Magazine article Screen International

Ireland: Hot Films

Magazine article Screen International

Ireland: Hot Films

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From offbeat comedy to horror to co-productions with major international names, Ireland is producing a broad range of cinema. Leon Forde profiles a selection of anticipated upcoming films.Calvary (completed)

Dir John Michael McDonagh

The Anglo-Irish director of The Guard reteams with star Brendan Gleeson in this black comedy drama about a priest who is forced to confront dark forces closing in on him. Calvary is produced by Reprisal Films in the UK and co-produced by Octagon Films in Ireland, with backing from the Irish Film Board and the BFI. Seller Protagonist has closed a range of deals including to eOne for the UK, Ireland and Canada, Transmission for Australia and New Zealand, and Ascot Elite for Germany and Switzerland, plus German-speaking Europe.

Contact Protagonist Pictures info@protagonistpictures.comThe Canal (in production)

Dir Ivan Kavanagh

This psychological horror follows a young father who is driven to murder and madness. Kavanagh's previous films include The Fading Light, which screened in the World Cinema section at Busan in 2010. The Canal is produced by Ireland's Park Films, the UK's Western Edge Pictures and Netherlands' CTM Lev, with Ireland's Treasure Entertainment executive producing.

Contact Park Films info@parkfilms.ieCherry Tree (pre-production)

Dir David Keating

From Wake Wood director Keating and writer Brendan McCarthy, Cherry Tree is about a teenager who agrees to have Satan's child to save the life of her dying father. The fi lm is produced by Fantastic Films -- which McCarthy co-owns with John McDonnell -- and will be the first made under the company's three-picture deal with MPI Media Group in the US. Currently casting, Cherry Tree will shoot this summer.

Contact Fantastic Films info@fantasticfilms.ieThe F Word (post-production)

Dir Michael Dowse

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver, this Canada-Ireland co-production partly shot in Ireland and is due for release in early 2014. It tells the story of a young man and woman who struggle to navigate their friendship, which has developed a deep romantic undercurrent. Produced by Fastnet Films, No Trace Camping and Caramel Films, The F Word is being sold by eOne, which will release in Canada and the UK/ Ireland.

Contact eOne www.entertainmentone.comFrank (post-production)

Dir Lenny Abrahamson

The anticipated latest film from Abrahamson -- who drew acclaim for What Richard Did, Garage and Adam & Paul -- Frank is an offbeat comedy following an aspiring musician who joins a band led by the enigmatic Frank. Michael Fassbender -- wearing a large plastic head -- stars, alongside Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal. "What appealed to me about it was the potential it had when I read it for a certain kind of very joyful, playful filmmaking, which I love and haven't had a chance to express in the last projects I've done really, because they've been very different animals," Abrahamson says. Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, the film was shot in Ireland and New Mexico. Frank was produced by Element Pictures and Runaway Fridge, with backing from Film4, the BFI and the Irish Film Board. Artificial Eye has UK rights while Element Pictures will release in Ireland.

Contact Protagonist Pictures info@protagonistpictures.comGentlemen (pre-production)

Dir Ken Wardrop

Wardrop scored acclaim with his debut feature documentary His & Hers, which screened at Sundance in 2010 and won the World Cinema documentary cinematography award. His latest feature doc explores different sides of modern man. Set to start shooting in Oklahoma from July, the film's narrative will be guided by male callers to a radio talk show. Produced by Ireland's Venom Film, with Bulb Films in Wales co-producing, completion is expected for early 2014.

Contact Venom Film info@venom.ieGet Up And Go (pre-production)

Dir Brendan Grant

The story of two lifelong wasters whose night of degradation helps them realise it is time for a change. …

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