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Irish Films Selected for Upcoming Film Festivals in Korea, London, Dinard, Luxenbourg & USA
12 Sep 2014 : Deirdre Molumby
'The Canal'
A number of Irish films have been chosen to screen at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and the BFI London Film Festival in October. ‘The Canal’, ‘Queen and Country’ and ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ will be shown at the BIFF in South Korea while ‘Queen and Country’ and ‘Song of the Sea’ will screen in London.

‘The Canal’ will screen as part of the BIFF’s Midnight Passion event. The film, written and directed by Ivan Kavanagh, was shot in Dublin and tells the story of David Williams and his wife, Alice, who move into a beautiful period house by the canal with their small child, Billy. As David begins to suspect that his wife is cheating on him, he also starts to have nightmarish visions of an evil presence he believes inhabits his home. 'The Canal' was financed by the IFB, FAW, Atlantic Screen Music and Egg Post Production. It will also screen at the upcoming Beyond Fest in LA.

‘Queen and Country’ and ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ will screen in the world cinema category. Released to strong reviews and box office in May 2014, ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ was directed by Ken Loach, written by Paul Laverty and produced in Ireland by Element Films. The film was officially selected at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Shot on location in Leitrim and Sligo, ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ tells the story of Jimmy Gralton, who set up a dance hall on a rural crossroads in a sharply divided Ireland.

‘Queen and Country’ was written and directed by John Boorman. The film is a sequel to Boorman’s 1987 Oscar-nominated film ‘Hope and Glory’. The film also stars Pat Shortt, Sinead Cusack, Callum Turner, David Thewlis and Richard E. Grant.

‘Song of the Sea’ is the second feature film from Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon. The animation is the studio’s follow-up to ‘The Secret of Kells’,which was highly acclaimed and nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Feature Film category in 2010. The film tells the story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. The film was directed by Tomm Moore, written by Moore and Will Collins and produced by Cartoon Saloon.

Now in its fifth edition, the British & Irish Film Festival will bring some of the latest films from the islands of Ireland and Britain to Luxembourg, with Ireland well represented with six films.

John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’, already one of the best reviewed and highest grossing Irish films of the year is a highlight. The film sees Brendan Gleeson plays a priest living in rural Sligo, whose life is turned upside down when he receives a death threat in the confessional. Another of the big local films is Stephen Bradley’s biopic ‘Noble’, the inspiring story of Irish children’s rights campaigner Christina Noble, who founded an organisation which seeks to help children in Vietnam and Mongolia.

The Daniel Radcliffe starring ‘What If’, is a lovely romantic comedy centred on a guy stuck firmly in the friend zone with Zoe Kazan. It was partially set in Dublin and co-produced with Canada. Mockumentary ‘The Light of Day’ which follows a film crew trying to make a horror film, and romantic comedy ‘Poison Pen’, which sees Lochlann O’Mearain and Aoibhinn McGinnity play author and editor locked in a battle of wills and wiles, will also screen. Irish language feature ‘An Bronntanas’, a contemporary thriller set against the background of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara, will be shown also.

Next, Lenny Abrahamson’s feature ‘Frank’ will compete at the 25th Dinard British Film Festival against ‘’71’, ‘Catch Me Daddy’, ‘Lilting ou la Délicatesse’, ‘The Goob’ and ‘Riot Club’. The quirky comedy sees a struggly musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson’) join an eccentric band lead by a man who wears a papier mache head (Michael Fassbender).

Most recently announced, 'Patrick’s Day' is to screen at Mill Valley Film Festival, California. Terry McMahon's feature recently won the Screen Director’s Guild Finders Series Award and Best Irish Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh (sharing with Gerard Barrett’s 'Glassland'). The film explores the consequences of an intimate relationship between a mentally ill young man and a suicidal air-hostess. It will be shown on Octover 5th and 7th of the festival.

The 2014 Busan International Film Festival is a major gateway to the Asian film market and will take place from October 2nd to 11th while the BFI London Film Festival will be held from October 8th to 19th. The 5th annual British & Irish Film Festival takes place between Wed 24 September 2014 and Tue 7 October 2014. Finally, the 25th Dinard British Film Festival takes place 8-12 October.

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