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Tucker to direct Leap Year and Five Minutes Of Heaven to screen in Sundance

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Tucker to direct Leap Year and Five Minutes Of Heaven to screen in Sundance

British director Anand Tucker (And When Did You Last See Your Father? [+see also:
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) will direct romantic comedy Leap Year for Spyglass Entertainment.

The film is written by Harry Elfont and Deb Kaplan and will star Amy Adams as a woman who plans to propose to her boyfriend on February 29, the leap day. According to Irish tradition, a man receiving a proposal on that day must say yes.

The Irish Film Board (IFB) has said that an Irish co-producer is currently in discussions with Spyglass and co-producers Benderspink, to secure filming in Ireland in spring 2009.

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Meanwhile, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Five Minutes Of Heaven starring Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt and written by BAFTA winner Guy Hibbert, which was shot in Belfast this summer will enjoy its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, 2009.

Co-financed by Northern Ireland Screen, the film is produced by Big Fish Films and BBC NI Drama, with executive producers at Ruby Films. Pathé handling international sales. Pathé are also backing the film along with the IFB and Element Pictures, who is the Irish distributor.

The compete with Nicolas Winding’s Bronson, Josiane Balasko’s A French Gigolo and Lone Scherfig’s An Education in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

In other news, Steve McQueen’s Irish/UK co-production Hunger [+see also:
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will compete with Laurent Cantet’s The Class [+see also:
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, Matteo Garrone’s Gomorra [+see also:
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, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Secret of the Grain [+see also:
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and Carlos Reygadas’ Silent Light [+see also:
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for the Independent Spirit awards’ Best Foreign Film honour.

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