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Three Irish Films Join Line-Up For Toronto Fest
2007/08/23 :
Tom Collins' ‘Kings’, Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Garage’ and Richard Attenborough’s ‘Closing the Ring’, all shot on location in Ireland, have been selected for the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, which takes place from the 6th-15th September.
‘Closing the Ring’, directed and produced by Oscar-winner Richard Attenborough, was filmed in Northern Ireland last year and will receive the red-carpet treatment at a Gala Screening on Friday 14th September. Attenborough will be in attendance along with Belfast-based producer Jo Gilbert and several cast members.

The film’s stellar cast includes Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine (In Her Shoes), Mischa Barton (The OC), Brenda Fricker (Inside I’m Dancing, Tara Road) and Pete Postlethwaite (The Omen, In the Name of the Father). It tells the tale of an American woman who honours a wartime promise of love with a lifetime of heartache until she discovers a gold ring that reawakens her. Belfast’s rising star Marty McCann also features.

Tom Collins’ ‘Kings’, a bilingual Irish/English film, will be screened as part of the Contemporary World Cinema category on the 12th September. The film, produced by Jackie Larkin and starring Colm Meaney (Intermission), portrays the isolation felt by long-term migrants who struggle to find a place to call home. It was funded by Northern Ireland Screen, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board, the Broadcast Commission of Ireland and TG4 and will reach Irish cinemas on 21st September.

Abrahamson’s award-winning ‘Garage’ will also screen as part of this strand. The film stars Irish actor/comedian Pat Shortt and features a cast which includes Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless, The Magdalene Sisters) and newcomer Conor J. Ryan.

‘Garage’ is produced by Ed Guiney and executive produced by Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures and co-financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, Film4, RTÉ and the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland.

Irish directors Neil Jordan and Terry George will also bring their work to the festival, with their films ‘The Brave One’ and ‘Reservation Road’ joining the line-up of Special Presentations.

Jordan’s thriller ‘The Brave One’ stars Oscar winning actress Jodie Foster and follows Foster’s character in the aftermath of a brutal attack which leaves her badly wounded and her fiancé dead. The film co-stars Terrence Howard (Hustle and Flow), Naveen Andrews (Lost) and Nicky Katt (Grindhouse).

‘Reservation Road’, written and directed by Terry George (‘Hotel Rwanda’). The drama revolves around two fathers whose families and lives tragically converge with the death of a child. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo, with Jennifer Connelly and Mira Sorvino in supporting roles.

Other projects from home grown talent include Dublin actor Stuart Townsend’s directorial debut ‘Battle in Seattle’, which will premiere in the Special Presentation programme.

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