Vicky Krieps and Mike Newell will take part in the Galway Film Festival program
‘Old’ star Vicky Krieps and ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ director Mike Newell are among the stars set to appear at the Galway Film Festival in Ireland next month.
Krieps will be on hand to present his new film “Hold Me Tight”, by Mathieu Amalric (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) while Newell will be present as part of the 30th anniversary of his 1992 feature film “Into the West”, which starred Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin. In addition to Newell, other creators and actors — including writer Jim Sheridan — will also be on hand for a conversation about the film.
The 34th edition of the festival, which runs from July 5-10, will feature 18 world premieres and 32 new Irish films.
World premieres include Declan Recks’ “Tarrac,” starring Kelly Gough, Lorcan Crantich, and Cillian Ó Gairbhí and Michael Kinirons’ drama “The Sparrow,” starring “Normal People’s” Éanna Hardwicke, “Luther” star David O ‘Hara and newcomer Ollie West.
Hardwicke also appears in another world premiere, “Lakelands,” alongside “Game of Thrones” Danielle Galligan.
Documentaries debuting at the festival will include “Nothing Compares,” a biopic about Sinéad O’Connor, “Atomic Hope: Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement” and Gary Lennon’s “Piano Dreams.”
The World Cinema strand, meanwhile, sees films from countries like Finland and Ukraine with “Carol of the Bells” – a period drama about survival in pre- and post-Second World Ukraine. World War – closing the festival. The film’s lead actress, Yana Koroliova, now lives in Ireland.
Festival programming director Will Fitzgerald said: “There are 80 sensational international and Irish feature films selected for this year’s edition. A quarter of them are world premieres. 32 of the selected films are from first feature directors and there are also over 100 new short films. As always, we strive to be a springboard for new talent and to elevate diverse and emerging voices in filmmaking.