Disney Pixar’s Pete Docter, the man who directed Up, and Jonas Rivera, the man who produced that already classic, animated film, will attend the Galway Film Fleadh to screen their new movie Inside/Out.
The Galway Film Fleadh 2015 programme was launched last night and apart from Docter and Rivera, there will also be a public interview with John C Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy, Anchorman 2 ), a directors' master class with Iranian film maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf; and screenwriter Michael Tolkin (The Player, Deep Impact, Changing Lanes ).
The festival will screen 13 world premieres and numerous European and Irish premieres. Among the highlights will be the closing night film, An Klondike, a frontier drama about three Galwegian brothers who seek their fortune in Klondike Valley; Pursuit, a contemporary re-imagining of the Irish myth 'The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne'; and first features from debut directors, such as Mark Noonan’s comedy-drama You’re Ugly Too, where Aidan Gillen is released from prison to care for his niece; The Survivalist, a tense post-apocalyptic drama from Stephen Fingleton; and Traders from Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy, exploring the depths a group of young professionals go to, to preserve their wealth in recession Ireland.
The 2015 fleadh will also showcase new work from directors like Johnny O’Reilly, with his film Moscow Never Sleeps; Irish stalwart Cathal Black presents a new short film Butterfly; and Kilkenny's Cartoon Saloon will screen its Oscar nominated animation Song of the Sea.
Documentaries at the festival include An Open Secret, examining Hollywood child abuse rings; The First Film, about forgotten cinema pioneer Louis Le Prince; Mary McAleese and the Man Who Saved Europe in which the former president is our guide to the legacy of St Columbanus; and Older Than Ireland, which tells the story of Ireland through interviews with 30 centenarians who are older than the State itself.
There will also be a focus on Dutch film with Admiral, an epic, sea-faring, adventure from the golden age of Dutch history; Zurich, by director Sacha Polak; crime drama Son of Mine; the documentary Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice; and Sergio Herman: F***ing Perfect, which follows the perfectionist, Michelin 3-Star chef as he plans to close down his award-winning restaurant in the hope of a simpler life.
"We have put together a programme that plays to our strengths as a uniquely informal, intimate and engaging festival," said festival programmer Gar O’ Brien. "This is a celebration of all things Galway."