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IFTN Caught Up with Producer Tim Palmer to Discuss ‘The Limit Of’ and securing a European Sales Agent
12 Dec 2017 : Nathan Griffin
Ahead of the IFTA screening next Monday, December 18th of Alan Mulligan’s ‘The Limit Of’ we caught up with Producer Tim Palmer who is delighted to announce that they have signed with a European Sales Agent, Sasha Wieser’s Vienna based East-West Distribution who will handle world sales.

“We met Sasha at the Galway Film Fleadh during the summer and he immediately came on board,” says Producer Tim Palmer (Patrick’s Day, Into the West).

The film has a strong European feel to it, in directing and cinematography, and we wanted somebody with that sensibility.  Alan’s directing style is influenced by European film makers and ‘The Limit Of’ has a similar visual style to Ryan Gosling’s film ‘Drive’ which was by Danish Director Nicolas Winding Refn. Both directors’ marry music and stark visuals in a classically simple way. Also, certain sequences within the film resemble the style of Oscar winning film ‘Armour’, by Austrian director Michael Haneke.

The Limit Of was made primarily by first time filmmakers. Tim went on to tell a little about what first attracted him to the film and sparked him to give his time to the project.

“The first time I saw the film was when sound designer Nikki Moss rang me saying you have to see this rough cut by a first timer. He said they were struggling with the edit and getting the film finished. There was something about the material that grabbed me. The two leads, Laurence O’Fuarain and Sarah Carrol both gave extraordinarily internalized performances which I really like – but the main thing for me was there was a sense of genuinely not knowing what was going to happen next – or who it was going to happen to!  That’s very rare.  I also really liked the style of the cinematography, which is a credit to DOP Daniel Balteanu.”

With roles in upcoming films such as Lance Daly’s ‘Black 47’ and ‘Don’t Go’ starring Stephen Dorf, which are due out in 2018, along with his leading role in ‘The Limit Of’, Laurence O’Fuarain is tipped by Alan Mulligan and Tim Palmer to be one of the Irish stars of the future.

Tim arranged to meet up with the Producer/Writer/Director Alan Mulligan. They spent 2 weeks in a holiday home in Foxford, Mayo working on the edit.

“Those 2 weeks editing was the most fun I’ve had on a film in a long time. We focused in on the heart of the story, which is essentially a very strange love story. The edit quickly started to come together. After that, the original score, the soundtrack, the grade and sound design started to fall into place and I think Alan’s vision emerged from the material. It’s a very accomplished first feature made on a small budget and everyone who worked on the film did an amazing job.”

Laurence O’Fuarain has recently signed with United Agents in the UK, who represent clients such as Tom Hardy and Eddie Redmayne. Stateside he has obtained representation with Authentic Talent and Literary Management in New York. His Agent here is Lorraine Brennan Management.

IFTA are hosting a member’s screening of ‘The Limit Of’ on Monday, December 18th as part of their pre-season screenings. It is in consideration for ‘Best Actor’ ‘Best Director’ ‘Best Screenplay’ ‘Best Film’ among others. 

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