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Black 47 and Irish Co-Pro Vita & Virginia to Screen alongside Rosie at TIFF
15 Aug 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Lance Daly’s famine thriller ‘Black 47’ and Chanya Button’s period drama, ‘Vita & Virginia’ will screen at TIFF following the news that Paddy Breathnach’s new film Rosie will receive its world premiere at the prestigious Canadian film festival.

‘Vita & Virginia’ and ‘Rosie’ will join John Butler’s ‘Papi Chulo’ in making their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, while ‘Black 47’ will feature as part of the Contemporary World Cinema Strand.

‘Black 47’, which goes on general release in Ireland on September 5th, closed the recent Galway Film Fleadh to great acclaim. Set during the Great Irish Famine, the thriller stars Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix), Jim Broadbent (Oscar® winner for Iris) and the prolific Irish screen and stage actor Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Michael Collins).  Joining them are rising international actors James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom, The Drop) and Freddie Fox (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) along with a strong young Irish cast including Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Moe Dunford (Michael Inside, Patrick’s Day) and Sarah Greene (Noble, Penny Dreadful).

The screenplay was written by PJ Dillon (Rewind), Pierce Ryan (Standby), Eugene O’Brien (Eden) and Lance Daly (Life’s a Breeze, Kisses).  Produced by Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films with Tim O’Hair, Arcadiy Golubovich and Jonathan Loughran, Black 47 was financed by Primemeridian Entertainment, the Irish Film Board, the Luxembourg Film Fund, Wildcard Distribution, Altitude, BAI, TV3, Eurimages, Umedia, Samsa Films and Fastnet Films.

‘Vita & Virginia’ marks the sophomore feature from up-and coming British director Chanya Button and is produced by Irish producer Katie Holly for Blinder Films alongside Evangelo Kioussis. An Irish/UK creative co-production, the film tells the true story of the relationship between the literary icon Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki) and socialite Vita (Gemma Arterton) in 1920’s London. When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. Vita and Virginia forge an unconventional affair and neither will be the same without the other.

‘Papi Chulo’, Vita & Virginia’, ‘Black 47’, and ‘Rosie’ were supported by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland.

Speaking about the TIFF selections, James Hickey, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland Chief Executive said:

“We are delighted to see such a diverse selection of Irish films screening in Toronto, in what marks another strong year for Irish creative filmmaking talent at the world-renowned festival. This year’s selections present a salient opportunity for audiences to look through the prism of Irish history as we see familial struggles of the Famine times in Black 47 poignantly echoed in Paddy Breathnach’s urgent image of contemporary Ireland in Rosie. TIFF provides a wonderful platform for these stories to reach global audiences and I would like to congratulate each of the filmmakers on this wonderful achievement.”

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6th – 16th, 2018.

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