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Toronto Film Review: ‘Good Favour’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Good Favour’
A young man stumbles out of the woods, wounded and desperate. A village of devout Christians welcomes him with open arms, nursing him back to health and giving him a place to stay. They don’t know who he is or where he came from, and the children in the village follow him closely, as if he possesses some magical powers. Is he a force for good? Or is he a malevolent spirit tasked with punishing them for their sins and hypocrisy? These questions hang in the air in Rebecca Daly’s “Good Favour” — and they just keep on hanging, until the intrigue gradually slips into boredom and the film’s determined ambiguity starts to feel like aggravating coyness. Daly succeeds at imagining the hardship and tarnished idealism of a religious community, but the film can’t survive on ambience alone. It’s missing answers.

With her third feature, following “The Other Side of Sleep” and “Mammal
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Irish Film and Television Academy Unveils Rising Star Award Nominees

Cannes — The Irish Film and Television Academy has revealed its Rising Star Award nominees, who are writer-directors Rebecca Daly, Alex Fegan and Stephen Fingleton, and actor Barry Ward. The winner will be announced at the Ifta Film and Drama Awards ceremony on April 9.

The award, sponsored by the Irish Film Board, puts a spotlight on Irish professionals who have “not only honed their crafts in the formative years of their career, but who have also excelled in their respective fields.” Previous recipients include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, John Michael McDonagh and Jamie Dornan.

Daly made her feature debut “The Other Side of Sleep,” written with Glenn Montgomery and starring Antonia Campbell-Hughes, in 2011. The film was selected for the Cannes Résidence du Festival and premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

She followed that with the “powerful and morally complex” feature “Mammal,” starring Rachel Griffiths in
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Film Review: ‘Mammal’

Film Review: ‘Mammal’
Rachel Griffiths has been so egregiously underused on the big screen in recent years that her mere presence in a leading role is reason enough to commend “Mammal.” That Irish writer-director Rebecca Daly’s film proves as quietly, uncompromisingly complicated as the actress it showcases makes it worthy of celebration. An elliptical essay in withheld grief and reluctant desire, “Mammal” finds an improbable partner for Griffiths’ peacable loner in 22-year-old livewire Barry Keoghan’s bristling delinquent; their ambiguously sensual attraction is one of several unarticulated emotional currents coursing through a story that resists obvious psychological cues at every turn. Some viewers may feel frozen out by this piercingly performed enigma, though discerning arthouse distribs should be intrigued; the Sundance Channel, meanwhile, will secure it an audience in several non-u.S. territories.

Daly’s 2011 directorial debut, the auspicious, Cannes-selected somnambulist thriller “The Other Side of Sleep,” established the filmmaker’s affinity
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Picture Tree Boards Matthias Schweighoefer Comedy ‘The Most Beautiful Day’ (Exclusive)

Picture Tree Boards Matthias Schweighoefer Comedy ‘The Most Beautiful Day’ (Exclusive)
London — Berlin-based sales company Picture Tree Intl. has picked up road-movie comedy “The Most Beautiful Day,” which toplines Matthias Schweighoefer, one of Germany’s biggest film stars. The movie will make its market premiere on Feb. 12 at Berlin’s European Film Market.

The film, which Florian David Fitz directs and co-stars in, will be released in Germany by Warner Bros. Hopes are high that it’ll follow the path set by other recent German comedies, such as “Fack Ju Goehte 2,” which have crossed-over into the mainstream and become box-office hits, as well as selling widely abroad.

The pic centers on quirky, overambitious pianist Andi and the happy-go-lucky, laid-back Benno. They have just one thing in common: both are diagnosed with a fatal disease. With their end seemingly around the corner, Benno convinces Andi to escape the dead-end hospice and to go on a road trip in search of their last and most awesome day.
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Sundance Channel acquires five festival titles

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Sundance Channel acquires five festival titles
Films include Irish feature Mammal starring Barry Keoghan.

Sundance Channel Global has acquired five features from this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will exclusively premiere the titles shortly after the festival.

They include Mammal, The Fits, Spa Night, Jacqueline (Argentine) and My Friend In The Park (Mi Amiga Del Parque).

Mammal has been acquired from Picture Tree International Central and Eastern Europe, Iberia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.

The film, directed by Rebecca Daly, sees Australian actress Rachel Griffiths play a woman who befriends a young homeless man, played by Barry Keoghan, following the death of her son. Mammal is Irish director Daly’s second film following The Other Side Of Sleep, which debuted in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2011.

The Fits and Jacqueline (Argentine) have been acquired for Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Dutch Benelux, Iberia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.

The Fits, sold by
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First Trailer For Irish Drama Mammal

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Fresh off it’s premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the first trailer for Rebecca Daly’s Mammal has come our way, promising a tremendous follow-up to her equally tremendous debut feature The Other Side of Sleep. Six Feet Under’s Rachel Griffiths stars as a woman coping with the loss of her son who develops an unorthodox relationship with a homeless youth (Barry Keogh). The first trailer is incredibly compelling, showcasing powerful performances from Griffiths, Keogh, and Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones). Mammal reaches our shores later this year.
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Picture Tree Picks Up Sundance Entry ‘Mammal’ for International Sales

Picture Tree Picks Up Sundance Entry ‘Mammal’ for International Sales
London — Picture Tree Intl. has picked up international sales on “Mammal,” which will have its world premiere in the World Dramatic competition section at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film is directed by Rebecca Daly, whose debut feature “The Other Side of Sleep” played in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2011. “Mammal” stars Rachel Griffiths, who was Oscar nominated for “Hilary and Jackie,” and Barry Keoghan, who also appears in upcoming Michael Fassbender movie “Trespass Against Us.” The cast also features “Game of Thrones” thesp Michael McElhatton.

The film centers on Margaret (Griffiths), a separated woman living alone in Dublin. After the death of her son, Margaret is drawn to a homeless youth, Joe (Keoghan). As their mutual reliance grows, they confuse the boundaries between affection and sexual intimacy.

The film is produced by Conor Barry and Macdara Kelleher. The production companies are Fastnet Films (Ireland), Calach Films (Luxembourg), Les Films Fauves
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Sundance ’16: Felix van Groeningen, Rebecca Daly & Ana Katz Load Up World Dramatic Comp

In last year’s section which included Ariel Kleiman’s Partisan and Anne Sewitsky’s Homesick, it was John Maclean’s debut Slow West claimed the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Alanté Kavaïté’s The Summer of Sangailé landed the Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic, Umrika was the audience’s won the Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic. In this year’s dozen offerings we have names we normally associate with Cannes in The Misfortunates‘ Felix van Groeningen (Belgica), The Other Side of Sleep‘s Rebecca Daly (Mammal – see pic above) and A Stray Girlfriend‘s Ana Katz (Mi Amiga del Parque). Here are the selections.

Belgica / Belgium, France, Netherlands (Director: Felix van Groeningen, Screenwriters: Felix van Groeningen, Arne Sierens) — In the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene, two brothers start a bar and get swept up in its success.Cast: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Hélène De Vos. World Premiere.
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Cannes: Picture Tree Gives Market Premieres to ‘Adama,’ ‘Midwife’

Cannes: Picture Tree Gives Market Premieres to ‘Adama,’ ‘Midwife’
London — Berlin-based world sales and production company Picture Tree Intl. will give market premieres at Cannes to poetic French animation “Adama” and the Lapland-set romantic drama “The Midwife.”

Simon Rouby’s feature debut “Adama” follows a boy’s adventurous journey from his West African village to Europe to find his brother. It ultimately leads him to the trenches of World War I.

The pic will make its French premiere in the feature competition of Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June, having won the Work in Progress award at the festival’s 2014 edition.

Adama” was produced by Philippe Aigle and Severine Lathuilliere for Naia Productions, in co-production with Pipangai Studio and France 3 Cinema. Ocean Films is handling French rights and will give the film a wide release on Oct. 21.

Rouby’s short film “Blind Spot” competed for a Cinefondation Award at Cannes.

Antti J. Jokinen’s “The Midwife” centers on
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Rinkel unveils A Real Van Meegeren

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Rudolf van den Berg’s feature stars Tygo Gernandt [pictured] as the notorious art forger Han van Meegeren.

Leading Dutch production outfit Rinkel Film has revealed further details of its new feature about notorious art forger Han van Meegeren.

A Real Van Meegeren, as the project is called, will be directed by Rudolf van den Berg (Tirza, Süskind), who has cowritten the screenplay with Jan Eilander.

It is being produced by Rinkel Film (through Reinier Selen) together with Fu Works (San Fu Maltha) and Cadenza Films (Jeroen Koolbergen). The other partners are, in Luxembourg, Tarantula Luxembourg (Donato Rotunno), and, in Croatia, Nukleus Film Croatia (Sinisa Juricic).

Cineart will release in Benelux.

Van Meegeren is often called “one of the greatest art forgers of the Twentieth Century”. He was renowned for his fake Vermeers and for his forgeries of work by Seventeenth Century Dutch masters.

Among the clients he managed to hoodwink in his shady but illustrious career was leading
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Tribeca Film Knows 'What Richard Did'

Tribeca Film Knows 'What Richard Did'
Tribeca Film has snapped up North American rights to Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's "What Richard Did," which recently took home five Irish Film & Television Awards, including Best Film, Director and Actor (newcomer Jack Reynor, who can be seen in the upcoming "Transformers 4.") The film is penned by Malcolm Campbell ("Skins," "Shameless"), and co-stars Irish singer-songwriter Roisin Murphy, Sam Keeley ("The Other Side of Sleep") and Lars Mikkselsen ("The Killing"). The synopsis is below. Tribeca plans a spring 2013 theatrical release, with a simultaneous VOD platform roll-out. A striking portrait adapted from Kevin Powers’ award-winning book Bad Day in Blackrock. The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen (Reynor), the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him....
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Irish Drama 'What Richard Did' Acquired by Tribeca Film

Irish Drama 'What Richard Did' Acquired by Tribeca Film
Tribeca Film has picked up North American rights to Irish helmer Lenny Abrahamson’s drama What Richard Did, which swept this past weekend’s Irish Film & Television Awards, taking home five IFTAs for best film, best director, best script, best actor and best editing. Newcomer Jack Reynor, who will appear in the upcoming Transformers sequel, and Róisín Murphy star alongside Sam Keeley (The Other Side of Sleep, Misfits) and Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing) in the film based on Kevin Powers’ book Bad Day in Blackrock. The story centers on Richard Karlsen, the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens who does

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Tribeca Film Acquires North American On Irish Pic ‘What Richard Did’

Tribeca Film Acquires North American On Irish Pic ‘What Richard Did’
Tribeca Film today announced it has concluded a deal with Protagonist Pictures to acquire all North American rights to Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s drama What Richard Did – which swept this past weekend’s Irish Film & Television Awards, taking home five IFTAs for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor and Best Editing. Newcomer Jack Reynor (to be seen in the upcoming Transformers sequel) and Róisín Murphy star alongside Sam Keeley (The Other Side of Sleep, Misfits), and Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing) in this striking portrait adapted from Kevin Powers’ award-winning book Bad Day in Blackrock. The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen, the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its largely young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly
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Making The Cut: Career Advice From Director Of Photography Suzie Lavelle

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In what is generally regarded to be an industry profession dominated by men, Suzie Lavelle has fought her way to become one of Ireland's most promising directors of photography. In 2010, she became the first female winner of the Director of Photography Ifta for her work on Conor Horgan's 'One Hundred Mornings' and has since been nominated a second time for Rebecca Daly's 'The Other Side of Sleep'.
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Magnet Places Johannes Roberts’ Horror Flick in ‘Storage’

In minor Afm acquisition announcement, Magnet Releasing has picked up North American rights to what appears to be early calender filler (Dec.6th on VOD early theatrical release in January) in horror-meister Brit helmer Johannes RobertsStorage 24 – a pic starring Noel Clarke and Antonia Campbell-Hughes (from the Cannes preemed The Other Side of Sleep).

Gist: Set in a chaotic London – a military cargo plane has crashed leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware London is in lockdown, Charlie (Noel Clarke) and Shelley (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), accompanied by best friends Mark (Colin O’Donoghue) and Nikki (Laura Haddock) are at Storage 24 dividing up their possessions after a recent break-up. Suddenly, the power goes off…

Worth Noting: While The Guardian four-star review that calls the flick “unexpectedly entertaining,” majority of critics downgrade the pic and with lack of any significant festival play this doesn’t appear to
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Irish-shot Jimi Hendrix Biopic Will Feature No Hendrix Songs

'All Is By My Side', the Jimi Hendrix biopic currently filming in Ireland with Andre 3000, will not feature any Hendrix songs in the film, it has been confirmed.Tristan Orphen Lynch is producing for Subotica alongside Darko's Sean McKittrick, Jeff Culotta and Danny Bramson. Nigel Thomas is producing for Matador. Ridley and Tedd Hamm will executive produce. 'All Is By My Side' also stars Hayley Atwell (Captain America), Jade Yourell (Fair City, Happy Ever Afters), Danny McColgan (13 Steps Down), Laurence Kinlan (Love/Hate, The Guard) and Imogen Poots (Jane Eyre). Among the Irish crew working on the project are line producer Donna Eperon (Love Eternal, The Other Side of Sleep); cinematographer Tim Fleming (Once, Citadel) and English production designer Paul Cross (Spooks, Luther).
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First Berlinale Residency announces participants

Berlinale Residency, Berlin International Film Festival’s new international fellowship programme, is inviting six filmmakers with their latest projects to Berlin for four months, beginning in September 2012.

The selected participants can finalize their scripts, and develop production and distribution strategies at the Residency. Mentors will advise participants on developing and revising their scripts. In a “Script to Market” seminar with market experts, the producers and directors will explore the audience potential of their works.

The selected projects will be presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 10-12, 2013) and/or at the Guadalajara Ibero-American Co-production Meeting in March 2013.

Selected projects

Matías Bize, Chile: The Memory of Water

Screenwriters: Matías Bize and Julio Rojas

Producers: Adrian Solar, Ceneca Producciones, Chile, and Nicole Gerhards, NiKo Film, Germany

Born in 1979, this director and screenwriter first attracted international attention in 2003 with his feature film debut, Sábado, una película en tiempo real. In 2005 his drama En la cama,
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Morgan Bushe Is Ireland's Producer On The Move at Cannes

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Irish producer Morgan Bushe of Fastnet Films has been selected to take part in the European Film Promotion's Cannes-based programme Producers On The Move. Bushe, whose production credits include 'The Other Side of Sleep', is one of 25 producers from across Europe who have been handpicked by the Efp to take part in the networking event over May 19–22. It takes place during the Cannes International Film Festival, which runs over May 16-27.
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Irish Actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes To Star in Kidnap Biopic

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Irish actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes has been cast as the lead in a gripping real-life hostage story about Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch. The Derry-born actress, who recently starred in Rebecca Daly's 'The Other Side of Sleep', will portray Kampusch in a biopic about her life, called '3096'. Austrian Kampusch was held captive by Wolfgang Priklopil for eight years after he kidnapped her on her way to school in 1998. Kampusch escaped in 2006, leading Priklopil to take his own life. The film's title, '3096', refers to the number of days Kampusch was held in captivity.
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The UK Box-Office – The Devil Inside Hits and Runs Off With the Top Spot

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In what is a triumph for 2012 the UK box-office this week is 37% up on the equivalent weekend last year.

Battling the likes of Chalet Girl, The Lincoln Lawyer and Anuvahood this weekend we had The Devil Inside, 21 Jump Street, We Bought and Zoo and Contraband vying for box-office supremacy.

But who won, lost, underachieved and flat-out flopped this week?

The Winner – The Devil Inside

Working from a production budget said to be around the £700,000 mark and with a huge chart topping weekend in the Us in the bag The Devil Inside has wiped it’s horribly stern face and then some. Panned by critics and heckled by audiences for what sounds to be one of the most frustrating endings in history the film avoided the bad buzz that it apparently deserved by not screening for the press until the day of release.

It’s an evident success for what is sadly an ever-increasing practice.
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