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The Irish at Cannes 2015
13 May 2015 : Seán Brosnan
‘The Lobster’ will screen in competition
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival kicks off today with the Irish once again fielding a very strong contingent at the globally renowned event.

As IFTN previously reported, Yorgos Lanthimos’s ‘The Lobster’, a blackly funny love story starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, will have its world premiere at this year’s 68th Cannes Film Festival, screening in Official Competition. The film was shot at Parknasilla in Co Kerry in Spring 2014 and co-produced by Element Pictures who will also distribute in Ireland later this year.

The screening times and venues of ‘The Lobster’ are as follows:

  • May 15th at 8.30 screening at Lumiere
  • May 15th at 10.30pm at Lumiere
  • May 16th, 11.15am at Salle Du 60eme
  • May 17th, at 6.00pm at Olympia 1
  • May 18th at 9.45am at Olympia 5
  • May 22nd at 9.30am at Olympia 1

Speaking on The Lobster’s selection to the Cannes Film Festival, IFB CEO James Hickey said: 'Films such as The Lobster prove that films developed and produced by an Irish company can proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with the very best in the world. With a brilliant cast including Colin Farrell and the magnificent backdrop of county Kerry, Yorgos Lanthimos has crafted a remarkable film which is certain to be enjoyed by audiences around the world.'

Gerard Barrett’s IFTA-nominated film ‘Glassland’ will be screening at the Cannes Festival Market on May 15th at 11.30am in Palais D. Mark Noonan’s ‘You’re Ugly Too’ starring Aiden Gillen will be screening on May 13th at 5.30pm at Palais F and will have a second screening on May 19th at 9.30am at Palais H. The Oscar and IFTA-nominated ‘Song of the Sea’, directed by Tomm Moore, will also be screening – on May 15th at 9.30am in Olympia 6.

Other Irish titles screening this year include Michael Madsen’s documentary ‘The Visit’, screening on May 17th at 9.30am at Star 3, Corin Hardy’s horror film ‘The Hallow’, showing on May 15th at 9.30am at Arcades 1. Terry McMahon’s ‘Patrick’s Day’ (nominated for nine IFTA’s) will screen on May 14th at 3.30pm at Palais B while Tobi Baumann’s ‘Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails’ will have two screenings showing on May 15th at 7.30pm at Riviera 4 as well as May 17th at 11.30am at Riviera 2.

Vivienne deCourcy’s ‘Dare To Be Wild’ will screen on May 19th at 9.30am at Gray 2 while Petri Kotwica’s ‘Absolution’ will be showing on May 18th at 10am at Riviera 3. David Keating’s ‘Cherry Tree’ will screen on May 17th at 2pm at Olympia 6.

The Irish also have an exciting slate of titles selling at this year’s festival which include Whit Stillman’s period drama ‘Love & Friendship’ which is currently in post-production, John Crowley’s ‘Brooklyn’, which premiered to rave reviews earlier this year at Sundance, Stephen Bradley’s IFTA-nominated biopic ‘Noble’, Ivan Kavanagh’s acclaimed horror film ‘The Canal’ which is in Irish cinemas now and animated film ‘Two By Two….Oops The Ark Is Gone’ which is also currently showing in Irish cinemas.

Other Irish films selling include John Carney’s highly anticipated ‘Sing Street’, Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Room’ and Billy O Brien’s ‘I Am Not A Serial Killer’ which are all currently in post-production.

Other Irish titles selling include:

  • Lisa Mulcahy’s ‘The Legend Of Longwood’
  • Kim Farrant’s ‘Strangerland’
  • Mary McGuckian’s ‘The Price Of Desire’
  • Loic Jourdain’s ‘A Turning Tide In The Life Of Man’
  • Rebecca Daly’s ‘Mammal’
  • Brian O’ Malley’s ‘Let Us Prey’
  • Fiona Tan’s ‘History’s Future’

As they have done successfully every year, the Irish Film Board will once again host the Irish Pavilion, which is the focal point for the Irish film industry at the Cannes Film Festival. Opening hours and more details are available here. For the 2015 festival, the Irish Pavilion will be located in the International Village, stand 116. A number of the IFB staff will be present at Cannes and are available to contact at the Pavilion or be email (see more details here).

As well as the IFB, a large number of Irish producers, writers, directors and other industry delegates will be heading to Cannes this year. A full list of attendees is available to download on the IFB page here.

Up and coming Irish producer Juliette Bonass will also represent Ireland at the Cannes Film Festival as part of European Film Promotion's ‘Producer on the Move’ scheme.

Ireland will also be represented at the Cannes Film Festival by talent including Michael Fassbender ('Frank') and Jack Reynor ('Glassland'), who star in a new adaptation of Macbeth, in addition to Gabriel Byrne ('Quirke') who stars in 'Louder Than Bombs'.

See the Marché Du Film website for more information on the International Village.




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