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Three Irish Productions Announced for Toronto Film Festival

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Toronto International Film Festival

It has been announced that Irish productions Room, The Lobster and Brooklyn will screen in Official Selection at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this September.

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Frank, What Richard Did), Room was adapted by Emma Donoghue from her own novel. Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Jacob Tremblay), Room is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. Room was filmed at Pinewood Studios and on location in Toronto, and was post produced at Screen Scene in Dublin. Room is an Element Pictures and No Trace Camping production, in association with Film4, Telefilm Canada, and the Irish Film Board.

The Lobster, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where it was the winner of the Jury Prize. A blackly funny love story set in a near future where finding love is a matter of life or death, The Lobster was filmed in Co. Kerry and stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly and Ben Whishaw. Irish audiences can see The Lobster when it is released in cinemas on October 16th.

John Crowley’s Brooklyn is adapted by Nick Hornby from Colm Tóibín’s novel. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was met with critical acclaim and was the subject of a bidding war for the distribution rights. Brooklyn begins in 1950’s rural Ireland, where opportunities are scarce, particularly for young women like Eilis Lacey. When given the opportunity to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her mother, sister and home for the first time. The film stars Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) and Domhnall Gleeson (Frank) and will be released in Irish cinemas on November 7th.

TIFF is regarded as one of the world’s most renowned film festivals and is generally seen as an early indicator of Oscar-worthy films. International films to have screened at TIFF include Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, 12 Years a Slave, Silver Linings Playbook and Argo. Irish films to have screened at the festival include Song of the Sea, Miss Julie, The Stag, Perrier’s Bounty and Ondine, amongst many others.