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CANNES 2011 UK / Ireland

Industry celebrates Cannes selections


Industry celebrates Cannes selections

The British and Irish film industries are exulting in this year’s few, but high quality, Cannes selections.

Lynne Ramsay’s much talked up We Need to Talk about Kevin (photo) is in official competition (see the news), as is Paolo Sorrentino’s Irish/French/Italian co-production This Must Be the Place [+see also:
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(see the news), which has been acquired for UK distribution by Artificial Eye.

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Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, restored by Warner Bros, will feature in the Cannes Classics programme.

Tanya Seghatchian, Head of the Film Fund, British Film Institute (BFI), said, “Lynne has made a stunning, audacious and compelling film about modern motherhood and it is a testimony to her extraordinary vision and reach as a world class filmmaker that the film will be premiering at the festival.”

Amanda Nevill, CEO, BFI said, “It’s great to see such an exciting new British film alongside a restored British classic at Cannes this year. Congratulations to both Lynne Ramsay for making one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, and to Warner Bros for bringing Kubrick’s classic A Clockwork Orange back to the screen.”

Irish Film Board Chairman James Morris said, “A film such as This Must Be The Place has created a wide range of benefits for Ireland. First of all, it created jobs and spend in the Irish economy on local goods and services when it filmed on location here. The film will now go on to promote Ireland in a positive light internationally to millions of audiences around the world. And of course it has also provided great opportunities for Irish industry professionals to work with world class talent such as Sean Penn, Frances McDormand and Paolo Sorrentino.”

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