Irish Film Continues to Shine as Strong Selection of Irish Titles Feature in 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Line-up


Irish Film Continues to Shine as Strong Selection of Irish Titles Feature in 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Line-up

Posted: 3rd March 2017

As the line-up for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival is revealed, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) congratulates the strong selection of Irish titles in this year’s festival, taking place from 19-30 April. Brendan Muldowney’s epic tale set in thirteenth century Ireland, Pilgrimage, Emer Reynolds’ NASA Voyager space doc, The Farthest and Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden’s chilling documentary, Elián have all been selected to compete in the prestigious festival which was first established by renowned actor, Robert De Niro in 2002. Vincent Gallagher’s award-winning animated short, Second to None, will also screen in the Animated Shorts section of the festival, alongside two other Irish shorts, Jim Sheridan’s 11th Hour and Benjamin Cleary and TJ O’Grady Peyton’s Wave.

Directed by Brendan Muldowney from a script written by Jamie Hannigan, Pilgrimage is set in an Ireland ravaged by tribal war and pagan superstition in 1209AD. Pilgrimage will screen in the Viewpoints section of Tribeca, with a cast featuring the likes of Jon Bernthal (Fury, The Walking Dead) and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal).The film centres on a group of monks who undertake a pilgrimage to transport their monastery's holiest relic to Rome. When the true significance of the relic is revealed, the journey becomes much more treacherous, and the group's faith and loyalty to one another are tested. Funded by the IFB, the film is produced by Conor Barry and John Keville of Savage Productions alongside Renoit Roland of Wrong Men Films. 

Following its Special Presentation screening and the recent Audi Dublin International Film Festival, where it scooped the coveted AUDI-ence Award, Emer Reynolds’ The Farthest will also screen in Tribeca’s Viewpoints category. Depicting NASA's Voyager Mission, The Farthest celebrates magnificent machines as well as the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could have ever hoped. Produced by John Murray and Clare Stronge at Crossing the Line Productions with funding from the IFB, this awe-inspiring documentary showcases one of humankind’s greatest achievements that in all likelihood will outlast humanity.

Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden’s Elián recounts the story of a Cuban boy named Elián González who, on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, was found floating on an inner tube in the Florida Straits. Set to the backdrop of a tense and acrimonious relationship between the US and Cuba, the documentary gives unprecedented access to key players in the saga. As McDonnell and Golden showcase how that particular Thanksgiving Day set in motion a bitter custody battle between Elián’s Cuban father and US relatives, the documentary is underscored by a deeply moving personal and political commentary. Produced by Trevor Birney at Fine Point Films with funding from the IFB, Elián uses one boy’s remarkable journey to plot the path to rapprochement between Cuba and the US.

Fresh from receiving ADIFF’s Discovery Award, Vincent Gallagher’s animated short, Second to None, has been receiving rave reviews since it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016. A black comedy in stop motion, Second to None tells the story of the world’s second-oldest man who learns that ambition can be a killer. Produced by Damian Farrell at Caboom, the short film won both Best Short and Best Animation at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2016. Second to None is one of three Irish shorts in this year’s Tribeca programme alongside Jim Sheridan’s 11th Hour, which stars Salma Hayek Pinault and is set to the backdrop of 9/11 and Wave from Oscar-winner Benjamin Cleary and TJ O’Grady-Peyton; a short film about Gaspar Rubicon who wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language.

The Tribeca Film Festival is seen as a gateway to the Academy Awards® as the awards for Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short will qualify for consideration for the Academy Awards’ Short Films category. 

The Tribeca Film Festival is one of the most prominent and well-respected film festivals in the US and the Irish selection at Tribeca comes after what has already been a phenomenal year for Irish cinema on the international festival circuit.