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Rialto to World Premiere at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival
26 Jul 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in Rialto.
Irish film Rialto, based on Mark O’Halloran’s play 'Trade', has been selected for the 76th Venice International Film Festival.

Directed by Scottish director Peter Mackie Burns, the make its world premiere in the Orizzonti strand of the prestigious festival.

Rialto stars Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War), Tom Glynn-Carney and Monica Dolan, and follows a middle-aged Dublin docklands worker, Colm (Vaughan-Lawlor), as he begins a relationship with Jay (Glynn-Carney), a young male prostitute, and his life and psyche unravel.

Colm is in his mid-forties, married, with two teenage children. Still grieving the death of his father, a destructive figure in his life, Colm struggles with his relationship to his own son, whilst at work, a recent takeover threatens his job. Unable to share his vulnerability with his wife, Colm’s world is falling apart around him. In the midst of this crisis, Colm solicits sex from a young man called Jay. This encounter and his growing infatuation have a deep effect on Colm.

Speaking about the selection, producers Alan Maher and John Wallace for Cowtown Pictures said:

“We are thrilled to be premiering Rialto in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival. For Mark O’Halloran to have trusted us to bring his remarkable screenplay to the screen gives us an enormous sense of pride. Helping to realise the directorial vision of the prodigiously gifted Peter Mackie Burns has been very rewarding, as has been collaborating closely with Tristan Goligher and Valentina Brazzini from the Bureau. We had amazing talent working across all departments on Rialto, including a wonderful cast led by the fiercely committed Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and we are very much looking forward to sharing this work with audiences next month.”

Mark O’Halloran added:

"I am thrilled and excited that Rialto will be premiering at such a prestigious festival. This is a film I am very proud of and I believe it is a testament to the talents of all those involved. It will be such an honour to have our first screening at Venice. Very special thanks to Screen Ireland and the BFI too."

Rialto is produced by Alan Maher and John Wallace for Cowtown Pictures, as well as Tristan Goligher and Valentina Brazzini for The Bureau. Financed by Screen Ireland, the BFI and The Bureau, with The Bureau acting as sales agent.

The 2019 Venice International Film Festival will take place 28 August – 7 September. 

Click here for more information about the Orizzonti strand and line-up.




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