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Irish Talent Screening At Toronto Film Festival
14 Aug 2008 :
Is There Anybody There?
Lance Daly’s Irish feature film ‘Kisses’ and the latest pic from IFTA and BAFTA winning Irish director John Crowley, ‘Is There Anybody There?’, have been selected for screening at the 33rd Toronto Film Festival 4th – 13th September.

‘Kisses’ will receive its North American premiere at the prestigious event in the festival's Vanguard strand which spotlights bold filmmakers that run ahead of the pack. Vanguard films are aimed towards adventurous audiences who delight in movies that push the envelopes of technology, culture, and sexuality, these edgy films have a distinct, youthful feel.

'Kisses' stars newcomers 12 year old Kelly O'Neill and Shane Curry as Kylie and Dylan, two young kids who decide to run away from their dysfunctional homes and spend a night on the streets of Dublin's inner city. Produced by Macdara Kelleher at Fastnet Films and funded from the IFB, ‘Kisses’ is scheduled for an Irish cinematic release later this year through Element Pictures.

Writer/director Lance Daly commented: "We are very excited to be chosen for Toronto. It's a great opportunity for the film to be invited to such an important event. It will also be a great experience for our two young stars to see where their hard work can lead them, that is if they get the time off school to attend..."

John Crowley’s ‘Is There Anybody There?’ will premiere among the special presentation selection alongside 20 other chosen films including Steven Soderbergh's ‘Che’ and Danny Boyle's ‘Slumdog Millionaire'.

In ‘Is There Anybody There?’ Crowley (Boy A, Intermission) directs Brit actor Michael Caine (The Dark Knight) and Irish actress Anne Marie Duff (Garage), and reunites with ‘Boy A’ cinematographer Rob Hardy for the film.

The film recounts the story of ten year-old Edward (Bill Milner), the son of a couple who run a retirement home. Edward becomes obsessed with what happens to the elderly after they die and strikes up a friendship with the Clarence (Caine) a retired magician. Duff (Garage) and David Morrissey (The Other Boleyn Girl) play Edward’s parents.

Written by Peter Harness (Heist), the film is a co-production between Big Beach Films (Little Miss Sunshine) and Heyday Films (Harry Potter).

It has also has been announced Crowley has signed on to direct the best selling ‘The Dogs of Babel’ for Mandate Pictures. The story centers on a professor who returns home one day to find his wife dead in their backyard and tries to uncover what happened from the only witness to the death – the couple’s dog.

Other Irish talents whose films will be screened at the TIFF festival include, Liam Neeson (Michael Collins) who stars in Richard Eyre's drama ‘The Other Man’. Neeson plays a husband obsessed with the secret affair his wife (Laura Linney) is having.

Oscar winning Irish actress Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) will star in ‘Stone of Destiny’ alongside Robert Carlyle (Angela's Ashes), which will be screened at the festival’s closing gala.

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