IFB-funded films, Muse and The Lodgers, Release Posters Ahead of Cannes Film Festival

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IFB-funded films, Muse and The Lodgers, Release Posters Ahead of Cannes Film Festival

Two IFB-funded films, Jaume Balagueró's Muse and Brian O'Malley's The Lodgers have released their poster artwork, just in time for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Filmed on location in Ireland, Belgium, and Spain, Muse was produced by Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell at Fantastic Films alongside Filmax, and stars Christopher Lloyd, Joanne Whalley, Elliot Cowan, Franka Potente Ana Ularu, Manuela Vellés, and Leonor Watling.

Since the tragic and unexpected death of his girlfriend, Samuel, a professor of literature, suffers a recurring nightmare in which a woman is brutally murdered by a strange ritual. When the same woman who appears every night in his dreams is found dead in identical circumstances, Samuel sneaks into the crime scene to investigate. There he meets Rachel, a young woman who does not know anything but claims she also dreamed of the murder.

Together, they will make every effort to discover the identity of the mystery woman, plunging into a dark world ruled by the muses that inspired the poets of all time.

The Lodgers is set in 1920's rural Ireland during its war of independence and tells the story of Anglo-Irish twins Rachel and Edward who are just about to turn eighteen. They reside in a crumbling manor on the edge of a village, where they have lived alone since their parents' untimely death. Except they are not entirely alone-for they share the house with an unseen spiritual force which resides in the basement, known only as The Lodgers. The twins must live by very strict rules set out by The Lodgers, or face unknown and devastating punishments.

The film was financed by the IFB and Epic Pictures (who are also handling World sales) and was directed by Brian O'Malley, written by David Turpin, and produced by Ruth Treacy and Julianne Forde of Tailored Films.

The poster artwork was based on a concept by Julianne Forde and was designed by director O'Malley, and it features an image of the legendary Loftus Hall (the main location of the film), as well as the idea of reflections between the twins (one above and one beneath the water's surface). This reinforces the supernatural theme in the film in which 'The Lodgers' reside below the twins, in the basement.

Muse and The Lodgers will both be selling at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. For a full list of Irish films screening and selling at Cannes, please click here