Irish stars to light up Toronto Film Festival

Six movies and a raft of top Irish stars will highlight the best in homegrown talent at one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, it was revealed today.

Six movies and a raft of top Irish stars will highlight the best in homegrown talent at one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, it was revealed today.

Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson are just some of the leading lights expected at the gala bash in Toronto in September.

Neil Jordan’s new film 'Ondine', filmed in Co Cork last year, 'Perrier’s Bounty' with Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell’s flick 'Triage' will all have their world premiere at the international gathering.

Cameron Bailey, director of the Toronto International Film Festival, said they were thrilled to have such a high number of Irish films at this year’s event.

“It’s a testament to the health and diversity of Irish filmmaking and we’re looking forward to bringing Ireland to a North American audience through these great movies.”

The feature documentary film 'Colony' directed by Irish man Ross McDonnell and Carter Gunn, as well as 'Cracks' starring Eva Green will both also have their world premieres at the important international A-List festival.

'Eamon' directed by Margaret Corkery from Co Cork, which recently picked up the Independent Film Award at the Karlovy-Vary International Film Festival, will have its North American premiere.

Simon Perry, Chief Executive, Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board, said: “Selection by the Toronto International Film Festival is one of the industry’s most sought after badges of excellence.

“For Ireland to have this many films selected is evidence not only of last year’s record quantity of production but also of a very high level of quality in Irish filmmaking.”

The Toronto International Film Festival takes place from September 10 to 20.

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