The Runway

Ireland, Luxembourg 2010

Director: Ian Power; screenplay: Ian Power; cinematography: P.J. Dillon; editing: Amine Jaber; production design: Ray Ball; producers: Macdara Kelleher, Brendan McDonald, Bernard Michaux; production companies: Fastnet Films, Lucil Films; Irish location: Co. Cork; duration: 95’.

Cast: Demian Bichir, Kerry Condon, James Cosmo, Jamie Kierans, John Carpenter, Bruno Bichir, Pat Laffan, Donnacha Crowley.



The Runway is inspired by the true story of a South American pilot who crashed his plane in a field near Mallow, Co.Cork in 1983. Against all odds, the people of the town came together to build a runway to get him home and briefly caught the imagination of the nation. The film is seen through the eyes of nine-year-old Paco who believes his absent father is Spanish and working as a NASA astronaut.


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