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CANNES 2006 Ireland

Two films in competition and 13 at the market

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In two days, Irish actors Cillian Murphy and Liam Cunningham from Breakfast On Pluto [+see also:
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and rising stars Padraic Delaney (Pure Mule) and Orla Fitzgerald (Love is the Drug) will walk up the red carpet with director Ken Loach for the world premiere at Cannes of The Wind That Shakes The Barley [+see also:
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, co-produced by Ireland’s Element Films and co-financed by the Irish Film Board. Another Irish co-production, Red Road [+see also:
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by UK filmmaker Andrea Arnold, co-produced by Carrie Comerford, will screen in competition on May 20.

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Another 13 feature films will be sold at the market, including Marion Comer’s debut film 48 Angels, produced by Ireland’s 2006 Producer on the Move John McDonnell; Paul Mercier’s Studs, sold by Moviehouse Entertainment; Mark Hammond’s Johnny Was, sold by Nordisk Film International Sales; and Patrick Kenny’s directorial debut, Winter’s End.

Irish films currently in production include John Boorman’s The Tiger’s Tail, sold by Moviehouse Entertainment; Paddy Breathnach’s latest film, Shrooms, sold by Capitol Films; and David Gleeson’s The Front Line [+see also:
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, sold by High Point Films.

The Irish Pavilion, a joint marketing initiative between the Irish Film Board and The Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission will, as usual, provide the best central point for the Irish presence at Cannes, promoting Irish film and Ireland as a film location. It will be launched on May 21 by Ireland’s Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O’Donoghue.

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