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May release for Irish film Run & Jump

1 of 1 Run & Jump - Tells the story of a young family re-adjusting after the father suffers a stroke
Run & Jump - Tells the story of a young family re-adjusting after the father suffers a stroke

It has been announced that the award-winning Irish comedy-drama Run & Jump is to be released in cinemas on Friday May 2.

Irish company Wildcard Distribution has agreed a deal to release the film, with the announcement made this weekend at the European Film Market in Berlin.   

Directed by Steph Green and co-written by Green and Ailbhe Keogan, Run & Jump tells the story of a young family re-adjusting after the father suffers a stroke.

It stars Maxine Peake (Silk, Shameless), Edward MacLiam (Holby City) and Will Forte (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live).

The film has already won the Silver Spike Feature Award at the Valladolid International Film Festival, Best First Feature at the New York Irish Film Festival and Best Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Shot over a six-week period in Wicklow and Kerry, Run & Jump was part-funded by RTÉ and has been released in North America by Sundance Selects, the sister division of IFC Films.

Speaking about the film's Irish release, director Green said: "We're delighted that after the warm reception on the Irish festival circuit, Run & Jump will now release in cinemas for the Irish public.

"It was wonderful to work with a script that was written to be set in Kerry. Spending time in Kerry writing with Ailbhe was important as it grounded me into the environment and characters."

Green added: "To then come back and shoot in the region, with such support locally, was a tremendous experience to have and one that I will long treasure."

Run & Jump is among the film's screening at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival this month.

Watch an interview with Steph Green at: www.rte.ie/ten/news/2013/0715/462545-run-and-jump-wins-at-galway-film-fleadh/.

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