On the day that Seán is to become godfather to his niece, he is challenged to a car race with fatal consquences.

3rd Prize Winner at 2007 Fresh Film Festival. Director Sam Coll Beethoven’s last hours of life.

Genders Divided

Lunchbox Animation

Laurencetown NS, Ballinasloe.

Trading Faces Stage School, Galway A humerous look at male and female roles

It’s A Girl Thing

Upside Down Goldfish

Seamount College, Kinvara. A new PE teacher is swamped by the affections of besotted student. Made as part of the JFF Film Makers Project.

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Brown Bag Animation Award at Fresh Film Festival 2007. Made by Bryan O’Sullivan this claymation was made as a music video.


Last Friday

Holy Rosary Secondary School, Mountbellew, Co Galway. In the wrong kind of athmosphere, every day events can turn suspicious and everyone can seem guilty. Made as part of the JFF Film Makers Project.

Lunchbox Animation

St Brendan’s NS. Loughrea.

We Are Kilkerrin NS

Oliver Plunkett NS, Kilkerrin. As the school year draws to a close, we join the students at Oliver Plunkett NS as they turn their hand to dancing, gardening and signing each other’s t-shirts. Made as part of the JFF Film Makers Project.

An Dara Seans

Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf, Co Dublin. Dublin Winner of the Ciak Junior Interational Script competition. Sixteen year old Saoirse wakes up in hosptial after attempting to take her own life. In flashback sequences the audience gets to see the growing pressures faced by the teenager which led to her decision. Irish with English Subtitles.

Memory Box

An t-Athair Basiti

Last Friday

Director Siobhan Twomey Documentary and animation combine in this docu-mation which explores issues facing those new to life in Ireland. We Are Kilkerrin NS

Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year takes place at the Fresh Film Festival in Limerick each Spring. The Competition features the best films made by young people aged between 7 and 18 years. Next year’s festival will run from the 3rd - 9th March 2008. The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 24th February 2008. The films screened at this year’s Junior Film Fleadh are a representative selection of previous entries. For further details and entry forms please contact Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year, Fresh Film Festival, Belltable Arts Centre, 69 O’Connell Street, Limerick. Tel/Fax 061 319555 Email info@freshfilmfestival.net Web www. freshfilmfestival.net 17


Workshops Programme Town Hall Theatre, Galway | All workshops €10 per participant

Make-Up for Film & Television Friday 9th November, 10.30am – 12.30pm | Saturday 10th November, 11.00am – 1.00pm. 12 – 16 years Always a very popular and rewarding class, this year Roisin Derrane will be facilitating the Make Up Workshop. Participants will be given a demonstration on how to create all kinds of characters using the tricks of the trade before being transformed into a character themselves.

Acting for the Screen Friday 9th November 12.00noon – 3.00pm. 15 – 18 years We are honored this year to have Gary Lydon present this year’s Acting for the Screen workshop. A workshop that will be both strongly facilitated yet participatory. Participants will work from scripts, and learn how an actor studies this text as a guiding principle. There will be a camera and projector to hand during the workshop to which participants will act, and performances will be discussed and critiqued.

Lunchbox Animation in association with Galway Film Centre Saturday 10th November 10.30am – 1.00pm. 9 – 12 years An exciting way to explore creative story-telling and visual images through animation using the Animation Lunchbox. Participants will be shown under the watchful eye of Edith Pieperhoff how to create their own images and characters and transform this into a short animated film. Watching the images come alive before their eyes is one of the most rewarding aspects of this popular workshop. Participants will be given a DVD copy of the animations after the workshop.

Presenting for Television Saturday 10th November 10.30am – 1.00pm. 15 – 18 years In this workshop participants will be shown the role of a television presenter; how they research and prepare, through to their presentation to the camera. Participants will also be invited to try their hand at presenting themselves. Afterwards, Páidí Ó Lionáird will offer a critique of the participants’ attempt in front of the cameras. Places on workshops are strictly limited and allocated on a first come first served basis, so early booking essential on 091 751655. 18


Film-making for Young People

Whether you’re a school, youth or community group, the Galway Film Centre has a film-making workshop to suit your needs. Live action, drama, documentary and animation allow participants to explore creative story-telling and visual images. Our workshops teach technical skills and nurture team building, communication and organisational skills. Courses are tailor-made to meet the requirements, needs and size of your group. Our tutors teach the basic principles of film-making including script, direction, camera, sound, production and editing. For more information contact: Galway Film Centre, Cluain Mhuire, Monivea Road, Galway Tel: 091 770748 Email: info@galwayfilmcentre.ie


Acknowledgements Sadie Mackey, Cathy O’Connor, Miriam Allen and Debbie McVey at The Galway Film Fleadh; Trish Long at Buena Vista Ireland; Martin McGagh, Maeve Joyce, Tracy Geraghty, Orlaigh, Se and Pete, Galway Film Centre; Noreen Collins and Goretti O’Brien at The Cinemobile; Alicia McGivern and Deirdre Quinlan at The Irish Film Institute; German Embassy; Fergal McGrath and all at The Town Hall Theatre; The Fresh Film Festival; Adriana Chiesa Enterprises; Janey Pictures; Media 8 Entertainment; Roy Boulter & Sol Papadopoulos; Richard Einhorn; Lionsgate Films; TG4; Siobhan Twomey and our volunteers. Festival Co-ordinator Annette Maye Festival Programmer Felim Mac Dermott Managing Director Miriam Allen Fleadh Team Cathy O’Connor, Debbie McVey Graphic Design Paul Callanan at Design Associates Web Design A Man and Ink Projectionists Fred Diviney at Town Hall Theatre Filmmaking Tutors Martin McGagh, Eamon Little Board of Directors Billy Loughnane, Brendan McCaul, Siún Ní Raghallaigh, Máire Ní Thuathail, Kate O’Toole (Chair), TC Rice, Steve Woods.

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2007 Junior Film Fleadh