Luck of the Irish for ‘Clare’

First Look grabs comedy starring Meany, Hill, Corr

First Look Media has acquired worldwide rights to John Irvin’s “The Boys From County Clare,” and will screen selected scenes from the Irish comedy in the market here.

Scripted by Nicholas Adams, the 1970s-set story centers around two brothers who parted on bad terms 20 years earlier but are reunited as members of rival bands at the All Ireland traditional music finals. Producers Evzen Kolar, Wolfgang Esenwein and Ellen Little brought the project to First Look.

Pic stars Colm Meaney, Bernard Hill and Andrea Corr, the youngest member of Irish vocal group The Corrs. Cast also features Philip Barantini, Eamonn Owens, Sean Evans and Charlotte Bradley, with a cameo by Patrick Bergin.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of First Look by chief operating officer-CFO Bill Lischak and senior VP of business and legal affairs Doug McClure. The company is selling rights in all territories to the film through its international sales arm Overseas Filmgroup.

Other titles on Overseas’ Cannes slate include LeVar Burton’s “Blizzard,” with Brenda Blethyn, Christopher Plummer, Kevin Pollak and Whoopi Goldberg; “Octane,” starring Madeleine Stowe; “Kartracer,” with Randy Quaid; and Bruce Beresford’s “Evelyn,” with Pierce Brosnan and Julianna Margulies.

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