Irish women from both sides of camera make Cannes debut
TWO young Irish women, one on each side of the camera, will make their debut at the most glamorous film festival of them all when Cannes opens tomorrow.
One of the talents is actress Eve Hewson, daughter of U2 frontman Bono. The other is director Rebecca Daly, who has become the first female Irish filmmaker selected to compete for the festival's prestigious Camera D'Or Award.
They are among an Irish contingent that also includes 16 Irish features, who will be hustling for business until the festival closes on May 22.
Last night, Louise Ryan of the Irish Film Board hailed the selection of Daly's 'The Other Side of Sleep' for the Director's Fortnight as "an amazing achievement" for the 31-year-old director.
Ms Ryan said Rebecca was "obviously a director to watch".
Shot on location in Offaly, Daly's thriller stars Antonia Campbell Hughes as Arlene, a chronic sleepwalker, increasingly drawn to the family of a murdered girl.
"For me personally it's really a dream come true to have my first feature selected for Cannes," the director said.
Meanwhile, Bono and his wife Ali are expected to play the proud parents at the world premiere of 'This Must Be the Place', in which their daughter Eve stars alongside Sean Penn.
The film, shot in Dublin and the US last year, casts Penn as a fading rock star who embarks on a journey to confront a Nazi who persecuted his father.
Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Hollywood actor Judd Hirsch and Irish actor Simon Delaney also feature in the film alongside Eve (19), who plays a young Goth punk fan.
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, the film is in the running for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or. However, the film tipped to win is 'The Tree of Life', starring Brad Pitt.
As Woody Allen opens the festival with the screening of 'Midnight in Paris', the paparazzi will be scrutinising the film's star Carla Bruni for confirmation or otherwise of her rumoured pregnancy.
But the real action takes place behind the scenes and 120 Irish film industry professionals will be in the southern French town to make contacts and sell films.