Rome's IRISH FILM FESTA is dedicated entirely to Irish cinema.24 March. The 11th edition of the Irish Film Festa continues at 15.30 on Saturday 24 March with Irish Classic: Into the West. Written by Jim Sheridan and directed by Mike Newell, the film is a modern-day fairytale set in the world of the Travellers, the Irish nomadic ethnic group.
This is followed at 18.00 with Stephen Burke's Maze, inspired by the real life story behind the escape of 38 republican prisoners from Long Kesh prison in 1983. Burke and the film's producer Jane Doolan will be guests of the festival along with the film's protagonist Barry Ward. Maze has achieved significant public success in Ireland and is currently the Irish film to have grossed most in its first weekend at the cinema
At 21.00 the festival pays tribute to the Cartoon Saloon, the Kilkenny-based animation studio which is gaining increasing international renown, by The Breadwinner by Nora Twomey, in the presence of the Cartoon Saloon's creative director Louise Bagnall. The Breadwinner will be preceded by the short Late Afternoon.
The Irish Film Festa is based at Rome's Casa del Cinema, in the Via Veneto corner of Villa Borghese, and runs until 25 March. For full details see Irish Film Festa website.