Sunday 25 September 2016

New Irish films to hit top international festivals Venice and Toronto

Published 30/07/2015 | 11:55

John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, and Colin Farrell in The Lobster
John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, and Colin Farrell in The Lobster
Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in Room
Richard Dormer and Paulino Chapko in 11 Minutes
Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz filming scenes for ‘The Lobster'

Several new Irish films will screen at the top film festivals in the world.

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Lenny Ambrahamson's Room will have its Canadian premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival while The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell, will also screen at the prestigious festival.

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.

International rights for the film sold out at Cannes earlier this year.

The Lobster, which will also screen at Toronto, has previously picked up the Jury Prize at Cannes and releases in Ireland on October 16.

The movie, which was filmed in Kerry, also stars British actress Rachel Weisz and is set in the future when people are forced to find love within 45 days to escape being arrested and transformed into animals.

The futuristic love story is Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos's first-ever English language project and it has received rave reviews from critics since the French film festival.

Castleknock native and Hollywood heartthrob Colin (38) had to make a dramatic transformation for his role in the film and gained 40lbs in the space of two months.

Also, Skolimowski's 11 Minutes will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, which runs from September 2 to September 12.

The film stars Richard Dormer in the lead role of a film director. It follows the same 11 minutes in the lives of several different characters from a variety of backgrounds.

All three films were produced by Element Pictures.

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