Irish TIFF Winner ‘Float Like a Butterfly’ to Screen at Fastnet Film Festival

Having won the Discovery Prize at Toronto International Film Festival and the Audience Award at Cork Film Festival, Irish feature Float Like a Butterfly is set to headline 2019’s Fastnet Film Festival.

Directed by Cork native Carmel Winters, the drama is a powerful story of a young woman’s fight for freedom and belonging. Living in a roadside camp in rural Ireland circa 1970, 15-year-old Frances (Hazel Doupe) wants to follow her idol Muhammad Ali by stepping into the boxing ring.

At the same time, her father played (Dara Devaney) returns from jail a broken man. Once Frances’ greatest ally, he finds it hard to imagine any better for his daughter. But she was born to be a champion, not a victim.

Shot between Goleen and Skibbereen, Winters said in a statement: “I wanted to showcase the magic and power of the place and people where I live. We had the kind of creative collaboration from the local community other film sets could only dream of. It was this immense wave of local talent and goodwill that carried the biggest scenes in the film.”

Fastnet were full of praise for the latest addition to their line up. Discussing the movie, they said in a statement: “The West Cork landscapes, seascapes and depth of colour and texture in the movie is breath-taking. An absolute must see.” The festival screening will be followed by a post screening Q&A with many of the cast and crew. 

Taking place in Schull, Cork from May 22 – 26, Fastnet is a major showcase for Irish and International short film production. While more movies are to be added to the line-up, Float Like a Butterfly joins Ed Sheeran documentary Songwriter as one of the festival’s biggest events.

Acclaimed Irish writer Roddy Doyle will be Fastnet’s special guest. For more details on that, read Travel Ireland’s report here.

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