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The Films

Welcome to the programme for this year’s Killruddery Film Festival, as you can see it is a considerable expansion upon last year, with several new strands:

In terms of silent film we have a line up every bit the equal of last year’s in terms of both quality and quantity. It is a programme that has been put together once again with the help of Kevin Brownlow, who will join us for the festival. We can add to this a second programme of more contemporary titles selected for us by special guests of the festival including Rebecca Miller and John Boorman among others, they will also be joining us throughout the festival. We also have several illustrated lectures and workshops and a programme of Artist’s films selected by Elisa Kay and Eilis Lavelle.

'The Wind' (1928)

Silent highlights include- two films by the great Swedish director -Victor Sjostrom, Ingeborg Holm from 1913 which Ingmar Bergman himself described as “one of the most remarkable films ever made” as well the inimitable Lilian Gish in The Wind (1928) which closes out this year’s festival. We also have the great Frank Borzage picture Lucky Star (1929), a film that was considered lost until around 1990. Borzage was often considered a protege of FW Murnau and this certainly comes through in Lucky Star, an extraordinarily well made film.  Murnau’s own follow up to Sunrise was City Girl which screens on Saturday. A warm romance about a boy from the country who falls in love with a waitress from the city, it is an absolute delight. On sunday evening we have The Patsy (1928) by King Vidor, who although not primarily known for his comedies wonderfully directs Marion Davies  in this hilarious and witty romance. Andrew Legge presents the sci-fi oddity High Treason (1929) which reveals a peculiar image of how 1940s Britain might have looked. Poile De Carotte (The Redhead) (1929) is by the overlooked French filmmaker Julien Duvivier, who was beloved by Jean Renoir and Ingmar Bergman but almost totally forgotten by the cahiers du cinema crown who would rewrite french film history. It plays like a sort of forerunner to Truffaut’s 400 Blows, or even Bresson’s Mouchette, telling the moving story of a put upon 9 year old boy, impressively played by André Heuzé. We also have the great early documentary film Chang (1927), made by the same filmmaking team that would later go on to make King Kong. For anyone who saw Grass, an audience favourite from last year, word has it that this is even better.

'Sita Sings The Blues' (2008)

Other rare screenings and premieres include- A rare outing for the stunning overlooked Terence Malick masterpiece The New World (2005). Nina Paley’s exuberant animated film Sita Sings the Blues (2008). A special outdoor screening of I Know Where I’m Going (1945) by Powell & Pressburger. A rare screening of Goddess/Devi (1960) by the great Satyajit Ray, introduced by filmmaker and author Rebecca Miller. Our Sunday matinee is Red Dust which features Clark Gable and Jean Harlow and will make the perfect Mother’s Day film. John Boorman selected the lost British thriller Seven Days To Noon for the programme and he will present it on Saturday, while NY Times film critic Matt Zoller Seitz chose The Parallax View, an expertly constructed political thriller that, sadly, rarely gets spoken about anymore.

We also have a selection of Irish titles which include what is often considered Bob Quinn’s masterpiece Budawanny which will be followed by a special performance by Roger Doyle who continues to rework the score he wrote for the film in 1987. Sunniva O Flynn continues to unearth incredible rare footage of Wicklow, this year she will repeat the Down Wicklow Way programme she created for last year’s festival. This programme brought history to life through rare professional and amateur footage of Wicklow in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. She will also be contributing a second programme this year Back Down Wicklow Way which looks to Wicklow’s more recent history and will include a rarely seen film  scripted by George Morrison ‘From Time to Time’  from 1953.    

For families we have an excellent collection of Children’s shorts and a Foley Workshop for budding filmmakers aged 10 and up. Older children will also throughly enjoy Sita Sings The Blues.

Of particular interest to film students, or anyone with a special interest in film, apart from the long list of rarely seen contemporary and silent classics above, is a special focus this year on the video essay with a talk by NY Times film critic and video essayist Matt Zoller Seitz and a screening of Los Angeles Plays Itself. We are particularly interested here at Killruddery Film Festival in creative uses of archive material (our ongoing collaboration with Sunniva O Flynn is a reflection of this) and it seems to us that the contemporary form of the video essay is a fine example of creative use of archive material granting people new and exciting avenues into film history.

It is also worth noting that prices for this year’s festival have been reduced in many cases to nearly half of what they were last year. While there are also several free events, including a number of illustrated lectures which are accessible to those with a ticket for any other event in the programme, places for these talks will however need to be booked in advance.

Hope you enjoy the festival,

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Festival Director

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