Irish Abroad: Room and The Teacup head to Warsaw

Following premieres at festival across Canada and the United States, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room comes to Europe with a UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 11th being followed by a continental European premiere at the 31st Warsaw Film Festival in Poland on October 16th.

Room sees writer Emma O’Donoghue adapt her own best-selling novel, which is told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother. To him the room is his world, but his mother knows different having been held there for 7 years.

The film stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). The film also features Sean Bridgers (Rectify), Tom McCamus (The Samaritan) and Megan Park (What If). Room is an Element Pictures and No Trace Camping production, in association with Telefilm Canada, Film4, and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board. It will be released in Irish cinemas on January 15th.

Room will be joined in Warsaw by Elif Boyacioglu’s animated short The Teacup. Boyacioglu is a graduate of the Irish School of Animation at Ballyfermot College of Further Education, receiving a BA in Animation. The Teacup is her first film, and tells the story of a man who was afraid to go out…

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The Warsaw Film Festival (WFF) is organized by the Warsaw Film Foundation in Warsaw, Poland. Its aim is to present the best films from all over the world to Polish and international audience, and to encourage better communication and understanding between people living in different countries and of different cultural backgrounds. It has been listed by Variety as one of the Top 20 European film festivals.