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‘Frank’ to Screen at SXSW Film Festival
11 Feb 2014 : Aisling Newton
Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Frank’ is Austin bound to play at SXSW (South by SouthWest) festival in March.

Following on from its world premiere, US Distribution deal and critical acclaim last month at the Sundance Film Festival, ‘Frank’ will now screen as part of the Festival Favourites strand, which showcases acclaimed standouts and previous premieres.

The SXSW festival presents the best in new independent music and film every year in Austin. This year’s film festival will run from March 7th – 15th.

‘Frank’ was filmed in Ireland and the US and utilised the tax incentive Section 481 in addition to Irish Film Board investment. It was produced by Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee. Executive producers for the film are Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler, Andrew Lowe and Nigel Williams. ‘Frank’ is an Element Pictures/Runaway Fridge production for Film4, BFI, Protagonist Pictures and the Irish Film Board.

The comedy is about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). The film is written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats). Music is by regular Abrahamson collaborator, Stephen Rennicks.

Other upcoming Element productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English language film, ‘The Lobster’, due to shoot in Spring 2014, ‘Glassland’, Gerard Barrett’s follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Pilgrim Hill’ starring Jack Reynor and Toni Collette, and ‘Room’, an onscreen adaptation of Emma Donaghue’s award-winning best-selling novel to be directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Element is also currently in post-production on Ken Loach's ‘Jimmy’s Hall’, a co-production with Sixteen Films.

‘Frank’ will be released by Element Distribution in Ireland May 2014.

Watch an official clip for ‘Frank’ below:

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