Run & Jump opens in North America to wide critical acclaim
Taking a Run & Jump
Steph Green’s debut feature, Run & Jump, which was supported by the Irish Film Board, opened in North America this weekend. The film was released by Sundance Selects, the sister division of IFC Films, and is playing in select theatres and on premium VOD platforms.
Produced by Samson Films in co-production with Bavaria Pictures, Run & Jump was written by Ailbhe Keogan and co-written by Green. It tells the story of wife and mother Vanetia (Maxine Peake) whose husband Conor (Edward MacLiam) suffers a personality-changing stroke. In his first dramatic role, Will Forte, who was recently named Variety’s breakthrough actor for 2014, plays buttoned-up American researcher Ted Fielding, who is observing Conor’s behaviour.
What the US reviewers are saying:
“Run & Jump is as real and messy as life itself.” –The New York Times
“Luminous and lovely. . . . Will Forte is again strong in [this] Irish family drama, but Maxine Peake lights up the screen.” –LA Times
“Ailbhe Keogan’s script never strays into overt melodrama or Hollywood medical implausibilities, but still maintains its effusive sense of optimism. Life is disordered and grubby, but Green and Peake throw a lot of warm colors over the debris.” –The Village Voice
Following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Run & Jump won a number of awards, most recently the Silver Spike Feature Award at the Valladolid International Film Festival, Best First Feature at the New York Irish Film Festival and Best Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh.
Watch the trailer here.
Run & Jump was financed by the Irish Film Board, Section 481, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTE, Eurimages, FilmFernsehfondsBayern FFF, DeutscherFilmforderfonds DFFF, Senator Film München, Cinepost and Bavaria Film.