Mammal and The Land of the Enlightened to have World Premieres at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Posted December 2, 2015 by Suzanne Murray in News
Mammal directed by Rebecca Daly
Mammal directed by Rebecca Daly

The Irish feature film MAMMAL starring Academy Award® nominated and Golden Globe® winning actress Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under, Muriel’s Wedding) and rising Irish star Barry Keoghan (Love/Hate, ’71) which was directed by Irish filmmaker Rebecca Daly will have its world premiere in the World Dramatic Competition at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival next month.  The Irish co-produced documentary THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED will also have its world premiere at the renowned North American festival in the International Documentary strand.  Both films will be distributed by Wildcard Distribution and are set for Irish cinema releases in 2016.

The Sundance Film Festival which takes place in Park City, Utah is one of the world’s premiere places to debut new independent films and over the course of its more than 30-year history has launched films including WhiplashBoyhoodLittle Miss SunshineReservoir Dogs, Napoleon Dynamite, Brooklyn and The Guard.

MAMMAL which co-stars Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones) and Johnny Ward (Love/Hate) is the compelling story of a woman (Griffiths) who has lost her son and develops an unorthodox relationship with a homeless youth (Keoghan). Their tentative trust is threatened by his involvement with a violent gang and the escalation of her ex-husband’s (McElhatton) grieving rage.

Speaking about the official selection of MAMMAL, director Rebecca Daly said, “It’s such an honour and a fantastic start for MAMMAL. I know how much US audiences love Rachel and am really excited to see what the audience at Sundance make of the film and a very different performance from her.”

Written by Daly and Glenn Montgomery, MAMMAL was selected as part of the first Berlinale Residency, a programme organised by the Berlin International Film Festival to support writer/directors develop their new projects.  Daly’s debut feature The Other Side of Sleep premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight.

Pieter-Jan De Pue’s documentary THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED which was produced by Irish producer Morgan Bushe for Fastnet Films, charts the complex Afghani war economy told through the eyes of the children who have found themselves caught up in the on-going American occupation.

MAMMAL was produced by Macdara Kelleher and Conor Barry for Fastnet Films (Strangerland, Kisses, What If) and was funded by the Irish Film Board (IFB), Luxembourg Film Fund, BAI, TV3 and the Netherlands Film Fund.  Picture Tree are the films sales agent.

THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED is a Belgium/Irish/Dutch/German co-production produced by Academy Award® nominated Savage Film Productions, Fastnet Films, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion and Submarine. Films Boutique are acting as the world sales agent.