Demian Bichir crash-lands into 'Runway'

Irish indie film is directed by Ian Power

Fidel Castro is heading to Ireland. Demian Bichir, who most recently appeared as the Cuban leader in Steven Soderberg's "Che" biopics for IFC, is starring in the Irish indie feature "The Runway." Commercials and short-film director Ian Power wrote the script and is directing the drama in County Cork.

The film is based on the true story of a South American pilot who crashed near a town in Cork in 1983. The townspeople came together to build a runway to get the pilot home and briefly inspired the nation.

Kerry Condon ("Rome") and Jaime Kierans co-star.

Macdara Kelleher of Fastnet Films is producing with Brendan McDonald. Bernard Michaux will co-produce. The Irish Film Board and the Luxembourg Film Fund are co-financing the picture.

Bichir, repped by UTA and manager Sekka Scher, is a regular on Showtime's "Weeds." He has appeared in the features "Don't Tempt Me," "In the Time of the Butterflies" and "Perdita Durango."
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