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Four New Irish Feature Films Hit Cinemas in March

4th Mar 2011 Four Irish feature films including Juanita Wilson's IFTA-winning As If I Am Not There, Mark O'Connor's Between The Canals, PJ Dillon's Rewind and David Keating's Wake Wood all have cinema releases in Ireland in March.

The release dates are as follows:
  • As If I Am Not There, Friday 4th March
  • Between The Canals, Friday 18th March
  • Rewind, Friday 25th March
  • Wake Wood, Friday 25th March

More information about the films

Juanita Wilson's critically acclaimed directorial debut AS IF I AM NOT THERE tells the story of a young woman from Sarajevo whose life is shattered the day a young soldier walks into her apartment and tells her to pack her things.  Rounded up with the other women from the village and imprisoned in a warehouse in a remote region of Bosnia, she quickly learns the rules of camp life. 

Wilson, whose short film THE DOOR was nominated for a Best Short Film Oscar last year has been named as one of Variety's Ten Directors to Watch in 2011.  AS IF I AM NOT THERE picked up three IFTA's - Best Film, Best Director and Best Script.  The film was produced by Nathalie Lichtenthaler and James Flynn for Octagon Films and will be distributed by Element Pictures Distribution.

Written and directed by Mark O'Connor, BETWEEN THE CANALS centres in Dublin's north inner city, where Liam is a small-time criminal whose life consists of dealing drugs, getting into fights and sticking by his friends. But now his girlfriend is pregnant and he wants to change all that to become an electrician and a provider for his new family.  Produced by Deirdre Barry for Avalon Films, the film recently screened at the Capital Irish Film Festival in Washington D.C.

REWIND tells the story of Karen who lives a straightforward and happy life in a small town with her well-to-do husband and young daughter. One day an old acquaintance, Karl, turns up unexpectedly. With him he brings memories of Karen's shady past, invading and shattering her new idyllic present. The debut feature from PJ Dillon, REWIND was written by Roger Karshan, Ronan Carr and PJ Dillon. It was produced by Alex Jones and John Wallace for Carbon Films and stars Allen Leech, Amy Huberman and Owen McDonnell.  The film premiered at last year's Galway Film Fleadh and picked up an IFTA 2011 award for Best Lead Actress (Amy Huberman).

The villagers of Wake Wood perform an ancient ritual to bring the dead back to life for three days, in order to say farewell before their journey to the spirit world. A young couple beg the villagers to bring their daughter back but find themselves unable to lose her for a second time. Their attempts to keep her alive mean they must pay a terrible price.  Written by Brendan McCarthy and David Keating, the film was produced by Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell for Fantastic Films.  The main cast includes Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle, Timothy Spall and Ella Connolly.  Wake Wood will be distributed by Vertigo Films.

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