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Four more Irish features selected for Sundance including world premieres for ‘Sing Street’ and ‘Love & Friendship’
09 Dec 2015 : Seán Brosnan
John Carney’s ‘Sing Street’ will make its’ world premiere at the festival
Four more Irish features have been announced to screen at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: ‘Sing Street’ from John Carney, Whit Stillman’s period drama ‘Love & Friendship’, the acclaimed ‘Viva’ directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Mark O’Halloran and ‘The Lobster’ from Yorgos Lanthimos. Short film 'A Coat Made Dark' has also been selected to screen.

With these films joining the previously-announced ‘Mammal’ and ‘The Land of the Enlightened’, a total of six Irish features will screen at the festival, with all films being funded by the Irish Film Board.

The world premiere will take place of the eagerly awaited musical drama ‘Sing Street’. A musical written and directed by John Carney (Once, Begin Again), Sing Street stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Aidan Gillen. The film is produced by Martina Niland, Anthony Bregman, Paul Trijbits, Christian Grass and John Carney and production companies are Cosmo Films, Likely Story, Filmwave. It was funded by the IFB and Merced Media Partners and will be released to Irish and UK cinemas on March 18th.

‘Love & Friendship’ also receives its world premiere at the festival. Based on the novel ‘Lady Susan’ by Jane Austen, it reunites Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny with director Whit Stillman with whom they previously collaborated on ‘The Last Days of Disco’. Set in the 1790s, ‘Love and Friendship’ follows the machinations of the beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon, who seeks refuge from rumour and gossip about her dalliances and plots new conquests at the estate of her in-laws. It was produced by Katie Holly, Whit Stillman and Lauranne Bourrachot. Production companies were Blinder Films, Westerly Films, Chic Films and Revolver Amsterdam. It was funded by IFB, Arte France Cinema, Protagonist Pictures, Netherlands Film Fund, Soficinema 11 and Cineimage 10.

‘Viva’ premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in September to great acclaim. Directed by Paddy Breathnach (I Went Down) and written by Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul), it is executive produced by Benicio Del Toro. It is Ireland’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The film follows Jesus, an eighteen-year-old Cuban is lost and struggling to realize his true identity. Unsure of himself or his future direction, he works at a local Havana drag club where he entertains dreams of becoming a performer whilst earning his money through hustling. The film stars Hector Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Mark O’Halloran and Laura Alemán and is supported by the Irish Film Board, Windmill Lane Pictures, RTÉ and Treasure Entertainment. It is produced by Robert Walpole and Rebecca O'Flanagan (both of Treasure Entertainment), Cathleen Dore and Nelson Navarro Navarro of Island Films.

‘The Lobster’ premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it was the winner of the Jury Prize. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou, ‘The Lobster’ is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules. The film was produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender. ‘The Lobster’ is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with Irish finance for the film from the Irish Film Board.

'A Coat Made Dark' is a short film written and directed by Jack O'Shea, a graduate of the National Film School at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT). The animation is about a man who follows the orders of a dog to wear a coat with impossible pockets. It was produced by Damien Byrne (a lecturer in animation at IADT) for STILL Films LTD and features the voices of Hugh O'Connor, Declan Conlon and Antonia Campbell Hughes. It was funded by the Irish Film Board under the Frameworks short film scheme and will also screen at Clermont Ferrand.

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 21st to 31st 2016 in Park City, Utah.

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