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Irish Oscar Nominee Steph Green’s Debut Feature Film Run & Jump Amongst Four Irish Films Selected For The Tribeca Film Festival

7th Mar 2013
The world premiere of the Irish feature film RUN & JUMP directed by Academy Award® nominated Steph Green (New Boy) will take place at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival next month together with Neil Jordan's BYZANTIUM, the US premiere of Lenny Abrahamson's WHAT RICHARD DID and horror film DARK TOUCH.

Speaking about RUN & JUMP's premiere at Tribeca, Steph Green said:  "I'm delighted Run and Jump has received an invitation to have its world premiere at such a tremendous film festival, and one where New Boy enjoyed success.  To feel this recognition from such a respected festival is an honour for me and for the film's many talented contributors from the Irish film industry".

Starring Saturday Night Live star Will Forte and Maxine Peake (Shameless, Silk), RUN AND JUMP is Green's debut feature following the success of her short film New Boy which won Best Narrative Short at Tribeca in 2009 and was nominated for an Oscar in 2010.  RUN AND JUMP is an emotional journey of family and recovery and is co-written with Ailbhe Keogan. 

Commenting on RUN AND JUMP Sharon Badel, programmers at the Tribeca Film Festival said "Steph Green's ‘New Boy' won the Best Narrative Short Award at Tribeca, and it's incredibly gratifying for Tribeca to have played a part in her filmmaking journey and now be able to present her feature directorial debut".

Both RUN AND JUMP and WHAT RICHARD DID will screen with 20 other international features and documentaries in the Viewpoints section of the Tribeca festival which focuses on stories told from distinctly male and female perspectives.

Neil Jordan's BYZANTIUM stars Saoirse Ronan and will screen along with films from well know filmmakers including Mira Nair, David Gordon Green, and Neil LaBute in the Spotlight section.

DARK TOUCH is a French Irish co-production  starring Marcella Plunket (Stella Days) and Padraic Delaney (The Wind that Shakes the Barley) and will have the honour of opening the Midnight section of the festival. DARK TOUCH is co-produced by Element Films in Ireland.

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre and has become one of the most important festivals on the international calendar.

The Tribeca Film Festival will take place in New York City April 17th - 28th.

Run and Jump was produced by Tamara Anghie, Martina Niland, Astrid Kahmke and Philipp Kreuzer for Samson Films and Bavaria Pictures.  It was funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), Eurimages , Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, Bavaria Pictures, DFFF, FFF Bayern, Senator Film München, Cine Postproduction.  Global Screen Entertainment is handling sales.

WHAT RICHARD DID is the third film from acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson, whose previous work includes GARAGE and ADAM & PAUL.  He is currently in post-production on FRANK which stars Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The film stars Jack Reynor, who is set to star in the next Transformers Hollywood blockbuster, as Richard Karlsen a golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers. The world is bright and everything seems possible, until one night Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him.

WHAT RICHARD DID was produced by Ed Guiney for Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe executive producing and was funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) and Screen Scene.

More about BYZANTIUM
Neil Jordan's latest feature film BYZANTIUM stars Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) and Gemma Arterton (St. Trinian's) as Eleanor and Clara, two mysterious and penniless young women who flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels.

Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. Clara, always looking towards the future, turns it into a ‘pop-up' brothel. Meanwhile Eleanor, the eternal schoolgirl, meets Frank, a kindred spirit who unwittingly prompts her to tell the truth about her life. She tells him that Clara is her mother; yet Clara is only a few years older. She says that she was born in 1804; yet she is just sixteen. She confesses that she must drink human blood to stay alive - and so must her mother. In the small, quiet town, people start to die.  And the past that the girls have been running from for so long, finally catches up with them - with astonishing consequences.

Dublin's Parallel Films co-produced with Number9 Films in the UK with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Bord (IFB), Demarest Films, StudioCanal and Lipsync.

DARK TOUCH is directed and written by Marina de Van and tells the story of Niamh, the lone survivor of a bloody massacre after the furniture and objects in her family's isolated house take on a monstrous life of their own. The police ignore her wild stories and the family friends and social worker who take her in try to introduce a new life. But in this psychological thriller, Niamh is unable to leave her violent past behind her, endangering everyone who crosses her path. The film is produced by Element Pictures, Filmgate Films and Ex Nihlo/Agat Films with Wild Bunch looking after international sales.  
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