Irish Abroad: The Lobster and Brooklyn head to the New York Film Festival
The 53rd New York Film Festival has announced its main slate of feature films. Amidst the star-studded line-up are two Irish co-productions, John Crowley’s Brooklynand Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster.
The line-up features a number of films that will also play at Toronto, Venice, and Telluride before making their way to New York, including the two Irish films. One film that will have its world premiere at the festival will be Steven Spielberg’s new Cold-War spy thriller Bridge of Spies, atrring Tom Hanks.
John Crowley’s Brooklynis set in the 1950s, and sees a young woman move from a small town in Ireland to Brooklyn, where she has the opportunity for work, for a future and for love.
The film is an adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel by the equally best-selling British author Nick Hornby. Intermission director John Crowley has gathered an all-star Irish and British cast for the film, that features Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters.
Brooklyn is an Irish/British co-production from Wildgaze Films, Finola Dwyer Productions, Parallel Films and Item 7. Brooklyn was co-financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film BoardFís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry..
Yorgos Lanthimos’s critically acclaimed Irish co-production The Lobster is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.
The film is the English language debut of Greek director Lanthimos, and stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz with a supporting cast including Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, John C.Reilly, Olivia Colman and Ashley Jensen.
The Lobster is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender with Isabel Davis as the lead executive for the BFI Film Fund. The film was developed by Element and Irish finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board with Rory Gilmartin as the lead executive for the IFB.
The 53rd New York Film Festival will run from September 25th to October 11th.
The Walk – Robert Zemeckis
Steve Jobs – Danny Boyle
Miles Ahead – Don Cheadle
Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One – Miguel Gomes Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One – Miguel Gomes Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One – Miguel Gomes
The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-hsien
Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg
Brooklyn– John Crowley
Carol – Todd Haynes
Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Les Cowboys – Thomas Bidegain
Don’t Blink: Robert Frank – Laura Israel
Experimenter – Michael Almereyda
The Forbidden Room, Directors: Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson
In the Shadow of Women / L’Ombre des femmes – Philippe Garrel
Journey to the Shore / Kishibe no tabi – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
Maggie’s Plan – Rebecca Miller
The Measure of a Man / La Loi du marché – Stéphane Brizé
Mia Madre – Nanni Moretti
Microbe & Gasoline / Microbe et Gasoil – Michel Gondry
Mountains May Depart – Jia Zhangke
My Golden Days / Trois Souvenirs de ma jeunesse – Arnaud Desplechin