The debut feature film Five Day Shelter by Ger Leonard has been selected for the Official Competition of the Rome International Film Festival. One of only 16 films selected for the competition, Five Day Shelter follows several characters through an urban landscape over the course of five days.
Produced by Liam O’Neill of Paradox Pictures (former chairman of Filmbase) and Northern Ireland’s RedRay Films, and penned and helmed by director Ger Leonard, Five Day Shelter’s ensemble cast includes John Lynch (Stephen), Kate Dickie (Jean), Michael Fitzgerald (Nick), Marcella Plunkett (Alison), Ger Ryan (Jackie), Stella McCusker (Margaret), and 10-year-old Emma Tuthill in a compelling first performance as the young Jess.
The film was shot by well known cinematographer Tim Fleming best known for the successful, Once. Five Day Shelter was shot on location in Dundalk County Louth.
Developed by Paradox Pictures with funding from the Irish Film Board; the production finance was provided by The Irish Film Board and the IFB Regional Fund, Section 481, Irish Screen Entertainment and Northern Ireland Screen.
The screening in Rome will be followed closely by a screening at the Corona Cork Film Festival in early November 2010. For more information on the Rome International Film Festival visit www.romacinemafest.it