The Runway

The Runway
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The Runway
Ireland, 2010, 101 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Luxembourg
US Premiere
Topics: Comedy, Drama
Programs: Best of the Fest, World Cinema Now
Language: English

Awards: Galway, Best Irish Feature

Winner of the best Irish film prize at the Galway festival, debuting writer-director Ian Power’s good-natured confection (based on a real incident in 1983) focuses on a nine-year-old boy in County Cork who goes by the incongruous name of Paco. Paco whiles away his time in the quiet-to-the-point-of-comatose Dromoleen by imagining his long-absent father to be a dashing Spaniard, something his mother does little to discourage. He’s has even gone so far as to start learning Spanish, via tapes he plays at night while in bed.

When a small plane makes an emergency landing nearby and it turns out that the pilot is from Colombia with nary a word of English, whom does the village turn to for translation? Paco, of course, and he uses his role to fabricate certain details that both add to the pilot’s luster in the eyes of the villagers and bring stranger and locals closer together… Droll and goodhearted, Powers’s amiable tale is a paean to a community’s coming together in a time of need.

Director & Producer to attend screenings

Producer: Macdara Kelleher, Brendan MacDonald, Bernard Michaux
Editor: Amine Jaber
Screenwriter: Ian Power
Cinematographer: P.J. Dillon
Music: Gast Waltzing
Principal Cast: Demián Bichir, Kerry Condon, James Cosmo, Jamie Kierans, John Carpenter
Filmography: The Wonderful Story of Kelvin Kind (2004)
Print Source: 6 Sales -

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