Tuesday 27 September 2016

International rights for Lenny Abrahamson's Room snapped up at Cannes

Published 19/05/2015 | 10:06

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Lenny Abrahamson's Room
Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Lenny Abrahamson's Room
Colin Farrell attends the after party for "The Lobster" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival
Lea Seydoux attends the Premiere of "The Lobster" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival
Colin Farrell attends the after party for "The Lobster" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival
(From L) French actress Ariane Labed, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, French actress Lea Seydoux, Irish actor Colin Farrell, British actress Rachel Weisz, British actor Ben Whishaw and British actress Jessica Barden pose as they arrive for the screening of the film "The Lobster" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival
Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell at the Cannes Film Festival promote their movie ‘The Lobster’. Shot in Dublin, Sneem and Kenmare, the Irish coproduction is a sci-fi romance which has taken film critics and festival veterans by surprise. Some are even tipping it to steal the Palme d’Or, the event’s top prize, next weekend
British actress Rachel Weisz (L) talks with Irish actor Colin Farrell as they arrive for the screening of the film "The Lobster" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival
Irish actor Colin Farrell promotes his new film, ‘The Lobster'
Irish actor Colin Farrell poses during a photocall for the film "The Lobster" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival

International rights to Lenny Abrahamson's 'Room' have sold out at Cannes.

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The film stars Brie Larson as a woman battling to give her five year old son (Jacob Tremblay) a childhood despite being caged in a ten foot by ten foot room, a room in which he was born and in which they remain held captive.

Also starring in the film, which was shot at Pinewood Studios and on location in Toronto and post-produced at Screen Scene in Dublin, are Sean Bridgers, Megan Park, Joan Allen and William H Macy.

Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international best-seller, Room.

FilmNation Entertainment have sold the rights to Universal in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Benelux, Scandinavia and LatAm as well as Studiocanal in the UK and distributors in Iceland, Greece, Poland, Canada, Australia, Japan and more.

Dublin-based Element Pictures produced the movie.

Another Irish film which made an impact at Cannes is The Lobster, which garnered rave reviews following its festival premiere on Saturday.

Featuring an impressive cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley, The Lobster is a blackly funny love story set in a near future where finding love is a matter of life or death.

Shot at Parknasilla in Co. Kerry in Spring 2014, it is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos.

Irish Audiences will have the chance to see The Lobster when it goes on release in the Autumn through Element Pictures Distribution.

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