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Irish-supported films to get world premiere screenings at Cannes

John Boorman’s latest join Jimmy’s Hall for the prestigious film festival next month.

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TWO IRISH-SUPPORTED films have received the Cannes nod and will be given their world premieres at the prestigious film festival this summer during Directors’ Fortnight.

Queen and Country

One is directed by longtime director John Boorman. Queen and Country is the sequel to his Oscar-nominated film Hope and Glory, and was produced with support from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

It has been chosen for the Directors’ Fortnight selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, which takes place from 15- 25 May.

The film is set 10 years after Hope and Glory (1952) and centres on the same characters. It stars Caleb Landry Jones as an 18-year-old who joins the National Service and befriends a prankster.

The pair become instructors in a training camp while others are shipped out to fight in the Korean War.

The film also stars Pat Short, Sinead Cusack, Callum Turner, David Thewlis and Richard E Grant.

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Jimmy’s Hall

James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board (IFB) said that Ireland will be “well represented” at Cannes.

Not only with Queen and Country get its world premier, but so will Irish film Jimmy’s Hall in Official Competition:

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Boorman’s last film to screen at Cannes was the Irish film The General, for which he won the award for Best Director in 1998.

Previous Irish films to have been selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes include Lenny Abrahamson’s Garage, Ruairí Robinson’s Last Days on Mars, and Rebecca Daly’s The Other Side of Sleep.

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