Fitzgibbon's 'Death of A Superhero' joins Toronto International Film Festival line up


The Irish Film Board have reported that Ian Fitzgibbon’s Death Of A Superhero will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month and joins Rodrigo Garcia’s Albert Nobbs and Mary Harron’s The Moth Diaries, both of which were shot in Ireland, in the festival line-up.

The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most successful film festivals in the world.  The illustrious festival which was founded in 1976 has previously showcased independent films such as Juno, Slumdog Millionaire and Little Miss Sunshine and will take place from September 8th – 18th.

Based on the novel ‘Death of a Superhero’ by internationally acclaimed author Anthony McCarten, who also wrote the screenplay, Death Of A Superhero tells the story of Donald Clarke who, like most teenage boys craves sex and adventure but, unfortunately has a fatal disease.  He’s gifted, and has found a way to bring his considerable imagination to life through graphic art and comic drawings.  When Shelly arrives on the scene, cool and different from all the other girls, Donald falls for her and the rest of his life suddenly looks a lot brighter with her around….

It stars Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, Ink Heart), Thomas Brodie Sangster (Love Actually, Nowhere Boy), Michael McElhatton (Intermission, Adam & Paul, I Went Down), Jessica Schwarz (Perfume, The Door) and Aisling Loftus.  It is the second of Fitzgibbon’s feature films to be selected for the renowned festival as his last feature film Perrier’s Bounty screened two years ago.

Produced by Michael Garland for Grand Pictures (Ireland) and Astrid Kahmke and  Philipp Kreuzer for Bavaria Pictures, it was funded by the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board, German Federal Film Board, FilmFersehFonds Bavaria, Bavarian Banking Fund and MEDIA.

The Toronto International Film Festival will take place 8th – 18th September.

The Irish-Canadian co-production was produced by David Collins for Samson Films in association with Strada Films and Mediamax and received finance from Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, Telefilm Canada, Alliance and Lionsgate. The sales agent Wild Bunch has sold the film to numerous territories throughout the world including Pan Vision in Scandinavia.

ALBERT NOBBS stars five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close as a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Dublin.  The film which shot on location around Dublin city centre earlier this year is also produced by Close. 

The film which will have its world premiere at a special gala presentation, boasts an all-star line-up including Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre), Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass, Nowhere Boy), Janet McTeer (Into the Storm, Tumbleweeds), Pauline Collins (You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Shirley Valentine) as well as Irish actors Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Tudors) and Brendan Gleeson (The Guard). 

The film was produced by Alan Moloney for Parallel Films in Ireland along with Glenn Close, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn with funding from the Irish Film Board.  The US rights to the film were recently acquired by Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions and a US release is likely before the end of the year.

Close won an Obie Award in 1982 for playing the Nobbs character Off-Broadway in Simone Benmussa’s theatrical interpretation of the same George Moore novella that the film is based upon, “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs,” and she has been passionate to bring the character to the screen for almost 30 years. The New York Times raved of Close on stage, “The performance is transforming.” Industry pundits already rank her among those likely to be vying for an Oscar this season.

Rodrigo Garcia (Mother And Child) directs Albert Nobbs from a script that Gabriella Prekop, Man Booker prize-winning novelist John Banville and Glenn Close wrote based on a story by Istvan Szabo, adapted from the Moore novella. Albert Nobbs marks Close’s first screenplay credit, as well as her feature film producing debut.  Production companies are Trillium Productions, Mockingbird Pictures and Parallel Film Productions, with support from WestEnd Films and Chrysalis Films, as well as the participation of the Irish Film Board. The director of photography is Michael McDonough, the production designer is Oscar-winner Patrizia Von Brandenstein, the transformative make-up is by Oscar-winner Matthew Mungle, the editor is Steven Weisberg, the costume designer is Pierre-Yves Gayraud, and the composer is Brian Byrne.


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