3 Irish films selected for Toronto International Film Festival

3 Irish films selected for Toronto International Film Festival

Three Irish films have been selected to be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Jim Sheridan's new movie The Secret Scripture, which starts Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave and Jack Reynor will have its world premiere at the festival.l, along with new film Unless from Alan Gilsenan and a new film from Irish filmmaker Aisling Walsh called Maudie, which stars Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.


All three were produced with the support of the Irish Film Board.

Commenting on the selection director Jim Sheridan (pictured) said: "It was so good to be back home to make this film. I loved bringing Sebastian Barry's moving novel to the big screen and I feel honoured for the freedom he gave me.


"Irish novels and stories are loved by people all over the world. Like Robbie Brady, I hope we can hit the back of the net with this one like Room and Brooklyn did. Fingers crossed. I’m also delighted to have a chance to bring the amazing cast back together for the world premiere."

Produced by Ferndale Films, The Secret Scripture was filmed on location in Dublin and Kilkenny with some scenes shot on Dollymount Strand and Portrane Beach.

Maudie will have a gala presentation at the festival and tell the unlikely love story in which a curmudgeonly miser hires a tiny disfigured woman to be his housekeeper, who becomes a well loved folk artist.

Unless stars Academy Award-nominated actress Catherine Keener as a mother whose eldest daughter Norah suddenly drops out of college, runs from the family and is found on a Toronto street corner, with a hand-lettered cardboard sign reading ‘Goodness’ on her chest.

The story follows her family as they struggle first to ‘rescue’ Norah, then to understand her incomprehensible decision in taking this strange path. Unless is produced by Subotica with support from the IFB.

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