Adapted from the 2008 award-winning novel by Sebastian Barry, the latest film from director Jim Sheridan, The Secret Scripture will open the 2017 edition of Irish Screen America.

Irish Screen America is a bi-coastal film and media festival that showcases some of the best new films from Ireland each year in Los Angeles and New York. The festival will run from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th of September at the Aero Cinematheque in Los Angeles and Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st of October at NYU’s Cantor Film Center in New York.

The Secret Scripture is the hidden memoir of Roseanne McNulty, played by Vanessa Redgrave, confined to a Roscommon mental hospital for fifty years, and revealing the history of her passionate yet tortured life, and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and ’30s. As well as the Oscar-winning Redgrave, the film stars Rooney Mara (A Ghost Story, Carol), rising star Jack Reynor (Free Fire, Sing Street), and Aidan Turner (Poldark, The Tudors). Eric Bana and Theo James also star. The Secret Scripture is a powerful story of love, loss, and belated redemption.

Director of Irish Screen America, Niall McKay said: “It is our pleasure to welcome back Jim Sheridan, the original pioneer of Irish cinema in the U.S., to our festival which strives to showcase all of the talent that exists in the trail which he blazed.” Irish Screen America supports and guides Irish media-makers by showcasing their work and fostering partnerships in the two largest cities for the entertainment industry in the United States – New York and Los Angeles. The festival hosts screenings, industry panels, discussions and masterclasses.

The full line-up for both the Los Angeles and New York legs of the Irish Screen America festival will be revealed at a launch party at 62 Merrion Square in Dublin on Monday, September 4th at 5:30pm.

The Secret Scripture premieres on Thursday, September 21st at 7:30pm in The Linwood Dunn Theater, at the Academy’s Pickford Center in Los Angeles and on Friday, September 29th at 7:30pm at the NYU Cantor Film Center in New York. The film will be preceded by an opening night reception and followed by a Q+A with director Jim Sheridan.

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