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Friday 30 September 2016

Irish language short film set for Cannes

Irish language musical Bonsoir Luna for Cannes Michael David McKernan plays street artist Duke and Hilary Bowen Walsh, an up and coming theatre actress plays Luna.
Irish language musical Bonsoir Luna for Cannes Michael David McKernan plays street artist Duke and Hilary Bowen Walsh, an up and coming theatre actress plays Luna.

A new Irish-language, musical short film is set to represent Ireland at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival next month.

The musical is called Bonsoir Luna and tells the story - told through songs in Irish - of Duke, a street artist, and Luna, a blind barista, who fall in love.

However, it seems that Duke hasn't won over his potential mother-in-law Paula, who distrusts his motives, so he has to get all the street artists together from around George's Arcade to prove otherwise.

The film was shot in Dublin and Trinity College student Michael David McKernan plays street artist Duke and Hilary Bowen Walsh, an up and coming theatre actress, plays Luna.

Both of the leads are fluent in Irish but Grainne Boyle, who plays Luna's disapproving mum, had to learn Irish for the role.

The short film was written and directed by Donncha Gilmore and he explained his girlfriend was the inspiration for the film's name.

"I had written the outline for a film with this character called Luna in it," he explained. "Then, one night, on a full moon, my girlfriend asked me if I had ever read Bonsoir Lune as a kid and handed me the very same hand-drawn kid's book.

"I thought the name was so catchy that I decided to use it even though it was a different language from the film."

The cast are incredibly excited that the short film will be screened as part of the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner and they are hoping it will be well received.

"We are all so excited that the film is going to Cannes, it's huge for us," producer PJ Moloney said. "We'd like to thank the Arts Council's Youth Ensemble Scheme for the funding."

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