#IrishAbroad: Ian FitzGibbon’s Dark Lies The Island heads to the Paris Co-production Village

12 new projects from across Europe, Asia and Latin America have been selected for the third edition of the Paris Co-production Village, including the latest film from Death Of A Superhero director Ian FitzGibbon, titled Dark Lies The Island.

The village is a joint venture between Les Arcs European Film Festival and the Champs Elysées Film Festival, and will run from June 8th to 10th in the French capital. Its aim is to connect international film-makers and producers with French production and sales partners.

Dark Lies The Island is a feature film with a script from Kevin Barry, based on characters from his short story collection of the same name. The gripping collection contains 13 short stories, about misspent love and crimes gone horribly wrong.

The film will be directed by Ian FitzGibbon, who along with Barry and Grand Pictures producer Michael Garland gave us the moving short film Breakfast Wine. That short was an adaptation of Barry’s story from his Rooney Prize for Irish Literature-winning collection There Are Little Kingdoms.

Speaking on the news producer Michael Garland said:

Dark Lies The Island will be relatively low budget and we intend casting well-known Irish actors who are already fans of Kevin’s work.

In addition to the Irish entrant the Village will feature a territory focus on Colombian cinema in partnership with Proimágenes Colombia. Under the focus, three Colombian projects have been invited to the village and there will be a conference to discuss French-Colombian co-productions.

In addition, the six residents of Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation will also join the selection.

Paris Co-production Village Projects
Director: Frances Bodomo
Nomadic Independence (US)

Blood-Drenched Beard
Director: Aly Muritiba
RT Features (Brazil)

The Bus to Amerika
Director: Derya Durma
Mars Production (Turkey)

Dark Lies the Island
Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
Grand Pictures (Ireland)

God Exists, her Name is Petrunija
Director: Teona Strugar Mitevska
Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production (Macedonia)

Golden Voices
Director: Evgeny Ruman
United Channel Movies (Israel)

Director: Sebastian Muñoz produced
Niña Niño Films (Chile) Le Tiro Films (Argentina)

Remarkable Things During a Killing
Director: Joko Anwar
Lo-Fi Flicks (Indonesia)

When the Waves are Gone
Director: Lav Diaz
Epicmedia (The Philippines)

Almost Never Too Late
Director: Alfonso Acosta
Cabecitanegra Producciones (Colombia)

The Stone
Director: Rafael Martinez Moreno
Miramar Entertainment (Colombia)

The Tailor
Director: TBC
Corte Film, Tree House Film (Panama) and Diafragma (Colombia)

Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation projects:

  • Feathers of a Father – Omar El Zohairy (Egypt)
  • Fronteira – Nuno Baltazar (Portugal)
  • Letters from the Land of the Tarahumara – Federico Cecchetti (Mexico/France)
  • Tinnitus – Gregorio Grazios (Brazil)
  • The Users – Ivan Ikic (Serbia)
  • Disappearance – Ali Asgari (Iran)