The prestigious Berlin Film Festival has selected Irish filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan’s latest film, Dollhouse, to screen in the Panorama section of the festival. Sheridan will attend the world premiere screening of her film at the event, the 62nd film festival in Berlin. Dollhouse, shot during 2011 in Dublin, is Sheridan’s first film as writer and director – it marks her third feature film as director.
It explores a night in the life of a group of street teens from Dublin’s inner city who break into an upper class house in Dalkey. The break-in quickly moves into a night of frenzy, driven by a series of revelations that will leave lasting marks on each of them, and resulting in a emotional conclusion that they will carry with them. Provocative and challenging, the film is scheduled for theatrical release in Ireland before Summer 2012. It is the first release from The Factory, a Dublin-based creative filmmaking collective. The film was funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board and Lightstream Pictures. The film was produced by John Wallace, and stars Seana Kerslake, Johnny Ward, Shane Curry, Kate Stanley Brennan, Ciaran McCabe and Jack Reynor.
‘It’s an amazing honour to have a film selected for the Berlin FilmFestival, all the team involved are really excited to have the WorldPremiere of the film at such a prestigious event,” commented Sheridan. ”We’re aware that Berlin audiences are very receptive to international cinema, and we think this will be the ideal launch pad for the film internationally. The filmmaking process was extremely intensive, so we’re looking forward to seeing the reaction of audiences.’
James Hickey, Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish Film Board Chief Executive said ‘We are delighted that Dollhouse directed by Kirsten Sheridan and featuring a host of upcoming talented Irish cast, will have such a prestigious world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. A strong presence in Berlin and Sundance marks a excellent beginning to 2012 for Irish cinema, as the Irish film industry continues to be well represented at the highest levels on the international stage.’
The festival, considered within the industry as one of the most influential in the world, takes place between 9th – 19th February .The Panorama section at the Berlin Film Festival defines its mission as building bridges between artistic vision and commercial appeal. In the Panorama programme there are new films by renowned directors, debut films and new discoveries. The selection of films provides insight on new directions in cinema. Traditionally, ‘Auteur Films’ movies with an individual signature form the heart of the programme.
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I had the misfortune to be invited to a screening of this movie. Possibly the single most tragic waste of talent I’ve witnessed for quite some time. This movie has absolutely nothing to recommend it and should be mercifully laid to rest at the earliest opportunity.