Colin Farrell flying the green flag at Toronto film festival
Published 20/08/2014 | 07:38
Hollywood hunk Colin Farrell will be traipsing down the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival for his new movie, Miss Julie.
Co-starring Jessica Chastain and shot in Fermanagh, it will receive its world premiere at the TIFF next month.
Set in 1890s Ireland, it centres on Chastain's seduction of her wealthy father's valet Jean, played by Farrell, which ignites a passionate affair between them.
The dalliance has potentially dire consequences for all of them, given the class structures at the time.
But it won't be the only Irish offering at the prestigious event, which is attended by many of the industry's biggest names.
An Irish-animated film 'Song of the Sea' (inset) will also have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The new feature was made by Kilkenny-based studio Cartoon Saloon, the same company which received an Oscar-nomination for The Secret of Kells.
Director Tomm Moore said he was "excited" about the screening.
He said the film had been a "labour of love" for many years for their team of artists in all five of its production studios.
"It is an honour to premiere it at such a prestigious festival," he said.
"I trust it will prove a great launch pad for the film internationally to animation fans and families who are looking for a film full of music, magic and myth."
James Hickey of the Irish Film Board said they were "very proud" that both Irish-made offerings had been selected for the film festival.
"Both films showcase the wide range of creative talent working in Ireland across animation and live action filmmaking. We believe that Song of the Sea has everything it takes to achieve similar success to the Secret of Kells which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film in 2010," he said.
Running from September 4-14, Colin Farrell will be in good company.
Other A-listers attending the Toronto event include Bill Murray, Kate Winslet, Denzel Washington, Robert Downey Jnr, Reese Witherspoon and Al Pacino.