The new Irish movies Without Name and Forever Pure are to receive their world premieres next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, with animated short Second to None also part of a very strong Irish line-up in the Canadian city.
They join the previously announced features The Secret Scripture, Maudie and Unless at the festival, which runs from September 8 to 18.
Directed by Lorcan Finnegan, written by Garret Shanley and starring Alan McKenna and Niamh Algar, Without Name is a supernatural thriller and will screen in the festival's Vanguard programme, which showcases up-and-coming directors.
"I am a fan of many of the films that have screened in the same programme in the past and very much look forward to the audience reaction to our film," said director Finnegan. "It will definitely take them to a place they haven't been before, to a place Without Name."
Produced by Dublin company Roads Entertainment and directed by Maya Zinshtein, documentary Forever Pure focuses on Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem which became the target of racism after it signed two Muslim players in 2013. Another Roads Entertainment-produced film, the AP McCoy documentary Being AP, screened at Toronto last year.
Having won the awards for Best Animated Short and Best Animation at the Galway Film Fleadh last month, Second to None receives its international premiere in Toronto.
Directed and written by Vincent Gallagher, Second to None tells the story of failed inventor Frederick who has always lived in his minute-older twin brother's shadow. When the older twin becomes the world's oldest man, Frederick sees his chance...
"After such an amazing year for Irish film, it means so much that I get to continue fly the flag at such a prestigious event," said writer-director Gallagher.
Joining him will be Jim Sheridan whose adaptation of the Sebastian Barry bestseller The Secret Scripture stars Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Reynor and Aidan Turner. It tells the story of Roseanne McNulty (Redgrave and Mara), who recounts her life and her experiences in a psychiatric institution.
Maudie is the new film from Song for a Raggy Boy director Aisling Walsh. It stars Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke and is a biopic of celebrated Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis.
Documentary maker Alan Gilsenan has turned his attention to drama with Unless, which stars Catherine Keener and Hannah Gross. It is based on Carol Shields' book of the same name and follows a writer as she struggles to come to terms with her daughter's decision to drop out of college and live on the streets.