Green screen as the Irish take to the red carpet
The Irish took over the red carpet at Cannes last night as Colin Farrell led out the cast of ‘The Lobster’ for its premiere at the Palais du Festival.
Shot in Dublin, Sneem and Kenmare, the Irish co-production is a sci-fi romance which has taken film critics and festival veterans by surprise and is being tipped by some to steal the Palme d’Or, the event’s top prize, next weekend.
Made with finance from the Irish Film Board, the movie by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos tells the story of singletons who turn into animals if they don’t find love in 45 days.
As the sun went down on the Croisette last night, Colin Farrell and his co-stars Rachel Weisz, John C Reilly and Ben Whishaw were all on the red carpet to support the movie 12 months after filming together in Ireland.
Meanwhile, the excitement is building here for the arrival of Hollywood’s favourite Kerry man, the crowd-pulling Michael Fassbender.
A regular visitor to the town, the Oscar-nominated actor returns to the 68th Cannes Film Festival as the star of Justin Kurzek’s adaptation of ‘Macbeth’ which premieres here next Saturday.
It also stars Wicklow actor, Jack Reynor, who went from filming ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ to the role of Malcolm in ‘Macbeth’.
Next Saturday in Cannes will be the first time that Michael will actually see the finished movie and he has told film press here that he would “like to direct at some point”.
Another loquacious Dubliner attracting attention here is Gabriel Byrne, who stars in ‘Louder Than Bombs’ which is also competing.
In a sea of posters of Ingrid Bergman whose iconic face is up everywhere at the 68th Cannes Film Festival as they celebrate the centennial of her birth, the Irish are selling hard.
The white pavilion run by the Irish Film Board has surely the best pitch on the Plage du Festival, the first marquee beside the Palais du Festival, where all the key movies are screened and the stars hang out.
The Irish Film Board are selling 15 movies here including ‘The Legend of Longwood’, directed by Lisa Mulcahy, Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Room’, ‘Sing Street’ by John Carney, and ‘Brooklyn’ starring Saoirse Ronan.
Saoirse was the lead story in special Cannes edition of Variety with the news that she is to star with Annette Bening in a movie adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’.
Tonight, The Irish Film board are hosting a two-hour party at Long Beach, one of the private stretches of sand across from the necklace of glittering six-star hotels where all the top stars and movie companies are holed up for the festival, which runs for another week.
It will be a networking event and among those in attendance will be the board’s CEO, James Hickey, Teresa McGrane, deputy CEO and chairman of the board, Bill O’Herlihy. Other Irish names in town are Ed Guiney, producer on ‘The Lobster’ and Andrew Lowe, executive producer, both from Element Pictures.