Monday 1 May 2017

Irish co-production The Lobster wins prestigious prize in Cannes

Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell at the Cannes Film Festival promote their movie ‘The Lobster’.
Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell at the Cannes Film Festival promote their movie ‘The Lobster’.

Irish co-production 'The Lobster' has netted the prestigious Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The black comedy, which stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, was filmed in Co Kerry last year and received funding from the Irish Film Board.

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Shot in Dublin, Sneem and Kenmare, Lobster is a sci-fi romance which has taken film critics and festival veterans by surprise.

Lea Seydoux attends the Premiere of
Lea Seydoux attends the Premiere of "The Lobster" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival

It got rave reviews from critics at Cannes and yesterday scooped the Jury Prize - the biggest coup for the Irish at the festical since Ken Loach's 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' won the top prize the Palme D'Or in 2006.

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys congratulated the film's Irish producers Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, and described the win as "another boost for the Irish film industry."

Colin Farrell attends the after party for
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
(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
Irish actor Colin Farrell poses during a photocall for the film
Irish actor Colin Farrell poses during a photocall for the film "The Lobster" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival

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