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The Runway
by Ian Power (2010)

Comedy, Drama



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County Cork, Ireland 1983, and for nine-year-old Paco, “Nothin’ ever happens around here”. But all this suddenly changes when late one night he witnesses a plane crash just outside the village, and discovers Ernesto, the plane’s mysterious Colombian pilot who doesn’t speak a word of English. Determined to help him get his plane back in the air, Paco convinces the locals to rally together and build a runway to get Ernesto home - an endeavour that lifts the spirits of the entire village and changes Paco’s world forever. Inspired by the true story of a South American pilot who made an emergency landing on Mallow racecourse Co. Cork, in 1983.
Themes Adventure , Friendship , Human spirit
Year of production 2010
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The Runway