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Berlin Hidden Gem: 'Black 47' Turns History Into a Thriller

Berlin Hidden Gem: 'Black 47' Turns History Into a Thriller
Finding a cinematic route into of one the bleakest periods in a country’s history is no easy feat, which may be why Black 47 is the first film set during Ireland’s devastating famine of the mid-19th century.

“It’s sort of the most important single moment in Irish history, and one of the darker chapters in the history of the relationship between Britain and Ireland,” says director Lance Daly, known for the 2008 award-winning coming-of-age drama Kisses. “So it’s amazing that another filmmaker hasn’t tackled it before.”

The Great Famine (also known as the Great Hunger or, for those outside the...
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Shoot underway on 'Black 47' starring Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent

Shoot underway on 'Black 47' starring Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent
The Irish famine drama also stars Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox.

Production has commenced on Irish famine drama Black 47 starring Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge) and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent (Iris).

The eight-week shoot will take place in Connemara, Kildara and Wicklow.

Black 47 is directed by Lance Daly, whose previous films include Life’s A Breeze and Kisses. Daly teamed with Pj Dillon (Rewind), Pierce Ryan (Standby) and Eugene O’Brien (The Flag) to write the screenplay.

Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger named Feeney, who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, Feeney is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalisation of his people and his family.

When Feeney sets on a destructive path to avenge his kin, an ageing British soldier is sent to stop him before
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Prince bio-doc, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals

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Prince bio-doc, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals
Exclusive: Emilia Clarke and Noel Clarke thrillers also among titles to secure German deals.

Swiss distributor Ascot Elite Entertainment Group has finalised rights to a string of high-profile independent titles for German-speaking Europe.

The company’s Afm haul includes all rights to a new documentary biopic about iconic musician Prince from Us sales outfit 13 Films

Directed and produced by Michael Kirk (Find Your Groove), Prince: R U Listening? is set to chart the musician’s early years and rise to super-stardom as seen through the eyes of his bandmates, friends and family including Dez Dickerson, Prince’s first guitar player and Andre Cymone, Prince’s close friend and original bassist.

Contributors will also include Bono, Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz and Sheila E. The film is due to be relesed in Q2, 2017.

Also from 13 Films, the company picked up completed mystery-thriller Voice From The Stone, starring Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones), Marton Csokas (The Equalizer) and Caterina Murino
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Prince doc-biopic, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals

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Prince doc-biopic, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals
Exclusive: Ascot Elite’s Afm haul also includes Emilia Clarke and Noel Clarke thrillers.

Ascot Elite Entertainment Group has finalised rights to a string of high-profile independent titles for German-speaking Europe.

The company’s Afm haul includes all rights to a new documentary biopic about iconic musician Prince from Us sales outfit 13 Films

Directed and produced by acclaimed Us doc producer Michael John Kirk, known for his work on PBS documentary series Frontline, Prince: R U Listening? is set to chart the musician’s early years and rise to super-stardom as seen through the eyes of his bandmates, friends and family including Dez Dickerson, Prince’s first guitar player and Andre Cymone, Prince’s close friend and original bassist.

Contributors will also include Bono, Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz and Sheila E. The film is due to be relesed in Q2, 2017.

Also from 13 Films, the company picked up completed mystery-thriller Voice From The Stone, starring
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IFB backs Amy Winehouse biopic starring Noomi Rapace

IFB backs Amy Winehouse biopic starring Noomi Rapace
Irish Film Board also backs several other features and grants co-production funds to a revenge thriller starring Game Of ThronesNatalie Dormer.

A biopic of tragic singer Amy Winehouse, directed by Irish filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan, is among the productions backed by the Irish Film Board in its latest round of funding decisions.

Actress Noomi Rapace is already attached to the untitled project, which is also scripted by Sheridan (In America). It has received a production funding commitment of €540,000.

It is one of several projects backed by the Ifb as it attempts to build on what has been a successful period for the Irish film industry.

Ghost story The Lodgers, written by musician and professor of gothic literature David Turpin, has received production funding of €600,000. Directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey), it will be produced by Tailored Films (Stitches).

Described as a classic ghost story, The Lodgers tells the story of orphaned twins Edward and Rachel
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Wildcard signs for Bobby Sands doc, cocaine comedy, Rebecca Daly drama

Wildcard signs for Bobby Sands doc, cocaine comedy, Rebecca Daly drama
Exclusive: Growing Dublin-based distributor is inking deals for key local fare as well as sub-licensing for London-based distributors.

Irish distributor Wildcard Distribution has secured a wide and varied slate of forthcoming releases - including new projects from some of Ireland’s strongest emerging filmmakers.

Two crime-themed films, The Young Offenders and Cardboard Gangsters, which have completed production, will have their world premieres at the Galway Film Fleadh in July.

The Young Offenders is inspired by the bizarre case of Ireland’s biggest-ever drug seizure in 2007. The haul, off the coast of West Cork, took place after a boat capsized, leaving bales of cocaine floating in the water.

It fired the imagination of first-time feature director Peter Foott, whose film focuses on two Cork city teenagers who embark on a 160km road trip to steal some of the bales. The film will be released in Ireland this autumn.

Also on the company’s release slate is Cardboard Gangsters, the new
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Cannes: Jonas Akerlund to Direct ‘Lords of Chaos’ for Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, Rsa, Vice

Cannes: Jonas Akerlund to Direct ‘Lords of Chaos’ for Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, Rsa, Vice
London — Swedish film and music-video director Jonas Akerlund will helm English-language film “Lords of Chaos,” which is produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London, Rsa London and Vice. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales, and will launch the pic to buyers in Cannes.

Rory Culkin (“Scream 4,” “Signs”) and Caleb Landry Jones (“X-Men: First Class,” “Byzantium”) are confirmed for leading roles in the film, with further cast to be announced shortly.

Pic, which is co-produced by Chimney and Eleven Arts, is the terrifying story based on real events about a dream-turned-nightmare for a group of teenagers who spiral out of control.

The pic follows 17-year-old Euronymous, who is determined to escape his traditional upbringing in 1980s Oslo. He becomes fixated on creating true “Norwegian Black Metal” music with his band Mayhem, and creates a phenomenon by using shocking stunts to put the band’s name on the map. But
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‘Life’s a Breeze’ an Irish export that tells a funny story in a light and charming way

Life’s a Breeze

Written by Lance Daly

Directed by Lance Daly

Ireland, 2013

Greed is an interesting thing, one of the seven deadly sins which sometimes brings out the very worst in people. Money is a very attractive motivator and in desperate times, can turn good-natured individuals into devious scoundrels. The Irish dramedy Life’s a Breeze does focus on greed and the unfortunate effect it has on family but it does it in a way that is light and at times, rather farcical. It is a film about family, first and foremost, and how something as material as money can either bring the family together or tear it apart.

Nan (Fionnula Flannagan) is an aging woman living by her lonesome in gritty part of Dublin, Ireland. Her family consists of oddball slackers who mean well but end up irritating Nan to no end. The “leader” of the clan is
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Life’s a Breeze | Review

The Little Foxes: Daly’s Heartfelt Family Drama Pleasantly Rendered

Arriving with a bit more investment than its airy title would suggest, Lance Daly returns to Ireland for his latest film, Life’s a Breeze. A simple, working class fable, Daly fills in the schmaltzy pot holes with dry humor, relying on his comfortable cast to sustain the tale’s relatable charm. Pared down to a brisk eighty or so minutes, Daly’s film never outwears its welcome and proves to be a great showcase for the superb Fionnula Flanagan.

Times are tough for all over, and an extended Dublin family centered on matriarch Nan (Fionnula Flanagan) don’t seem to have many monetary options available to them. Her eldest son, Colm (Pat Shortt) is still living with mum and in his late forties, the house a mess with decades of old and useless belongings cluttering the rooms and halls.
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Busan: Irish Helmers Discuss Hollywood Dominance at Korea Fest

Busan: Irish Helmers Discuss Hollywood Dominance at Korea Fest
Five Irish directors invited by Korea’s Busan Intl. Film Festival to discuss their country’s industry ended up talking about the dominance of the U.S. over the international biz.

The quintet – John Butler (“The Stag”), Lance Daly (“Kisses”), Neil Jordan (“Byzantium”), Brendan Muldowney (“Savages”) and Jim Sheridan (“Brothers”) – mostly agreed that success in the American market has always been a big boost to the local box office.

Sheridan held up Jordan’s 1992 “Crying Game” as a prime example. The film had a hard time finding audiences in Ireland and the U.K., but after Harvey Weinstein promoted it effectively in the U.S., it took root on its home turf.

“It’s a one-town industry,” he added hyperbolically. “If a movie doesn’t go on a U.S. screen, it doesn’t feel like a movie.”

Jordan recalled that John Carney’s 2006 Ireland-set “Once” vanished quickly after its local release,
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Life’s a Breeze’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Life’s a Breeze’
A family fortune goes missing, tucked away inside a discarded old mattress in “Life’s a Breeze,” another modest, character-driven fable from Irish director Lance Daly, whose crowd-pleasing “Kisses” played Toronto in 2008. After fumbling an attempt at an American thriller with “The Good Doctor,” the helmer is back on familiar turf, studying the way relatable folks behave in heightened situations. Inspired by an Israeli human-interest story, Daly relocates the curious incident to Dublin, bringing all the excitement of a blockbuster treasure-hunt movie to his own backyard, while preserving the easy universal appeal of this inevitably tiny picture in the process.

Just where do old mattresses go once they’ve been discarded, and how would concerned parties manage to track one down? It takes a special kind of imagination to recognize the entertainment potential trapped in such a mundane scenario, and an incredibly resourceful filmmaker to spin it into as much fun as Daly does here.
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Galway welcomes Flanagan, Ronan, Temple, Quinto

Galway welcomes Flanagan, Ronan, Temple, Quinto
Ireland’s Galway Film Fleadh launched its 25th edition last night (July 9) with a screening of Spanish-Irish co-production Tasting Menu [pictured].

Director Roger Gual and star Fionnula Flanagan attended the screening at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre and joined guests afterwards for an opening night party at the Galway Rowing Club. Tasting Menu is produced by Zentropa Spain and Ireland’s Subotica.

The Fleadh runs until July 14, with guests set to include Zachary Quinto, screenwriter Daniel Waters and Julien Temple, who will all take part in masterclasses. Saoirse Ronan will also attend the festival, while Hubbard Casting will deliver a casting workshop.

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins will also attend the Fleadh to present Ronan and James Morris, former Irish Film Board chair and founding member and CEO of Windmill Lane Pictures, with Galway Hookers, the festival’s highest accolade.

Galway is renowned as a platform for new Irish talent, and local films
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The Good Doctor

Irish director Lance Daly, who last helmed the exquisite, magical Kisses, brings the same stark, dreamy palette to this decidedly different tale about a medical resident overwhelmed by his newfound responsibility and power. The premise of The Good Doctor, a phrase/theme reiterated ad nauseam throughout the script, is disturbing (and purposely so), but unfortunately too hard to swallow to elicit the sympathetic response the filmmakers are going for. Reactions instead range from disbelief to disgust....
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Time In A Bottle: “The Good Doctor”

After leaving his native Britain for the U.S., Dr. Martin Blake (Orlando Bloom) begins his residency in general medicine in a chaotic, understaffed hospital in an unspecified coastal city. This well-mannered, middle-class young man is vying for a fellowship in infectious diseases. Unfortunately, he is off to a bad start: He falls out with a powerful nurse, Theresa (Taraji P. Henson); and he inadvertently endangers a non-English-speaking patient with a potentially lethal dose of penicillin.

Screenwriter John Enbom succeeds in a difficult balancing act: The more events point to Martin’s culpability in two deaths, the greater his superiors’ enthusiasm for his work. The odds for his receiving the grant increase, in spite of his carelessness and emotional disarray. You actually want him to get caught. This is an unusual role for Bloom, who is here much more of a pasty nerd than the suave athletic types he is known for.
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Cillian Murphy's 'Broken' and Kirsten Sheridan's 'Dollhouse' Triumph At Odessa

Cillian Murphy's 'Broken' and Kirsten Sheridan's 'Dollhouse' were among the winners at the Odessa International Film Festival in Ukraine. 'Broken', adapted from Daniel Clay's novel of the same name by Irish screenwriter Mark O'Rowe (Intermission), won the festival's Grand Prix prize. The film was directed by Rufus Norris and features Murphy, Tim Roth and Rory Kinnear among its cast members. Meanwhile, the cast of Irish director Kirsten Sheridan's new drama, 'Dollhouse', were celebrating after winning the award for Best Actors. Set in Dublin, 'Dollhouse' follows a group of teenagers who break into a house and stars Seana Kerslake (Life's a Breeze), Johnny Ward (This Must Be The Place, Two Hearts), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did, Three Wise Men), Kate Stanley Brennan (Raw, Fair City), Shane Curry (Kisses) and Ciaran McCabe (What Richard Did).
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Blu-ray Review: Tilda Swinton Captivates in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’

Chicago – Many critics failed to take Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin” seriously, dismissing it as an art house retread of “The Omen.” Such a simplistic label fails to take into account the film’s carefully textured portrait of a deeply fractured mother-son relationship. Though the film takes its premise to melodramatic extremes, it does harbor considerable insight into the repercussions of a disconnect between parent and child.

Eva (Tilda Swinton) is the sort of mother who causes strangers to wince while passing her in the supermarket. She can barely contain the intense dislike that she feels for her child. Motherhood is a form of entrapment in her eyes, and her attempts to care for her young son lack any sense of genuine compassion. When she snaps on a hollow smile to calm her crying son, the moment is both chilling and darkly funny. It only gets
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Kirsten Sheridan And The Factory: Assembling Ireland’S Actors

Talk to Kirsten Sheridan, director of August Rush and her latest Dollhouse (pictured and premiering in the Panorama section of the 2012 Berlinale) about The Factory, the collective she co-founded with fellow filmmakers John Carney (Once) and Lance Daly (Kisses), and it soon becomes apparent that Ireland’s recent financial woes have done little to dampen Dublin’s Diy spirit. If anything the collapse has, ironically, helped artists, Sheridan theorizes, by making their outsized dreams affordable. Indeed, in a thriving economy just meeting the rent on a space big enough to house everything from production studios, to a fully equipped camera department and editing facilities, to a digital cinema and a recording studio, would leave no time for these Factory friends to actually collectively create.

Which is exactly what they’ve been doing in this one-stop, mom-and-pop shop since 2009. And now that Carney’s The Rafters is also due to be released,
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Sheridan's 'Dollhouse' selected for SXSW Festival

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Irish director Kirsten Sheridan's latest film 'Dollhouse' is to have its North American premiere at the South by South West festival in Austen Texas this March in the 'Emerging Visions' category. The title along with 17 others was whittled down from 570 international films entered to the festival. 'Dollhouse' a drama set in Dublin follows six street kids who break into a house in Dalkey and stars Seana Kerslake (Life's a Breeze), Johnny Ward (This Must Be The Place, Two Hearts), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did, Three Wise Men), Kate Stanley Brennan (Raw, Fair City), Shane Curry (Kisses) and Ciaran McCabe (What Richard Did).
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Flanagan, Birthistle & Shortt in Lance Daly's 'Life's a Breeze', Production Begins

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'Life's a Breeze' the latest film from writer and director Lance Daly (The Good Doctor, Kisses) started filming in Dublin last week. It is scheduled to film in Dublin for four weeks until Christmas before moving to Sweden to shoot for a further two weeks. The film, which follows the lives of a family as they search for a lost fortune, stars Fionnula Flanagan (The Guard, The Others), Eva Birthistle (Wakewood, Breakfast on Pluto), Pat Shortt (The Guard, Garage) and new comer Kelly Thornton.
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Visions of Ireland on Film

Visions of Ireland on Film
Gina Herold Gabriel Byrne, left, and Enda Walsh

Directors Jim Sheridan and Enda Walsh chatted with actor Gabriel Byrne yesterday at MoMA about their own films and others, as part of “Revisiting The Quiet Man: Ireland on Film,” an exhibit which runs through June 3. John Ford’s classic 1952 story about Sean Thornton (John Wayne), an American boxer born in Ireland who returns to Innisfree and falls in love with Mary Kate Danneher (Maureen O’Hara), is more than just a feel-good St.
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