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Seven Irish Projects Selected for Tribeca
22 Mar 2010 :
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Seven Irish projects have been selected to screen at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Amongst those selected are ‘Cairo Time’; ‘The Crush’, ‘My Brothers’; ‘Ondine’; ‘The Pool’; ‘Snap’ and ‘Zonad’. The festival will take place this year from April 21st to May 2nd.

The prestigious festival will see the world premieres of both ‘Snap’ from debut feature director and writer, Carmel Winters (writer, Odd Sock) and ‘My Brothers’ directed by Paul Fraser (Scummy Man) and written by William Collins. Both features will screen alongside ten other films as part of the festival’s World Narrative Competition which saw over 5,055 submissions. ‘Snap’ is a psychological drama about three generations of a family poised to repeat the mistakes of the past whereas ‘My Brothers’ looks at a road trip undertaken by brothers in a bid to replace their dying father’s prized wristwatch.

Following on from their respective IFTA wins Neil Jordan's ‘Ondine’ will screen in the Spotlight section and John and Kieran Carney's ‘Zonad’ will show in the Cinemania section of the festival. ‘Ondine’, a modern alternative fairytale sees a fisherman pull ashore a mysterious woman in his fishing net whereas ‘Zonad’ examines the arrival of questionable alien in a small Irish town.

Where short films are concerned, director Thomas Hefferon (Loose Change) will see his project ‘The Pool’ receive its world premiere when it screens in competition as part of the Narrative Shorts programme. The film explores the story of three teenage boys who break into their school. Michael Creagh’s ‘The Crush’ will also compete in the Narrative Shorts programme in its New York premiere. The film sees a fight for Miss Purdy’s affections between her boyfriend and a 2nd grade student called Ardal.

Finally Samson Films’ ‘Cairo Time’ will be shown as part of the Feature Narrative programme of the festival. The film is directed by Ruba Nadda (Sabah) and produced by David Collins (Once) and explores a cross-cultural love story where a husband and wife become separated in Cairo.

Simon Perry, Chief Executive Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board said "As the importance of the Tribeca festival grows, it is heartening to see more and more Irish films selected - and not only films from proven directors like Neil Jordan and John Carney but also work by newer names whose strength of voice the festival has been quick to recognise."

Originally founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro, the festival has grown to become one of the biggest film festivals in North America having screened over 1100 films from over 80 countries and attracting an international audience of more than 2.3 million attendees since its first festival. Irish films have had much success at the festival in recent years with ‘The Eclipse’, ‘Eden’ and ‘New Boy’ all previously picking up awards.

The Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 21st - May 2nd in Lower Manhattan, New York City.


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