New Irish Film Rosie Announced for Toronto International Film Festival Alongside Black 47 and Irish/UK Co-Pro Vita & Virginia

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New Irish Film Rosie Announced for Toronto International Film Festival Alongside Black 47 and Irish/UK Co-Pro Vita & Virginia

Posted: 14th August 2018

Irish film is in the spotlight once again as three new Irish films have been added to the line-up for the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).  Paddy Breathnach’s, Rosie, which tackles Ireland’s homeless crisis and Lance Daly’s famine thriller, Black 47, will screen at TIFF as part of the Contemporary World Cinema Strand. Chanya Button’s period drama, Vita & Virginia has also been added to the Special Presentation line-up, joining the previously announced Papi Chulo — the third feature from Irish director John Butler.

Rosie, Vita & Virginia and Papi Chulo will all receive their world premieres at the prestigious festival.

Speaking about the selections, James Hickey, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to see such a diverse selection of Irish films screening in Toronto, in what marks another strong year for Irish creative filmmaking talent at the world-renowned festival. This year’s selections present a salient opportunity for audiences to look through the prism of Irish history as we see familial struggles of the Famine times in Black 47 poignantly echoed in Paddy Breathnach’s urgent image of contemporary Ireland in Rosie.

“TIFF provides a wonderful platform for these stories to reach global audiences and I would like to congratulate each of the filmmakers on this wonderful achievement.”

Paddy Breathnach’s Rosie tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless. Over 36 hours, Rosie and her partner John Paul strive to find somewhere to stay while shielding their young family from the reality of the situation around them. Rosie examines how even in times of crises; the love and strength of a family can endure.

Written by internationally acclaimed Irish author Roddy Doyle, Rosie stars Irish actors Sarah Greene and Moe Dunford in the lead roles. The title is produced by Emma Norton, Rory Gilmartin and Juliette Bonass for Element Pictures with Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe serving as executive producers.

Speaking about the title, Roddy Doyle added: "I was angry when I started work on the script that became Rosie. I was proud to be involved in its production, and it was a pleasure to watch Paddy Breathnach, the Element producers, and the cast and crew at work.  Now, I’m delighted that the film is to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Toronto audiences love their movies and I’m sure they’ll give Rosie a good reception.  I wish, in many ways, that I hadn’t felt the need to write Rosie — but I can’t wait for Irish audiences to see it in October."

Lance Daly’s Black 47 is set in the Ireland of 1847, with the country in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his family.  He’s seen more than his share of horrors, but nothing prepares him for the famine’s hopeless destruction of his homeland that has brutalised his people and where there seems to be no law and order. He discovers his mother starved to death and his brother hanged by the brutal hand of the English. With little else to live for, he sets a destructive path to avenge his family.

The action film, which closed the recent Galway Film Fleadh to great acclaim, is set during the Great Irish Famine and stars Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent and Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Michael Collins).  Joining them are rising international actors James Frenchville and Freddie Fox along with a strong young Irish cast including Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford and Sarah Greene.

Black 47, which opens in Irish cinemas on 5 September, received its world premiere at the Berlinale and most recently closed the Galway Film Fleadh. The screenplay was written by PJ Dillon, Pierce Ryan, Eugene O’Brien and Lance Daly. It was produced by Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films with Tim O’Hair, Arcadiy Golubovich and Jonathan Loughran.

Vita & Virginia marks the sophomore feature from up-and coming British director Chanya Button and is produced by Irish producer Katie Holly for Blinder Films alongside Evangelo Kioussis. An Irish/UK creative co-production, the film tells the true story of the relationship between the literary icon Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki) and socialite Vita (Gemma Arterton) in 1920’s London. When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. Vita and Virginia forge an unconventional affair and neither will be the same without the other.

Vita & Virginia joins John Butler’s Papi Chulo at the world-renowned festival, screening in a Special Presentation.

Rosie, Black 47, Vita & Virginia and Papi Chulo were all supported by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from 6 – 16 September, 2018. Click here for more info.