Irish Abroad: John Crowley’s Brooklyn to open the 34th Vancouver International Film Festival

Irish/British co-production Brooklyn, from director John Crowley, is set to open the 34th Vancouver International Film Festival, one of the five largest film festivals in North America.

Set in the 1950s, the film 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 Crowley has gathered an all-star Irish and British cast, 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 Board. The film was acclaimed following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, selling to US distributor Fox Searchlight for $9m. It will be released in Irish cinemas on November 6th.

Brooklyn is joined by fellow Irish films Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, Aoife Kelleher’s One Million Dubliners, and Pat Murphy’s Tana Bana at the festival, which runs September 24th to October 9th.