Image from the film the lobster

Irish film showcased at Cannes Film Festival 2017

20 May 2017

Irish film The Killing of a Sacred Deer is nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or.

An impressive array of Irish film talent is on display at the iconic festival, including It’s Not Dark Yet, MAZE and Twice Shy; while director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer is in serious contention for 2017’s prestigious Palme d’Or.

Starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, director Lanthimos might just follow his 2015 Cannes Jury Prize win for The Lobster (also starring Farrell) with the coveted cinematic award. Should the film be awarded the prize, it would be the first Irish film to do so since Ken Loach’s 2006 film The Wind that Shakes the Barley.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, will visit Cannes as part of a four-day culture mission which includes engagements in Brussels and Paris. The Minister will address the Irish Film Board’s annual networking event, which will be attended by up to 400 international and Irish film industrial professions, as part of the festival and hold a series of bilateral meetings with key political and industry contacts including the Belgian Culture Minister.

Like The Lobster and Academy Award-winning Room, The Killing of a Sacred Deer was also produced by Dublin’s Element Pictures with support from the Irish Film Board (IFB). Funding and supporting Irish film since 1980, just some of IFB’s notable international successes include Brooklyn, Calvary, Once and Song of the Sea. 

A wealth of original Irish film will also be sold and internationally distributed via Cannes this year. From recent Cork-based comedy The Young Offenders to John Butler’s critically-acclaimed Handsome Devil and Cartoon Saloon and Angelina Jolie’s animated collaboration The Breadwinner, the respected French festival offers an incredible opportunity to showcase Ireland’s immense film culture and creativity to the world.

Read more about Irish film at Cannes, here