The Toronto Film festival, which takes place from September 10-20, will see a plethora to top Irish acting talent in attendance as Hollywood's top Irish stars are slated to turn up to support their respective movies.
Brendan Gleeson, who received rave reviews earlier this year for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the HBO movie “Into the Storm,” will be in town to plug “Perrier’s Bounty,” which also stars Cillian Murphy, the versatile Cork star who is currently working on a film with Leonardo Di Caprio and “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan.
Colin Farrell will also be in the Canadian city to support his upcoming flick “Ondine,” which was directed by Neil Jordan.
The movie tells the story of a fisherman (Farrell) who nets a mesmerizing being (Bachelda) that his daughter (Barry) believes possesses magical powers.
The film also stars Stephen Rea, Alicja Bachelda and Alison Barry and will have its world premiere at the festival in the Special Presentations category.
“Cracks,” which was filmed on location in Dublin and Wicklow and stars former Bond Girl Eva Green, will also be screened during the festival.
“'We're thrilled to have such a strong selection of Irish films at Toronto this year,” said Cameron Bailey, Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “It's a testament to the health and diversity of Irish filmmaking and we're looking forward to bringing Ireland to a North American audience through these great movies."
Chief Executive of Bord Scannan na hÉireann (The Irish Film Board) Simon Perry was delighted at the current level of of quality film being made in the Emerald Isle.
"Selection by the Toronto Film Festival is one of the industry's most sought after badges of excellence,” he said. For Ireland to have this many films selected is evidence not only of last year's record quantity of production but also of a very high level of quality in Irish filmmaking."