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Irish documentaries are awards contenders

1 of 1 Here Was Cuba tells the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962
Here Was Cuba tells the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962

Irish documentaries The Stranger and Here Was Cuba are in contention for awards in Switzerland and the UK respectively.

The Stranger will be among contenders at Critics' Week at the Locarno Film Festival next week, while Here Was Cuba is shortlisted for the UK's most prestigious documentary awards, the Grierson Awards, with the nominees set to be announced on September 16.

Directed by Neasa Ní Chianán for Soilsiú Films, The Stranger looks at the life and death of English artist Neal McGregor. He lived on Inishbofin without electricity, water or heating for eight years until his death in 1990 at the age of 44.

Directed by Emer Reynolds and John Murray and produced by Crossing the Line Productions, Here Was Cuba tells the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.

Ní Chianán said of The Stranger's invitation to Locarno: "For a company who always aspire to have a strong cinematic aesthetic in our films, the Locarno Film Festival could not be a better choice for our international premiere of The Stranger.

"Locarno is a truly European festival - the oldest on the continent - with a large media contingent with over 900 journalists attending. We hope it will give us the opportunity to create international sales for The Stranger, and to finance our next Irish Film Board and RTÉ-funded cinema documentary, In Loco Parentis."

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