Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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The Runway (The Runway)

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Ian Power / Feature Narrative / Ireland, Luxembourg / 2010 / 100 min / Color / HDCAM
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Based on a True Story, Drama, Family
Middle East Premiere


County Cork, Ireland 1983. "Nothin' ever happens around here," complains Paco, a nine-year-old boy raised by his well-meaning single mom. All that changes when late one evening he witnesses a small plane crash, encountering a dashing if somewhat dodgy Columbian aviator who speaks no English. The endearing villagers unite to help the flyer fix his plane and build a runway for his flight home, and in the process, Paco's life is changed forever. Loosely based on the true story of a South American pilot whose plane made an emergency landing on an Irish racecourse, this crowd-pleasing film reminds audiences that life-changing experiences always occur at the most unexpected moments.

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About the Directors

Graduating with first class honours and a Masters of Arts in Film in Dublin’s D.I.T. Aungier St. in 1999, Ian Power followed his graduation film with the 15-minute short film “Buskers,” which scooped first prize at a number of international film festivals.
He began directing commercials in 2001 and has won numerous awards for his work. Previous clients include BT, The National Lottery, RTE, Axa, Invest NI, and Three Mobile. In 2004 he won a Short Cuts Award to make “The Wonderful Story of Kelvin Kind,” which was picked up by Warner Bros. for a nationwide theatrical release in January, 2005. In April, the film won Best Short Drama at The Celtic Film & Television Festival in Cardiff. In 2009, Power wrote and directed “The Runway,” his first feature-length film starring Demian Bichir, Kerry Condon, and James Cosmo. “The Runway” premiered at The Galway Film Fleadh in 2010 and picked up the award for Best Irish Feature.


Ian Power
Ian Power
Brendan McDonald, Macdara Kelleher
Amine Jaber
Production Designer
Ray Ball
Gast Waltzing
P.J. Dillon
Kerry Condon, Demian Bichir, James Cosmo

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