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IFTA First-Look Screening - Ordinary Love



When: December 3rd
Venue:Light House Cinema

Academy Members are invited to a special First-Look Screening of Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s critically-acclaimed Ordinary Love, in association with Universal Pictures.

Ordinary Love stars Academy Award nominees Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) and Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List) who portray an everyday couple with an extraordinary love, who must find the humour and grace to face a year of adversity.

Joan (Manville) and Tom (Neeson) have been married for many years. There is an ease to their relationship which only comes from spending a lifetime together and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humour in equal part. When Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as they are faced with the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen if something were to happen to Joan. Ordinary Love is a story about love, survival and the epic questions life throws at each and every one of us.

Filmed entirely on location in Northern Ireland with funding from Northern Ireland Screen, Ordinary Love marks the third feature from the directing duo following their critically acclaimed Good Vibrations (2012) and Cherrybomb (2009). Ordinary Love had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September, receiving widespread critical acclaim, with Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian describing it as “…desperately poignant study of a retired middle-aged couple […] (with) a strong sense of emotional purpose.”

Ordinary Love was written by award-winning Irish playwright, Owen McCafferty. It is a Canderblinks Films and Out of Orbit production, produced by the BAFTA award-winner and BFI Vision Awardee, Brian J. Falconer for Out of Orbit, David Holmes for Canderblinks Films and Piers Tempest for Tempo Productions.

The Screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn and producer Brian J. Falconer.

Ordinary Love releases in Irish cinemas on December 6th.