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Colin Farrell film for Toronto festival

Tuesday, August 19 15:06:45

'Song of the Sea', the new animated feature film from Kilkenny-based studio Cartoon Saloon, and Miss Julie starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain, will both have their World Premieres in Toronto.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month will give the two films global exposure.

Directed by Tomm Moore, 'Song of the Sea' is Cartoon Saloon's eagerly-awaited follow-up to their Academy Award nominated feature 'The Secret of Kells', which won international acclaim and received multiple awards worldwide and the film will screen as part of the children's section of the TIFF.

"I am excited to be screening 'Song of the Sea' at the Toronto International Film festival for its world premiere. This film has been a labour of love for many years now for our team of artists, not just here in Ireland but in all five of our co-production studios. It is an honour to premiere it at such a prestigious festival. I trust it will prove a great launch pad for the film internationally to animation fans and families who are looking for a film full of music, magic and myth" said the film's director Tomm Moore.

James Hickey, Chief Executive Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board said "We are very proud that both 'Song of the Sea' and 'Miss Julie' have been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival, where we hope they achieve both critical acclaim and international sales. Both films showcase the wide range of creative talent working in Ireland across animation and live action filmmaking. We believe that "Song of the Sea" has everything it takes to achieve similar success to the 'Secret of Kells' which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film in 2010."

Both films are eligible for the festival's Audience Award and Miss Julie will also compete for the International Federation of Film Critics Award which is awarded to a film in the Special Presentations programme.

Directed by Liv Ulman Miss Julie stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton and tells the story of an aristocrat's daughter (Chastain) in 19th century Fermanagh who attempts to seduce her father's valet (Farrell), in an affair which quickly goes to dark places. Miss Julie was co-produced by Subotica in Ireland and filmed on location in Fermanagh.

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