A Nightingale Falling, the Irish War of Independence feature film has been offically selected for the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The festival will host the US Premiere of the film which was released in Irish cinemas last September and has already picked up a number of awards at various film festivals, including Best Film at the Sky Road Film Festival, Best Feature at the Underground Film Festival.

Playing in competition, the film will screen on April 27th at the Little Island cinema in Newport followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

The film, which is set in 1920 with The Anglo-Irish war at its height, follows two sisters  (Tara Breathnach and Muireann Bird) who discover a wounded British officer, and must outwit British and IRA forces as well as confront their own personal rivalry in an attempt to save his life.

The film, from debut feature directors Garret Daly and Martina McGlynn, is based on the novel by Clare author PJ Curtis and was released in cinemas last September where it enjoyed a successful 6 week nationwide run at the Irish box office. The film has out performed all expectations for an independently released film here in Ireland and continues to expand into new markets and territories.

The film is represented by 7&7 Sales agents in London who have already secured release deals for the film in South Korea, Germany and Hong Kong.

Irish audiences will get the chance to see A Nightingale Falling this weekend when it is screened on UTV Ireland.  The film will be broadcast on Easter Sunday at 10pm, with a ‘Making Of’ documentary screening at 4.30pm on the same day.

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