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The 62nd annual Cannes Film Festival begins today, and at it, Irish film makes a strong showing.
Dublin playwright Conor McPherson’s Tribeca Film Festival hit “The Eclipse” continues its international tour and will screen at France’s Cannes Film Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious film fests.
But the award-winning film, which has already been picked up for worldwide release by Magnolia Pictures, is just one of the 15 Irish out-of-competition productions that will be showcased in the next week and a half at the event in order to market Irish film and Ireland as a film location.
“Triage,” starring Colin Farrell, will also be on display for distributors. The drama/thriller features a photojournalist (Farrell) who returns home from a dangerous assignment in Kurdistan – without his colleague and best friend. The journalist’s girlfriend sets out to discover what happened while the men were away.
Farrell makes another appearance at Cannes with “Ondine,” Neil Jordan’s fantasy about a sea nymph who gets caught in the net of a fisherman (Farrell) in an Irish town.
A new comedy starring Ardal O’Hanlon, the star of Ireland’s favorite sitcom, “Father Ted,” will also screen at Cannes. “Wide Open Spaces,” a new film from “Father Ted” writer Arthur Matthews, is a “bromance” film about two slackers who try to pay off their debt by building a Famine Theme Park for a sketchy entrepreneur in a remote part of Ireland.
“Perrier's Bounty” starring Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson will also be showcased at one of the world’s most important markets this week. The crime comedy-thriller tells the story of a gangster (Gleeson) seeking revenge on three fugitives responsible for accidentally killing one of his henchman.
Another Irish film to watch out for is "A Shine of Rainbows," starring Irish American Aidan Quinn. The drama is about a young orphan who is brought to live with a vivacious beautiful Irish woman and her reticent husband (Quinn) in a remote island off the coast of Ireland.
The Irish presence at the famous French festival will be centered on the Irish Pavilion in Cannes.