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03/05/2007

'Garage' Selected For Director's Fortnight At Cannes Film Festival

The Irish feature film, 'Garage', has been selected for the prestigious Director’s Fortnight at the 60th Cannes Film Festival which runs from 16-27 May.
This is the second year in a row that an Irish film has been selected for the festival. Last year, 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley' was selected for official competition and went on to win the coveted prize of the Palme d’Or.
Garage is the second film from director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Mark O’Halloran the team behind the award winning black comedy 'Adam & Paul'. It stars Irish comedian Pat Shortt and features a cast which includes Anne-Marie Duff and newcomer Conor Ryan and is produced by Ed Guiney, executive produced by Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures and co-financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, Film4, RTÉ and the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland
Director Lenny Abrahamson said: "I am absolutely delighted that our work has received this recognition. It is a great start to the film’s life."
Simon Perry, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board commented: "Lenny, Mark, Pat and their producers have conspired to make a quintessentially Irish film that will be seen and written about by audiences all over the world."
Minister for Arts Sport and Tourism John O'Donoghue added: "The presence of another Irish project in this prestigious event, following on from the success at the Palme D'Or in 2006 of 'The Wind the Shakes the Barley', is evidence of the consistent high quality of Irish film production. This project Garage showcases the standard of excellence now apparent in all areas of the Irish film industry. I would like to congratulate the producers and all those involved, including Pat Shortt, Lenny Abrahamson and writer Mark O’Halloran. I would also like to praise the work of the Irish Film Board in helping to bring this project to a successful conclusion. I wish all the team the very best of luck with this project at Cannes and into the future."
Shot on location in Counties Offaly, Galway and Tipperary, over six weeks in late summer 2006, Garage is an Element Pictures production for the Irish Film Board, Film4, RTÉ and the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland.
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