News ID: 212837
Published: 0300 GMT April 07, 2018

Oscar contender 'Song of Granite' to compete in 2018 FIff

Oscar contender 'Song of Granite' to compete in 2018 FIff

The drama 'Song of Granite' by Pat Collins, about the life of folk singer Joe Heaney, which was Ireland's selection for best foreign-language film at the 2018 Academy Awards, will be screened in the International Competition category of this year's Fajr International Film Festival (FIff).

Collins' retracing of the colorful journey of the sean-nós singer is poetic, innovative and a treat to all lovers of Irish folk music. In order to tell the story of sean-nós (old style) singer Joe Heaney, the director blends a documentarian's attachment to authenticity with a poet's flair for innovation and unconventional storytelling, fajriff.com reported.

Enigmatic and complex, Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing (sean-nós). Shaped by the myths, fables, and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost.

Featuring performances from Colm Seoighe, Macdara Ó Fátharta, Jaren Cerf, Lisa O'Neill, Damien Dempsey, and sean-nós singers Mícheál Ó Chonfhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin, and beautiful black and white cinematography, 'Song of Granite' is a distinct portrait of Heaney's life and a marvelous exploration of music and song.

With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film celebrates the music Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man. His first fiction feature is 'Silence' (2012) that attended Dublin International Film Festival 2012 and Irish Film and Television Awards 2013. 'Song of Granite' (2017) is winner of Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature (Richard Kendrick) in Galway Film Festival 2017.

Presided over by Iranian film writer and director Reza Mirkarimi, the 36th FIff will take place from April 19-27 at Charsou Cineplex in Tehran.

   
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