Cannes film with local links set for release

A woman with Longford links made history by becoming the first Irish female director to have a film screened at the illustrious Cannes film festival last year.

A woman with Longford links made history by becoming the first Irish female director to have a film screened at the illustrious Cannes film festival last year.

Rebecca Daly’s ‘The Other Side of Sleep’, which attracted significant interest at the famous French film festival last May, is set to be released in selected cinemas nationwide on March 16.

A dark psychological drama, this is the first feature film by Rebecca, who has close family ties with Ballymahon. Rebecca has previously won awards at the IFTA’s and Galway Film Fleadh with her short film ‘Joyriders’.

Speaking to the Leader about showcasing her film at Cannes, the talented filmmaker said it was an amazing experience. “It was an incredibly daunting arena and a bit nerve wrecking. There were producers and film makers there, and film press from all around the world. The film got a great response. Cannes is aunique film festival. It was great,” Rebecca said.

The film has taken over a year to bring to the big screen. Shooting on location took about six weeks, and approximately ten months in post production.

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