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Handful of promising pics shot in Ireland make market rounds

Stella Days
Thaddeus O’Sullivan directs Martin Sheen as a rural priest in 1950s Ireland, trying to raise money to set up a cinema in his village. Co-produced by Newgrange Films with Norway’s Paradox. Sales: Films Distribution.

“Lockout”
The $32 million debut of Irish commercials duo Stephen St. Leger and James Mather, produced by Luc Besson, is a sci-fi actioner starring Guy Pearce as a government agent who must rescue the President’s daughter from a space prison taken over by its inmates. Shot in Belgrade with post-production and VFX at Dublin’s Windmill Lane. Sales: EuropaCorp. FilmDistrict has U.S. rights.

“Alfred Nobbs”
Glenn Close plays a woman disguised as a man working as a hotel butler in late 19th century Dublin. Close co-wrote the screenplay, after first performing the role on the New York stage in 1982. Rodrigo Garcia directs and Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers co-star. Produced by Parallel Films. Sales: West End.

“Superhero”
Director Ian Fitzgibbon mixes animation with live action in this tale that stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster as a teen with leukemia who prefers to escape into his own comic book fantasies than face his battles in the real world. Andy Serkis plays the teen’s psychologist. Co-produced by Grand Films with Germany’s Bavaria Pictures. Sales: Bavaria Media.

“The Rafters”
A ghost story by “Once” writer-director John Carney about two American backpackers visiting the Aran Islands who get entangled with a haunted young woman. Produced by Factory Films.

“DollHouse”
Writer-director Kirsten Sheridan used dad, Jim’s, house as the location to shoot this $900,000 teen suspense drama, about a gang of street kids who break into a wealthy suburban home and spend the night there. Produced by Factory Films.

“Grabbers”
In this horror/comedy directed by Belfast-born Jon Wright, an Irish fishing village is menaced by blood-sucking sea monsters. However, the inhabitants discover that being drunk protects them from attack. Co-produced by Samson Films with the U.K.’s Forward Films. Sales: The Salt Co.

SPOTLIGHT: IRELAND:
Spot of green on horizon | For Irish, one is loneliest number | Two new facils up the ante for local filmmakers | Reel estate | Sea of rising thesps from the Emerald isle

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