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John Boorman film is Cannes-bound

1 of 1 Queen and Country - Will premiere as part of the Directors' Fortnight programme at the Cannes Film Festival
Queen and Country - Will premiere as part of the Directors' Fortnight programme at the Cannes Film Festival

Queen and Country, John Boorman's sequel to his Oscar-nominated Hope and Glory, which has been produced by Irish company Merlin Films and supported by the Irish Film Board, is to have its world premiere at next month's Cannes Film Festival.

The film, which stars Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt, Sinéad Cusack, Callum Turner, David Thewlis and Richard E Grant, will premiere as part of the Directors' Fortnight programme at the Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 15 to 25.

Focussing on the characters from Hope and Glory, Queen and Country is set in 1952 and tells the story of an 18-year-old (Landry Jones) who begins his National Service and befriends a prankster.

They become instructors in a training camp while others are sent to fight in the Korean War.

Commenting on the film's Cannes selection, James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board (IFB) said: "We are delighted for John Boorman to have his film Queen and Country selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival.

"Cannes is arguably the most important film festival and film market in the world and Ireland will be well represented there with two world premieres, Queen and Country in Directors' Fortnight, along with Jimmy’s Hall in Official Competition."

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