Jul 16 2013

Luxembourg Film Industry Centre-Stage in Galway

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SOURCE: http://www.chronicle.lu

Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, is basking in a heat-wave at present; its residents are more used to packing an umbrella and rain coat rather than the sun cream.

Galway is also hosting its 25th annual Film Fleadh (film festival) which grew originally as an off-shoot of the Galway Festival that itself is still going strong.

Luxembourg is the feature country this year, thanks in no small part to the work of the Luxembourg Film Fund leading up to, and since, the signing of the co-production agreement at this event two years ago. The Luxembourg delegation is almost 20-strong and, apart from presenting completed films (The Congress, Doudege Wenkel (Blind Spot), Naked Opera, Ernest & Celestine, Hot Hot Hot, J’Enrage de son Absence and Love Eternal), is also hosting industry events and holding a reception together with Luxembourg musicians.

On Wednesday evening it was the screening of The Congress which was screened initially at Cannes in the Director’s Fortnight, as welé as last week in Luxembourg for its premier there; Galway was treated to the third official screening – it will not go on general release in the UK and Ireland until 2014 (it hits France and Luxembourg first). Guy Daleiden of the Luxembourg Film Fund was invited on stage by the festical’s artistic director and introduced the film by explaining its 6-country co-production which involved amalgamating animation with real-life acting.

Earlier in the evening, the crew and cast were present for the World Premier of The Callback Queen, a hilarious romantic comedy – an independent film that had an Irish and English cast with the best bits involving the English-Irish “baiting”. The main character is so-called as her actress character is frequently called back for second auditions but never gets the part; here she tries for everything from commercials to epic dramas and everything in between – but she does have her principles.

Last up yesterday was Houde of Shadows, a gripping horror drama involving an Italian-Irish co-production; an Irish woman goes with her Italian husband to southern Italy to his family where he has been bequeathed a house by an uncle who was a priest and could be cannonised – she senses the house holds secrets and is determned to uncover the past.

Photos by Geoff THOMPSON (above: Guy Daleiden introducing The Congress; below: cast and crew of The Callback Queen)

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SOURCE: http://www.chronicle.lu

Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, is basking in a heat-wave at present; its residents are more used to packing an umbrella and rain coat rather than the sun cream.

Galway is also hosting its 25th annual Film Fleadh (film festival) which grew originally as an off-shoot of the Galway Festival that itself is still going strong.

Luxembourg is the feature country this year, thanks in no small part to the work of the Luxembourg Film Fund leading up to, and since, the signing of the co-production agreement at this event two years ago. The Luxembourg delegation is almost 20-strong and, apart from presenting completed films (The Congress, Doudege Wenkel (Blind Spot), Naked Opera, Ernest & Celestine, Hot Hot Hot, J’Enrage de son Absence and Love Eternal), is also hosting industry events and holding a reception together with Luxembourg musicians.

On Wednesday evening it was the screening of The Congress which was screened initially at Cannes in the Director’s Fortnight, as welé as last week in Luxembourg for its premier there; Galway was treated to the third official screening – it will not go on general release in the UK and Ireland until 2014 (it hits France and Luxembourg first). Guy Daleiden of the Luxembourg Film Fund was invited on stage by the festical’s artistic director and introduced the film by explaining its 6-country co-production which involved amalgamating animation with real-life acting.

Earlier in the evening, the crew and cast were present for the World Premier of The Callback Queen, a hilarious romantic comedy – an independent film that had an Irish and English cast with the best bits involving the English-Irish “baiting”. The main character is so-called as her actress character is frequently called back for second auditions but never gets the part; here she tries for everything from commercials to epic dramas and everything in between – but she does have her principles.

Last up yesterday was Houde of Shadows, a gripping horror drama involving an Italian-Irish co-production; an Irish woman goes with her Italian husband to southern Italy to his family where he has been bequeathed a house by an uncle who was a priest and could be cannonised – she senses the house holds secrets and is determned to uncover the past.

Photos by Geoff THOMPSON (above: Guy Daleiden introducing The Congress; below: cast and crew of The Callback Queen)

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