‘Joyrid­ers’ di­rec­tor off to Paris

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Ir­ish writer-di­rec­tor Re­becca Daly is one of six film-mak­ers se­lected for the latest Ciné­fon­da­tion Rési­dence pro­gramme in Paris, or­gan­ised by the Fes­ti­val de Cannes. Now un­der way, the four-month ses­sion en­ables direc­tors to de­velop their first or sec­ond fea­ture films with the help of ex­pe­ri­enced pro­duc­ers and direc­tors.

Joyrid­ers, which won Daly the Ifta award for best Ir­ish short film last year, will be re­leased at the new Light House Cin­ema in Smith­field, Dublin when the venue opens on May 9th. It will be shown with Na­dine Labaki’s fea­ture film Caramel, set in a Beirut beauty salon where five Le­banese women con­fide in each other. Labaki is a for­mer par­tic­i­pant in the Ciné­fon­da­tion Rési­dence pro­gramme.

Bring­ing the movies home

The Cinemo­bile is bring­ing three of the best re­cent US movies to Ir­ish au­di­ences with­out cine­mas in their ar­eas. Over the course of this month, the com­fort­able 100-seater mo­bile cin­ema will screen No Coun­try for Old Men, There Will Be Blood and Juno, all Os­car win­ners this year, on its tour of: Ardee, Co Louth; Castle­blaney, Co Mon­aghan; Castle­pol­lard, Co Meath; Head­ford and Gle­na­maddy, Co Gal­way, and Doolin and Bal­ly­vaughan in Co Clare. www.cinemo­bile.ie

Plum­mer, Mir­ren in Tol­stoy biopic

Since he played Cap­tain Von Trapp in The Sound of Mu­sic, Christo­pher Plum­mer has por­trayed a wide range of real-life char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing Er­win Rom­mel (in The Night of the Gen­er­als), the Duke of Welling­ton (Water­loo), Rud­yard Ki­pling (The Man Who Would Be King), Arch­duke Ferdinand (The Day That Shook the World), Franklin D Roo­sevelt (Winchell), TV pre­sen­ter Mike Wal­lace (The In­sider) and Aris­to­tle (Alexan­der). He will next por­tray Leo Tol­stoy (left) in Michael Hoff­man’s new film, which starts shoot­ing in Ger­many on Mon­day.

The Last Sta­tion deals with the last year in the au­thor’s life and his trou­bled re­la­tion­ship with his wife Sofia Tol­stoy, played by He­len Mir­ren, whose real-life roles have in­cluded three monar­chs: Queen Char­lotte (The Mad­ness of King Ge­orge), the ti­tle role in the TV minis­eries El­iz­a­beth I, and El­iz­a­beth II in The Queen. The im­pres­sive cast of Hoff­man’s movie in­cludes Paul Gia­matti and off-screen cou­ple James McAvoy and Anne-Marie-Duff.

Stone tack­les Bush fam­ily saga

Josh Brolin, most re­cently seen in No Coun­try for Old Men, will play Pres­i­dent Ge­orgeWBush in Oliver Stone’s new movie. W, sched­uled to start shoot­ing at the end of April, fol­lows the present in­cum­bent of the White House through his for­ma­tive years.

James Cromwell, who played Prince Philip in The Queen, is set to play for­mer US pres­i­dent Ge­orge HW Bush, with Ellen Burstyn, an Os­car win­ner for Martin Scors­ese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any­more, as his wife Bar­bara. El­iz­a­beth Banks (Def­i­nitely, Maybe) plays Laura Bush. The screen­play is by Stone’s co-writer on Wall Street, Stan­ley Weiser.

A new blog­ger on the block

Pe­dro Almó­dovar is dou­bling as blog­ger while di­rect­ing his new movie, Bro­ken Hugs, star­ring Pene­lope Cruz. We are promised that his blog may be viewed in Span­ish, French and English, and will pro­vide stills, clips and his wry com­men­tary on the ups and downs of mak­ing the film. Ac­cess­ing the site this week re­vealed noth­ing but a blank page, but stay tuned . . . www.Pe­droAlmod­ovar.es md­wyer@ir­ish-times.ie

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