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IFTA Preview Screening - Vivarium

When:March 2020

The Irish Film and Television Academy proudly presents a special first-look screening of Vivarium.

Directed by Lorcan Finnegan and written by Garret Shanley (Without Name, Foxes) Vivarium is a visually-striking and sinister “Twilight Zone fantasy” starring The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg, Green Room’s Imogen Poots, and rising Irish star Eanna Hardwicke.

During their search for the perfect home, Gemma (Poots) and Tom (Eisenberg) find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like suburban neighbourhood named Yonder. All attempts to escape end in failure, culminating in the discovery of a baby on the pavement outside house number 9 with the instructions ‘raise the child and be released’. Reminiscent of the likes of Get Out and TV’s Black Mirror, VIVARIUM is as thrillingly provocative as it is wickedly enjoyable and takes you on a trip into an unforgettable suburban Twilight Zone.

Following its world debut in competition as part of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival (2019) where it picked up the Gan Foundation Award, the film screened at some of the most prestigious film festivals around the world including the Sitges International Film Festival where Imogen Poots was awarded Best Actress and the BFI London Film Festival last month where it received rave reviews.

Vivarium is a European co-production with Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell producing for Dublin’s Fantastic Films along with Jean-Yves Roubin of Belgium’s Frakas Productions and Alexander Brøndsted of Denmark’s Pingpong Film.

Date, venue, and talent to be announced at a later date.

Directed by:Lorcan Finnegan

Produced by: John McDonnell and Brendan McCarthy.

Cast:Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, and Eanna Hardwick.

Vivarium will be released by Wildcard Distribution in Irish cinemas on 27th March 2020.