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Daly's 'The Other Side of Sleep' for Cannes Directors Fortnight
19 Apr 2011 :
The Other Side of Sleep
‘The Other Side of Sleep’, the feature film debut from Irish director Rebecca Daly has been chosen to screen as part of the prestigious Directors Fortnight selection at the Cannes Film Festival (11 – 22 May). With the selection Daly has become the first female Irish filmmaker selected to compete for the festival’s Camera D'Or award.

The thriller, stars IFTA/IFB rising star nominee, Antonia Campbell Hughes (Bright Star) and Sam Keeley and tells the story of Cambell Hughes’ Arlene; A sleepwalker since childhood, Arlene works in the local factory of the small Irish rural town she grew up in. When a young woman is found dead in the woods, Arlene immediately channels her own mother’s disappearance, twenty years ago. Increasingly drawn to the girl’s family - her accused boyfriend and grieving sister, Arlene barricades herself in at night, depriving herself of sleep. Deep in emotional turmoil, her sleeping and waking realities soon blur, as the community searches to find the killer.

Director Rebecca Daly commented on the selection of her film, saying: “I feel very lucky to have been able to make this film. It was an incredible experience and an extremely challenging journey, so it's really amazing to be able to celebrate everyone's hard work with a premiere at such a prestigious festival. For me personally it's really a dream come true to have my first feature selected for Cannes.”

The feature’s producers, Morgan Bushe (Colony) and Macdara Kelleher (The Runway) voiced their delight saying at Rebecca’s achievement, noting a first for female Irish filmmakers: “Rebecca Daly is the first female Irish director to compete for the prestigious Camera D'Or, awarded to the Best First Feature,” a joint statement from the pair explains. ”And Fastnet Films are extremely proud to be a part of this.”

‘The Other Side of Sleep’ will compete for the festival’s The Caméra d'Or award which is presented to the best first feature film presented to one of the films shortlisted at the Cannes’ Official Selection, Director's Fortnight or International Critic's Week. The prize, created in 1978 by Gilles Jacob, is awarded during the Festival's Closing Ceremony by an independent jury and Ireland enjoyed a win in 2008 with Steve McQueen’s ‘Hunger’. Rebecca is the first female Irish filmmaker to compete for the debut feature award.

Supporting cast in the film includes Vicky Joyce, Gina Moxley (The Butcher Boy), Olwen Fourere (Space Truckers), Finian Robbins, Cathy Belton (Intermission) and Aaron Monaghan (Ella Enchanted). ‘The Other Side of Sleep’ is written by Glenn Montgomery (Joyriders) and Rebecca Daly (Hum). Director of photography is IFTA winner Suzie Lavelle (One Hundred Mornings). The film shot in March 2010 in several Irish locations including Tullamore, Clara, Port Arlington, Geashill and Ballycommon.

The selection of the film for the Directors Fortnight competition follows on from previous Irish participating features including Lenny Abraham’s ‘Garage’ and Alicia Duffy’s ‘All Good Children’ which was selected for last year’s competition. Rebecca Daly made her IFTA winning first short film, ‘Joyriders’ in 2007. Her latest short, ‘Hum’ was selected as one of the finalists for the Berlin Today Award 2010. In 2008, Daly was selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation Résidence du Festival in Paris where she developed and wrote ‘The Other Side of Sleep’.

Element Films also recently saw their 2010 co-production, ‘This Must be the Place’ chosen to compete at Cannes. The festival will take place from the 11th-22nd May. For more information visit www.festival-cannes.com/

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