Irish Paraguayan Feature Documentary Eliza Lynch – Queen of Paraguay was presented at a Private Gala Screening at the Central Bank Auditorium, Asuncion, Paraguay on Wednesday 10 April 2013.
Acclaimed Irish actress Maria Doyle Kennedy (who played Eliza) attended the screening which was hosted by Conor McEnroy, Chairman of Sudameris Bank and in the presence of His Excellency President Frederico Franco.
Eliza Lynch – Queen of Paraguay is a love story between the beautiful, imperious Eliza, Heroine of Paraguay and the President Francisco Solano Lopez, is one of the most intriguing, and yet one of the least known epic lives of modern history.
This is the first time an Irish documentary has been shown in Paraguay, capturing the epic story of Irishwoman Eliza Lynch, the “Queen of Paraguay” in a story of hunger, war and wealth, of family, love, tragedy and loss.
Produced by Stuart Switzer of Ireland’s Coco Television and Directed by renowned Irish director and filmmaker, Alan Gilsenan, this powerful documentary film Eliza Lynch – Queen of Paraguay tells the story of this epic catastrophe through the eyes of Eliza Lynch. Born in Charleville, County Cork in 1833, she was the most famous woman in all of South America in the 19th century; and, as deliberately distorted by her enemies, the most infamous.
Shot in many locations in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, France, England and in Eliza’s native Ireland throughout 2012, the final scenes of Eliza Lynch – Queen of Paraguay, were shot in Feb 2013 with Maria Doyle Kennedy.