Return to Montauk announced for Competition at 2017 Berlinale


Return to Montauk announced for Competition at 2017 Berlinale

Posted: 11th January 2017

It has been announced that IFB-funded feature film, Return to Montauk, will screen in Competition at the 67th International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) in what will also be a world premiere for the Volker Schloendorff-directed film.

The festival, which runs from February 9–12, is one of the most important dates for the international film industry, also playing host to the most important meeting point of the festival—the European Film Market (EFM).

Directed by Schloendorff, Return to Montauk marks the first original screenplay from renowned Irish author Colm Tóibín. The film centres on writer Max Zorn (Stellan Skarsgard), who comes to New York for the release of his book. His young wife Clara (Susanne Wolff) goes ahead to work on the U.S. release. In his novel, Max writes about the failure of love in this city 17 years ago. Almost by chance he meets Rebecca (Nina Hoss). She is now a successful lawyer, originally from East Germany and in New York for 20 years. They decide to spend a weekend together in Montauk, a fishing port on Long Island.

Return to Montauk is a Germany-France-Ireland co-production. The Irish co-producers are Conor Barry and John Keville of Savage Productions with funding from IFB, in association with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor at Film & Music Entertainment (IRE) Ltd.  The Delegate Producer is Regina Ziegler of Ziegler Film and it is also co-produced by Francis Boesplug for Pyramid Productions in France.