First Feature Competition


Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
International Premiere


Director: Dathai Keane
Country: Ireland
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:35
Language: English, Irish
Producer: Pierce Boyce, Bríd Seoighe, Eileen Seoighe
Screenwriter: Dathaí Keane, Diarmuid de Faoite
DoP: Cathal Watters
Editor: Dermot Diskin
Music: Steve Lynch
Cast: Dara Devaney, Ned Dennehy, Diarmuid de Faoite, Fionnuala Gygax, Eoin Geoghegan
Production: Abú Media


Dathaí Keane is a TV and film director. He began his career as an editor before moving into directing and has directed a number of award-winning documentaries. His feature debut tells the story of a musician and puppeteer called Finky (played with warmth and kindness by Dara Devaney) who is stuck in a rot. This original Irish film is a full on attack on the senses, an electrified and confident debut, watching it is like taking a ride on a rollercoaster.

One night when Finky steals some cash and runs off to Scotland with his best friend, he vows to turn a new leaf, but things don’t quite work out that way. Finky has an accident and ends up in a wheelchair, he is ready to call it quits when a violent and avant-garde circus troupe recruits him as their newest member. From there on things get even crazier and the line between fantasy and reality becomes more and more blurred.

One thing’s for sure, you can’t run away from your past and Finky has to face his demons whether he wants to or not.

Dathai Keane’s first film is a psychological drama that talks about life and death and coming to terms with the past, it is a moving story that really comes alive on the big screen.

The film is in Irish and Gaelic and was shot in Galway and Glasgow.

Liisi Rohumäe


Dathai Keane began his career as an editor and worked for over a decade cutting projects for both TV and film. His first projects as writer and director were documentaries and he has written and directed a number of award-winning documentary series for Irish television. Dathaí was awarded the IFTA for Best Director Drama at the 2017 Irish and Film Television Awards for his work on the second season of "An Klondike". He has recently completed his first feature film, "Finky". The film was funded by Screen Ireland and premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2019 where it won the award for Best Cinematography.
Director's filmography: Finky (2019)
  • Dathai Keane

    Wed, November 27, 2019


    Kino Sõprus, Tallinn

    Screening code: 130906
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Dathaí Keane, Dara Devaney, Eileen Seoighe, Pierce Boyce, Brid Seoighe
    Screening duration: 02:05
    Language: English, Irish

    Thu, November 28, 2019


    Apollo Kino Solaris, Saal 4, Tallinn

    Screening code: 141204
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Dathaí Keane, Dara Devaney, Eileen Seoighe, Pierce Boyce, Brid Seoighe
    Screening duration: 01:35
    Language: English, Irish

    Sat, November 30, 2019


    Elektriteater, Tartu

    Screening code: 161805
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:35
    Language: English, Irish






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