Irish feature, ‘Charlie Casanova’, independently produced, written and directed by Terry McMahon is to have its European premiere at the ÉCU European Independent Film Festival. The event will showcase 77 films from 26 countries from 1 – 3 April in Paris.
The film, which has now received funding from the Irish Film Board, stars Emmett Scanlan (The Guards), Leigh Arnold (The Clinic), Damien Hannaway (The Guards), Ruth McIntyre (Shackled), Tony Murphy, Valeria Bandino (The Doppleganger) and Johnny Elliott. Writer, producer and director Terry McMahon describes the film as: "the story of a ruling class sociopath who knocks down a working class girl in a hit-and-run and uses a deck of playing cards to determine his fate". ‘Charlie Casanova’ shot in Dublin in January 2010 with Eoin Macken (Christian Blake) as director of photography and it was edited by Tony Kearns (Last Night).
The ÉCU European Independent Film Festival looks to be at the centre of discovery, promotion and projection of the best independent filmmaking talent from around the world. Organisers aim to showcase filmmakers whose films demonstrate quality, innovation and independence in both form and content.
‘Charlie Casanova’ is the only Irish film to be selected for the ÉCU 2011 festival and its European Premiere will take place just two weeks after its World Premiere on March 13th at the International Film Festival in Austin, Texas where it is the first non-American film to be selected in six years for the Narrative Feature Competition and the first Irish film ever selected.
Reacting to the ÉCU European Independent Film Festival selection, Terry McMahon commented that: “Having adored so much French cinema, to be screening Charlie Casanova on the Boulevard du Montparnasse is incredible because the ghosts of all the French movies I love are on those streets and we are honoured to be having the European Premiere of Charlie Casanova in such a vital and cinema literate city.”
For more information about the 2011 ÉCU European Independent Film Festival line-up visit www.ecufilmfestival.com