TIFF 2015 Preview: Brooklyn

Brooklyn (Poster)

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a TIFF pre­view, and I don’t know how many of these I’ll be able to squeeze in before the fest­ival starts, but this morning’s press con­fer­ence con­tained some excit­ing stuff and I’d like to stir up a little excite­ment (even if just for myself) ahead of September.

One unusual announce­ment was the appear­ance of John Crowley’s Brooklyn which premiered at Sundance way back at the begin­ning of the year. It looked famil­iar because, of course, I was at Sundance but I never got to see it. Lots to love in the trailer that was shown. It’s the story of an Irish immig­rant (Saoirse Ronan) who arrives in New York in the 1950s, falls in love, and then goes back to Ireland for a funeral, and falls in love again. Based on a novel by Colm Tóibín, and with a screen­play by Nick Hornby, it’s sure to have a crack­ing script. And the cast­ing is great, too. Ronan impresses in everything she’s in, but this also fea­tures Domhnall Gleason, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters.

Still from Brooklyn

I was actu­ally for­tu­nate enough to meet Saoirse Ronan back­stage in 2013. I was work­ing as a venue liaison at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (look for me there again this year!) and she was here with How I Live Now. She impressed me with her pro­fes­sion­al­ism and low-main­ten­ance style (no heels!), and we chat­ted about Ireland. I men­tioned I was born in Dublin and she wanted to know in what neigh­bour­hood. She intro­duced me to her father and uncle, who were trav­el­ing with her, and we had a really nice talk. Not only is she a great actor, but she has no celebrity ego at all. What I just dis­covered is that she was actu­ally born in New York City to Irish par­ents, who took her back to Ireland when she was three years old. So this film must have a spe­cial res­on­ance for her and her fam­ily.

I’m hope­ful this will screen at my venue, so I can meet her again, but regard­less, I’m going to add Brooklyn to my list of must-sees at this year’s TIFF.

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