Irish Abroad: North Circular Road heads to Monaco Film Festival

Independent Irish feature film North Circular Road has been selected for the 13th Angel Film Awards at the 2015 Monaco International Film Festival. One of Europe’s premier film festivals, the Monte Carlo-based event is a celebration of non-violent films and distinguished guests in the past have included the Dalai Lama.

Selection for the 2015 Monaco International Film Festival caps a hugely successful year for North Circular Road, the haunting debut feature of director Donal Nugent. The film had its official world premiere at the UK’s East End Film Festival 2015, one of the UK’s largest film festivals, and was nominated for several awards, including best director, at the 2015 Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

[quote title=”Donal Nugent – Writer/Director”]North Circular Road was made on a tiny budget, but the passion and skill of everyone who worked on it shines through in the film’s quality. It is a huge honour to be selected for the Angel Film Awards, and to feature in an incredibly prestigious line up.[/quote]

A richly layered psychological drama that boasts powerful performances throughout, North Circular Road is also a strongly female-centred film and, according to producer Kathy Horgan, easily passes the well-known Bechdel-Wallace test, which requires a film have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

[quote title=”Kathy Horgan – Producer”]The Monaco International Film Festival is one of the most exciting platforms for filmmakers who have a vision of storytelling that goes beyond the ordinary. We are delighted that North Circular Road is being recognised among some of the best filmmaking in the world, and look forward to entertaining new audiences with this compelling and original Irish film.[/quote]

North Circular Road stars Lorna Larkin (The Light of Day) and Pat O’Donnell (Tin Can Man, The Looking Glass) and tells the story of weather forecaster Janice Cadogan, who begins to see disturbing visions of a troubled couple in her new home. Co-starring Patrick Molloy (Game of Thrones) and German actress Vanessa Richter, North Circular Road is a suspense-filled drama with a brilliant twist, brought to screen by producers Kathy Horgan and Michael Parle (star of Night People) of Dark Window Media.

An Irish cinema release for North Circular Road is currently being planned.