#IrishAbroad: VMDIFF is bringing 5 Irish films to the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival
Virgin Media Dublin international Film Festival is delighted to bring five new Irish films to the 2019 Shanghai International Film Festival this June. John Butler’s Papi ChuloJohn Butler's third feature, Papi Chulo, is the story of a lonely TV weatherman who strikes up an unusual friendship with a middle-aged Latino migrant worker. More, which opened this years Virgin Media DIFF 2019, will be shown at the Chinese festival alongside Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground, Paddy Breathnach’s RosieRosie is a contemporary drama directed by Paddy Breathnach from a script by Roddy Doyle, and starring Sarah Greene and Moe Dunford. More, Carmel Winters’Float Like a Butterfly, and GretaGreta is the new feature directed by Academy Award®-winning Irish director Neil Jordan, and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert, and Maika Monroe. More, the newest film from Neil Jordan.
Shanghai International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in East Asia with over 400,000 people attending the festival every year. The Irish Focus will give Shanghai audiences a taste of some of the most exciting films to emerge in Irish cinema in the last 18 months, reflecting the diversity of stories being told by Irish filmmakers.
Virgin Media DIFF Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys will introduce the films in Shanghai alongside director Paddy Breathnach (Rosie), actress Hazel Doupe (Float Like a Butterfly), director Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground), cinematographer Michael Lavelle (Float Like a Butterfly), and producer Claire McCaughey (Papi Chulo).
The Irish Focus season in Shanghai International Film Festival is supported by Screen IrelandFís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry. and Culture Ireland.
We are really delighted to have this chance to showcase these six wonderful films in Shanghai. This is a great opportunity to bring these films to an exciting new market and show Chinese audiences the fantastic talent that Ireland has to offer.
Gráinne Humphreys, Director – VMDIFF
It’s quite an adventure to bring five Irish films to the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival, we want Shanghai audiences to appreciate Irish culture through great films and filmmakers. We are also looking forward to the presentation of five Chinese films in the 2020 Dublin International Film FestivalFounded in 2003, the Dublin International Film Festival sets the agenda of the year with its programme of outstanding Irish and international film. More – it shows that when we build these bridges, great things can happen.
Xiao Wang, Director of the International Screening Department – Shanghai International Film Festival
Covering 47 cinemas and hundreds of screens across town, the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) runs from Saturday June 15th to Monday June 24th, and is bringing more than 300 films of all genres from China and abroad to Shanghai, including more than 40 official selections which will compete for various Gold Goblet Awards