The Irish Film Festival of India hopes to showcase different aspects of the countrys culture through its cinema
There’s a lot more to Ireland than Irish cream,stout beer and cricketer Kevin OBriens record for the fastest century in a world cup. And Irish filmmaker Marc-Ivan OGormans venture,The Irish Film Festival of India,is aiming to showcase just that.
With the theme,The Writing Irish,the festival will be held at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA),Mumbai,and will screen films that have been adapted from works by Irish authors. I went with the writing theme because Ireland produces a disproportionate amount of great writers. And many Indians often dont realise they are Irish, says OGorman,the festival director.
The festival will open today with The Dead,an adaptation of James Joyces short story. It is also the last film directed by Irish-American director,John Huston.
This will be followed by films based on contemporary writings,Maeve Binchys Circle of Friends on Friday and Partick McCabes The Butcher Boy on Sunday.
The festival will be an annual event. Subsequent editions will have themes centered around documentary and animation. Irish animators have received several Oscar nominations in recent years in both the short and feature section, says OGorman. Whatever theme we go with,theres a wide range of really great movies to pick from and Indians would enjoy them, he adds.