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Sofa so good: Irish film about furniture picks up top award at Sundance festival

Claire Murphy

Published 23/01/2013 | 13:06

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Directer Tony Donoghue

IT seems an unlikely subject for a movie but and an Irish film about country furniture has won big in the US.

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Irish Folk Furniture picked up an award for best animation at Robert Redford’s prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

The short film uses stop motion photography mixed with commentary from rural dwellers.

The film was among 65 selected from over 8,000 to screen at the Utah festival.

Irish Folk Furniture tells the stories behind old traditional dressers, flour bins, chairs and tables.

It follows the repairing and recycling of traditional furniture.

Flour bins were created as a security against mice in farmhouses.

“We found this film full of life and told with simplicity” Mike Farah, president of production for Funny or Die said as he presented the award for the Sundance Jury,

The film was directed by Tony Donoghue who said that he was taken aback by the award in Utah.

“This is a bit of a surprise,” Mr Donoghue told the Evening Herald.

Irish Film Board chief executive James Hickey congratulated the winners.

“Sundance is one of the most prestigious and competitive film festivals in North America,” he said.

“Tony is a very talented filmmaker and we are delighted to see him receive the international recognition he deserves for his short film.”

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