29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th – 16th July 2017
“Loving Lorna is a tender and lucid coming-of-age story, in the best tradition of […] social realism.”
— Hot Docs
Ireland has long had a powerful relationship with horses. The importance of horses to urban children in particular cannot be underestimated. In Pony Kids Jonathan Cape wrote: “There is a vacuum in their lives where education, ambition and hope should be. For many the choice is stark – drugs or crime versus horses”. This crucial relationship is explored in these three films from across Europe which bring unique perspectives on the phenomenon of Dublin’s urban cowboys and girls.
Loving Lorna: Lorna’s unemployed father finds purpose in daily life by caring for his horses, while her sick mother wistfully remembers the days when she used to turn heads as she galloped through the town and fields. Lorna takes the horses out to graze on empty lots and dreams about becoming a farrier. However, things might not turn out as planned. This is a poetic coming-of-age film, a story of longing, hope, happiness and horses.
Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival
Duration 103min (60 + 30 + 13)
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Urban Cowboys: an Irish neighbourhood plagued by poor prospects, a troubled, mercurial kid illegally tames a wild horse he names after his recently deceased mother. Through their unlikely friendship he bares his unspeakable scars.
The director of Urban Cowboys will attend
Duration 30 minutes
In a part of Dublin known as the Liberties, there is a small community of rebel horse owners. And a few years ago, a travelling street musician who goes by the name, “The Musical Slave”, accidentally crashed her van into the wall of one of their urban horse yards – and out came a horse and a few boys. One of them brought her for a spin with a horse and two-wheeler, and from that day on she was hooked. She ended up buying her own horse and moving him into the yard…
Director Kristin Vollset
Co-directors Sean O´Connor & Ryan Brannigan
Featuring Ryan Brannigan, Sean O´Connor, Adam Ryan, Daniel McCarthy, Des O´Reilly, Jamie Byrne, Kristin Vollset
Company Up Your Hole Productions (a Norway-Ireland co-production)