'Eden' to open Irish Film Festival

Tom Collins' "Kings" also set to screen at fest

Declan Recks' "Eden" has been selected to screen as the opening night film of the first Irish Film Festival of Los Angeles, which kicks off at the Clarity Theater in Beverly Hills on Oct. 2.

"Eden," starring Eileen Walsh and Aidan Kelly, is the portrait of a married couple that Eugene O'Brien adapted from his play of the same name.

The closing night special event on Oct. 5 will include two rare Irish silent films accompanied by a live orchestra with an original contemporary score composed by Eimear Noone, Irish film composer and conductor of the Los Angeles Ballet.

The festival will also screen Tom Collins' "Kings," the first Irish-language film ever submitted in the best foreign-language category for an Academy Award.

Other titles in the lineup include "Grandpa...Speak to Me in Russian," directed by Louis Lentin; "Shalom Ireland," directed by Valerie Lapin; "Learning Gravity" (aka "The Undertaking"), directed by Cathal Black; Barry O'Neill's "Dick Dickman P.I."; and Irvin Kershner's 1964 film "The Luck of Ginger Coffey."

The fest will also host a panel discussion entitled "Shooting the Green: Funding and shooting in the Republic of Ireland." The panel, which will focus on how to tap into Ireland's tax incentives for co-production, will include Jonathan Loughran, vp Irish Film Commission U.S.; film and television financing attorney Bill Grantham of Greenberg Traurig; and educator and producer Gabrielle Kelly.