Congratulations to Three Irish Titles Selected for 36th Istanbul Film Festival

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Congratulations to Three Irish Titles Selected for 36th Istanbul Film Festival

Congratulations to three IFB-funded films selected for the Istanbul Film Festival, taking place from 5 – 15 April. John Butler’s Handsome Devil, Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture and Volker Schloendorff’s Return to Montauk will screen at festival, which is now in its 36th year.

Produced by Rebecca  O’Flanagan and Rob Walpole for Treasure Entertainment and starring Irish actors Andrew Scott, Moe Dunford, Amy Huberman and Ardal O’Hanlon alongside Fionn O’Shea and Nicholas Galitzine, Handsome Devil follows the story of the unlikely friendship of boarding school roommates Ned (O’Shea) and Conor (Galitzine). Despite taking an instant dislike to each other, they are encouraged by their English teacher Dan Sherry (Scott) to find their own voices and defy the status quo of their rugby-obsessed school. As the two bond over music, an unlikely and inspiring friendship begins to blossom. The film recently won Best Irish Feature at ADIFF and has already been hailed as “potentially the best movie of 2017.”

Adapted from Sebastian Barry’s award-winning novel, The Secret Scripture centres on Rose McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), an elderly woman who has lived in state institutions for over 50 years. Despite her bleak surroundings there is a light in her eyes that cannot be extinguished. Dr. Stephen Grene (Eric Bana) is drawn to her, compelled to discover her past and help gain her freedom.  Through Lady Rose’s ‘scripture’, a life of extraordinary love and great injustice emerges, revealing a remarkable young woman of courage, whose only crime was to fall in love. Directed by Oscar-nominated Irish director Jim Sheridan, the film was produced by Noel Pearson and Rob Quigley for Ferndale Films.

Following its world premiere at the 67th Berlinale, where it also screened in Competition, Volker Schloendorff’s Return to Montauk marks the first original screenplay from renowned Irish author Colm Tóibín. The film centres on writer Max Zorn (Stellan Skarsgard), who comes to New York for the release of his latest novel. His partner Clara has been there for a few months in preparation for the event. However, Max is also yearning for another woman from his past, Rebecca. When he manages to find her again, they travel together to Montauk, the place that encapsulates their love. As Max’s increasingly autobiographical novel unfolds, he will have to accept that the past cannot be rewritten. They can return to the place of their romance, but can their love be rekindled? An Irish/German co-production, Irish producers on the film include Conor Barry and John Keville of Savage Productions.

The Festival features an international competition, provides a showcase for recent Turkish film productions, and thus represents a rewarding medium where Turkish and foreign filmmakers get together. The Festival draws a special interest to world classics, presenting retrospective, and curated sections included in its programme which comprises approximately 200 titles, making the Festival the most comprehensive film festival in Turkey. With an audience of 90,000 in 2016, it is also considered the biggest film festival.

Handsome Devil, The Secret Scripture and Return to Montauk have all been supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board. 

About the Istanbul Film Festival
The Istanbul Film Festival draws a special interest in world classics, presenting retrospective and curated section included in its programme which comprises of approximately 200 titles, making the festival the most comprehensive film festival in Turkey. For more info, click here