LIFE’S A BREEZE Creates A Buzz With Toronto Selection

Posted August 15, 2013 by Suzanne Murray in News
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Since it was announced that Lance Daly’s LIFE’S A BREEZE is to have its international premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month, there’s been a great buzz about the films selection (see below) where it will screen alongside some of the most eagerly awaited Hollywood films of the year such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave which stars Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt, Ron Howard’s latest film Rush, about racing car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, and Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

The film which is produced by Fastnet Films showcases a host of Irish acting talent including Pat Shortt, Fionnula Flanagan and newcomer Kelly Thornton who picked up the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at the Galway Film Fleadh last month. Both Pat and Kelly will travel to the festival with director Lance. Pat is currently starring in The Cripple of Inishman in the West End with Daniel Radcliffe who will also be in Toronto for a number of films including the Irish co-production The F Word (co-produced by Fastnet Films) which filmed in Dublin last year.

Speaking about the selection, Life’s A Breeze producer Macdara Kelleher, Fastnet Films said “We are delighted to be returning to the Toronto International Film Festival with Life’s A Breeze and The F Word. It’s one of the biggest film festivals in the world and a great place to launch a movie.”

Life’s A Breeze is close to securing a US theatrical distribution deal, details of which will be announced at the festival. The film is creating a buzz in the US with popular film website Twitch.com hailing it as “the next Full Monty”.

The feel good comedy will screen in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the festival which is the leading public film festival in the world and is one of the most important film festivals in North America.

Life’s A Breeze follows a family struggling to stay afloat and stay together through hard times in Ireland. Unemployed slacker Colm (Pat Shortt), his aging mother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan) and his niece Emma (Kelly Thornton) must overcome their many differences to lead their family in a race against time to find a lost fortune.

The Irish Daily Mail described the film as: “the most heartwarming inter-generational comedy since Little Miss Sunshine“.

Life’s A Breeze is currently screening in selected cinemas throughout Ireland and will be available and DVD on Video on Demand later this year. TIFF will take place 5th – 15th September.

The film was produced by Dublin-based Fastnet Films, with the support of the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Some of the coverage:

Twitch.com –  Is Life’s A Breeze The Next Full Monty or Waking Ned Devine?  http://tinyurl.com/osdqu3c

RTE.iehttp://tinyurl.com/k58x6zf

Independent.ie – video http://tinyurl.com/meacq4g

Journal.iehttp://tinyurl.com/mq9c7za

Joe.iehttp://tinyurl.com/lumheze

Movies.iehttp://tinyurl.com/k72ztry

In Dublinhttp://tinyurl.com/mf4bnvu

Film Ireland –  http://tinyurl.com/n8nmpbo