Hot off the back of his Oscar® win for The Shore it has been announced that Terry George’s Whole Lotta Sole will have its world premiere at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival in April. Whole Lotta Sole, which filmed on location in Northern Ireland last year, will feature in the Spotlight section of the Festival.

In a rowdy little corner of Belfast, hapless young father Jimbo tries to protect his family from the gangster he’s in debt to by robbing the local fish market… which turns out to be a front for the same gangster! On the run, Jimbo holes up in a local antique shop run by a long-lost man from his past. A colorful cast of character actors and a strong turn from Brendan Fraser light up this madcap Irish crime comedy.

Whole Lotta Sole received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It was written by Thomas Gallagher and Terry George and directed by Terry George. It also stars local actor Martin McCann (Killing Bono, The Pacific) in the role of Jimbo, he is joined by Colm Meaney (Intermission, Kings), Yaya Dacosta (The Kids are Alright, Ugly Betty) and David O’Hara (Braveheart, The Departed).

Whole Lotta Sole is produced by Belfast-based Generator Entertainment.

The Spotlight section, screens 34 films, 22 narratives and 12 documentaries that demonstrate the breadth of films at the Tribeca Film Festival. Nineteen films in the selection will have their world premieres at the Festival.

“The Spotlight program is a wonderful encapsulation of the originality and diversity of filmmaking that Tribeca seeks to highlight. We have films from emerging filmmakers as well as seasoned veterans, narratives that showcase stellar performances and insightful writing, and documentaries that challenge and inform their audiences,” said Frédéric Boyer, newly appointed Artistic Director of the Tribeca Film Festival.

“It was important that we head into Tribeca’s second decade highlighting projects that were attuned to the pulse of our cultural climate,” said Director of Programming Genna Terranova. “That said, both consciousness and levity play a prominent role in this year’s selection. We are also eager to introduce audiences to a group of films that are reworking genres and testing traditional modes of storytelling.”

The 11th Tribeca Film Festival will take place from 18th to 29th April 2012 in lower Manhattan.


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