The Irish feature film Mammal starring Academy Award® nominated and Golden Globe® winning actress Rachel Griffiths  and rising Irish star Barry Keoghan  continues its run of festival selections with the news that it will have its European premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands and that it is also selected for the Gothenburg International Film Festival in Sweden which is Scandinavia’s largest film event.

The announcements come ahead of the film’s world premiere at the A-list Sundance Film Festival later this month.

Mammal, which co-stars Michael McElhatton and Johnny Ward  is the story of a woman (Griffiths) who has lost her son and develops an unorthodox relationship with a homeless youth (Keoghan).  Their tentative trust is threatened by his involvement with a violent gang and the escalation of her ex-husband’s (McElhatton) grieving rage.

Directed by Rebecca Daly and written by Daly and Glenn Montgomery, Mammal was selected as part of the first Berlinale Residency, a programme organised by the Berlin International Film Festival to support writer/directors develop their new projects.  Daly’s debut feature The Other Side of Sleep premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight.

Mammal was produced by Macdara Kelleher and Conor Barry for Fastnet Films (Strangerland, Kisses, What If) and was funded by the Irish Film Board (IFB), Luxembourg Film Fund, BAI, TV3 and the Netherlands Film Fund.  Picture Tree are the films sales agent.

Wildcard Distribution will be releasing the film in Irish cinemas later this year.


International Film Festival Rotterdam takes place 27th January – 7th February.

Gothenburg International Film Festival takes place 29th January – 8th February.


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