The Runway

Director: Ian Power

Ireland/Luxembourg • 2010 • 101 mins

Nine-year-old Paco lives alone with his mother in rural Ireland. Believing his father to be Spanish, he starts to teach himself the language. So when a plane comes crashing down in the surrounding countryside, Paco understands some of what the Spanish-speaking pilot is saying and invites him home. As the pilot wants to return home, the locals all get together to repair his plane and build a runway, spurred on by the local wily mayor who sees a PR opportunity in the endeavour. Great performances and lots of laughs in this warm tale of community with a bit of fantasy, based on a true story.

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