The opening film of the festival is a ghost adventure called Extra Ordinary where a female driving instructor must subdue a supernatural power expanding across rural Ireland. This debut by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman playfully breaks down all genre boundaries, leaving behind an unprecedented comedic mess.

This opening film collected awards at many genre-specific sci-fi festivals. The following awards were received: 2019 Sitges – the Catalan IFFF: Audience Award; 2019 Trieste Science+Fiction Festival: Audience Award, Web Critics Award, Nocturno Nuove Visioni Award, Méliès d’argent Award; 2019 Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival: Audience Award, Best Feature Film; 2019 Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Irish Film; 2019 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF): Jury Prize; 2019 Galway Film Fleadh: Best Irish Feature Film.

Cliona Manahan, the Ambassador of Ireland to the Czech Republic, will personally attend the ceremonial opening in Lucerna on Tuesday 16 June at 7pm. Lukáš Rumlena will moderate the evening.


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