The Galway Film Fleadh has announced that two new Irish features, the Olivia Colman-starring Joyride and the Gaelic football drama Lakelands, will receive their world premieres at the festival in July.

Joyride, directed by Emer Reynolds (Phil Lynott: Songs for While I'm Away, The Farthest), will open the festival on Tuesday 5 July.

Billed as "a feel-good, foul-mouthed fairy-tale", Joyride tells the story of Joy (Olivia Colman), "a complicated woman struggling with motherhood who finds herself on the run with Mully (newcomer Charlie Reid), a troubled adolescent with a mum-shaped void in his life".

Lakelands, the feature debut of co-directors Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney, will screen at the Fleadh on Saturday 9 July.

It tells the story of Cian (Normal People's Éanna Hardwicke), "a young Gaelic footballer struggling to come to term with a career-ending injury after an attack on a night out".

Both Lakelands and Joyride will be released in cinemas later this year.

The Galway Film Fleadh runs from 5 to 10 July. The full programme will be announced shortly.

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