By Indiewire | Indiewire July 8, 2003 at 2:00AM
Galway Set to Open 15th Film Fleadh Tonight in Ireland
by Eugene Hernandez
The Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland kicks off its 15th edition today with a screening of the controversial new film, "Conspiracy of Silence." The U.K. first feature, its Irish premiere, is a new film from John Deery. In the words of the festival, it "challenges the notion of celibacy within the Catholic Church."
Closing the festival on Sunday the 13th will be Ian Fitzgibbon's "Spin the Bottle." The film, which is also having its Irish premiere, stars the late Pat Leavy as well as Michael McElhatton.
Among the films to be showcased in the world cinema section are Baltasar Kormakur's "The Sea" from Iceland, Liz Garbus' "Girlhood" and David Gordon Green's "All The Real Girls" from the U.S., Nir Bergman's "Broken Wings" from Israel, Gyorgy Palfi's "Hukkle" from Hungary, Jens Lien's "Jonny Vang" from Norway, Lucas Moodysson's "Lilja 4 Ever" from Sweden, Lone Sherfig's "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself" and Susanne Bier's "Open Hearts" from Denmark, and Michael Winterbottom's Berlinale winner, "In This World."
A number of industry reps will be in Galway this weekend for the Galway Film Fair, which will match filmmakers with invited financiers, producers and distributors. Among those headed for Ireland are Brigette Suarez from Bavaria Film International, Sofia Sondervan from Content Film, Ashley Luke from Fortissimo Film Sales, Penny Wolf from HBO Film London, Madeline Elles-Hill from Miramax, Norman Brock from the UK Film Council and Jack Turner from United Artists.
Also on tap for the festival this year are showcases of new work from Germany and South Korea. Included will be Wolfgang Becker's "Good Bye Lenin" and Hans Christian Schmid's "Distant Lights" from Germany, while Im Kwon-Taek's "Chiwaseon" and Kim Di Duk's "The Isle" will screen from South Korea. "The Isle" will be shown in a special "Extreme Cinema" section highlighting work that is only for an adult audience.
This Friday, Agnieszka Holland ("Europa, Europa") will present a special masterclass in directing, while Pierce Brosnan ("Evelyn," "Die Another Day") will host an acting masterclass on Sunday morning.
[For more information, please visit: http://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com.]