Major Sales Deal and Strong Reviews for the Screen Ireland Slate of Feature Films at the Toronto International Film Festival
Posted: 10th September 2018
Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland-supported Irish films are making a splash at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Neil Jordan’s star studded feature Greta has scored a major sales deal, with Focus Features picking up a number of international territories after its world premiere at TIFF on the opening night of the festival. Other Irish titles at the festival including Papi Chulo, Rosie and Float like a Butterfly, have all picked up strong, early reviews after their World Premiere screenings.
Variety calls John Butler’s Papi Chulo an “engaging dramedy... which sneaks up on you and seals the deal. Screen International highlights the "impressive performances” of Moe Dunford and Sarah Green in Paddy Breathnach’s Rosie and reviewers have called Carmel Winters’ Float Like a Butterfly a “satisfying, feel-good and entertaining drama” and “a well-made female version of the underdog making good”.
Commenting on the Irish film industry success at TIFF Screen Ireland Chief Executive James Hickey said “I'm delighted to see such a positive reaction to the slate of Screen Ireland titles at TIFF this year. Congratulations to all of the creative teams behind each film. It's great to see such a wide variety of Irish stories being told at the festival and we hope these stories will be picked up and seen by audiences all over the world. This is a major international deal for Neil Jordan's Greta, which we hope is the first of many sales deals over the coming days."
Commenting on the success of Greta at TIFF Neil Jordan said “I am thrilled that Focus Features have embraced our Greta and will let her loose on a wide audience. Making a film is always a shot in the dark, so thanks to SKE, James Flynn, Lawrence Bender, Karen Richards, Screen Ireland and everyone else who supported it.”
The Irish film industry also made a big impression at the Venice Film Festival this week with Irish production company Element Pictures' feature film The Favourite, directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, picking up the prestigious Grand Jury prize and the Volpi Cup for best actress for Olivia Colman.
Up and coming Irish actress Aisling Franciosi also made her mark at the festival receiving rave reviews for her performance in the Australian film The Nightingale, another acclaimed Venice title. Indiewire called her "a true breakout" and Hollywood Reporter highlighted her performance as "a compelling lead with real fire in her belly".
Greta is produced by James Flynn (Calvary) for Metropolitan Films alongside Lawrence Bender, Sidney Kimmel and John Penotti with CAA Media Finance and Endeavor Content handling the sale.