High Point joins the Cannes Race
by Naman Ramachandran
07/05/2008 - Cary Fitzgerald’s High Point Films has acquired international rights for Irish/German co-production The Race, currently in pre-production. German filmmaker André F Nebe, who had earlier made the award-winning short Tricky Fingers, will direct the film.
Michael Garland and Paul Donovan of Grand Pictures (Puffball [trailer]) will be the Ireland producers, with Martin Hagemann of Zero Fiction (The Children of Huang Shi) co-producing out of Germany. The film will shoot in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and will be the first Grand Pictures film to be produced under the Irish Film Board’s Multiple Project Development Scheme.
Starring Colm Meaney (Kings) and Susan Lynch (Elizabeth: The Golden Age [trailer]), the film focuses on the journey of an 11-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a race car driver and gets an opportunity to prove her mettle in a local go-cart race.
Fitzgerald said, “The Race is a thoroughly heart-warming, universal story in the tradition of Billy Elliot, but with its own distinctive pulse, about how self belief and dedication can triumph against even the most seemingly insurmountable odds. With a combination of Grand Pictures’ great talent as producers, an exciting new director and a terrific script, this bears all the hallmarks of a real Grand Prix winner!”
“From first draft to now we’ve developed an excellent dialogue with High Point, who have shown a tremendous amount of invaluable support and belief in the project and demonstrate a genuine understanding of how to handle films internationally,” added Garland.