24 January 2021 The Irish Film & Television Network
IFTA Screen Discussions continue with The Breadwinner, The Hole in the Ground, A Good Woman is Hard to Find & Calm with Horses
22 Jun 2020 : News Desk
IFTA Screen Discussions
The IFTA Screen Discussion Series continues this week with an online discussion of The Breadwinner tomorrow 3pm with director Nora Twomey and producer Paul Young, with cast & crew from The Hole in the Ground, A Good Woman is Hard to Find & Calm with Horses joining over the course of the week.

Continuing tomorrow at 3 pm, the IFTA Screen Discussions series focuses on The Breadwinner, with Director Nora Twomey and Producer Paul Young. The event will take place via zoom, including audience Q&A.

The Oscar-nominated animated film, from Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon, marks the solo feature debut of director Nora Twomey. It follows the company’s previous films The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, both of which also received Oscar nominations. The Breadwinner follows Parvana, an 11-year-old girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family. Working alongside a friend, she soon discovers a new world of freedom and danger. Drawing strength from the fantastical stories she invents, Parvana embarks on an epic quest to find her father and reunite her family.

You can register for the discussion with The Breadwinner’s Nora Twomey and Paul Young HERE

On Wednesday 24th at 3 pm the Academy will be joined by recently-announced Evil Dead: Now Director Lee Cronin, co-Writer Stephen Shields, Actors Seána Kerslake & James Quinn Markey, and Producer John Keville to discuss their breakout horror film The Hole in the Ground. The critically-acclaimed horror follows Sarah whose young son disappears into the woods behind their rural home. When he returns, he looks the same, but his behaviour grows increasingly disturbing. Sarah begins to believe that the boy who returned may not be her son at all.  You can register for this event HERE

Thursday 25th at 3 pm sees A Good Woman is Hard to Find’s Sarah Bolger, Director Abner Pastoll and Academy Award-nominated, IFTA-nominated, and BAFTA-winning writer Ronan Blaney join the academy to discuss the thriller. The film stars Bolger as a young, recently widowed mother who will go to any length to protect her children as she seeks the truth behind her husband's murder. The film was shot in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, as well as in Belgium, and premiered at celebrated genre-festival Fantasia Fest in 2019 to rave reviews. You can register for this event HERE

Rounding off the week is Calm With Horses.  Director Nick Rowland, writer Joe Murtagh, and Cast Niamh Algar and Cosmo Jarvis join the Academy to discuss their dark, Irish thriller on Friday June 26th at 2 pm.  Calm with Horses had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival late last year and is adapted from a Colin Barrett short story. It follows ex-boxer Douglas `Arm' Armstrong (Jarvis) has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic five-year-old son, Jack and repair his relationship with Jack’s mother Ursula (Algar.). You can register for this event HERE.

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