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Three Irish films selected for Rotterdam Film Festival Line-Up

14th Jan 2011 The Irish feature PARKED, documentary OFF THE BEATEN TRACK and the Irish/Slovenian co-production SILENT SONATA have all been officially selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) later this month.

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is one of the larger film festivals in Europe alongside Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Locarno.  Founded in 1972 the festival has profiled itself as a promoter of alternative and innovative films.

Directed by Darragh Byrne and written by Ciaran Creagh PARKED tells the story of Fred Daly who lives a quiet lonely life in his car until the dope-smoking 21 year old with a positive attitude Cathal becomes his neighbour.  Cathal's infectious energy rubs off on Fred's life and he makes a friend in Jules, an attractive music teacher who lives alone nearby.  As Fred struggles with his pride to tell Jules about his ‘home', Cathal's life is threatened by his escalating drug habit.  As they grow closer, the influence of these three outsiders on each other will change their lives forever.

The film which stars Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan and Milka Ahlroth had its world premiere at the Torino Film Festival in Italy in December.Produced by Jacqueline Kerrin and Dominic Wright for Ripple World Pictures and Aleksi Bardy for Helsinki-filmi, the film which shot on location in Dublin, was financed by the IFB and Finnish Film Foundation. 

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK is the Irish documentary directed by Dieter Auner which centres around a young shepherd in Transylvania whose trade comes under threat as his brother and friends migrate for seasonal work to Germany.   Produced by Suin Ni Raghallaigh, Dieter Auner and Cristian Mungiu for Ikandi Productions it was previously selected for the Transylvania International Film Festival last year.

Irish/Slovenian co-production SILENT SONATA, written and directed by Janez Burger, is a drama which tells the story of Stevo, who is left alone with his daughter and son and the dead body of their mother when the war finishes.  When a travelling circus comes to town they get to know the group of characters of all ages who make up the troupe and hope and laughter return to Stevo and his children.  Transformed by the heightened experience of the circus they decide to join it for a new life on the road.

An international co-production between Morgan Bushe for Fastnet Films in Ireland and Staragara Productions in Slovenia the film swept the boards picking up an impressive eight awards at its premiere at the Slovenian Film Festival last year.

The International Film Festival Rotterdam will take place from 26th January - 6th February
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