Lance Daly’s Life’s a Breeze is set to have its international premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month. The film, produced by Fastnet Films, showcases a host of Irish acting talent including Pat Shortt, Fionnula Flanagan and newcomer Kelly Thornton who picked up the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at the Galway Film Fleadh last month. Both Pat and Kelly will travel to the Toronto festival with director Lance Daly. Pat is currently starring in The Cripple of Inishmaan in the West End with Daniel Radcliffe who will also be in Toronto for a number of films including the Irish co-production The F Word (co-produced by Fastnet Films) which filmed in Dublin last year.
TIFF is the most high-profile public film festival in the world and has established itself as an important venue to showcase and launch films on an international stage. Life’s A Breeze will screen alongside some of the most eagerly awaited Hollywood films of the year at TIFF such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave which stars Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt, Ron Howard’s latest film Rush, about racing car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, and Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Speaking about the selection, Life’s A Breeze producer Macdara Kelleher, Fastnet Films said “We are delighted to be returning to the Toronto International Film Festival with Life’s A Breeze and The F Word. It’s one of the biggest film festivals in the world and a great place to launch a movie.”
Life’s A Breeze is close to securing a US theatrical distribution deal, details of which will be announced at the festival. The film is creating a buzz in the US with popular film website Twitch.com hailing it as “the next Full Monty”.
TIFF is the leading public film festival in the world and is one of the most important film festivals in North America, previously showcasing successful independent films such as Juno, Slumdog Millionaire and Little Miss Sunshine. Irish films have had a presence at the festival throughout the years with many films from Jim Sheridan’s In America, to Neil Jordan’s Ondine to Fastnet Film’s The Other Side of Sleep, Colony and Kisses which was also directed by Lance Daly.
The film, which will screen in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the festival, is a feel-good comedy about a family struggling to stay afloat and stay together through hard times in Ireland. Unemployed slacker Colm (Pat Shortt), his aging mother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan) and his niece Emma (Kelly Thornton) must overcome their many differences to lead their family in a race against time to find a lost fortune.
Life’s A Breeze is currently screening in selected cinemas throughout Ireland and will be available and DVD on Video on Demand later this year. TIFF will take place 5th – 15th September.
The film was produced by Dublin-based Fastnet Films, with the support of the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.