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THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS
Feature

Bleecker Street Films
Directed by Bharat Nalluri
Produced by Susan Mullen, Ian Sharples, Niv Fichman, Vadim Jean, Robert Michkelson

The journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) and other classic characters from "A Christmas Carol." The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) conjured up a timeless tale.
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VIVA
Feature

Irish Film Board
Directed by Paddy Breathnach
Produced by Rebecca O'Flanagan & Rob Walpole
Treasure Films.

The film tells the story of Jesus, a young gay man, who discovers that the only time he is free from life’s struggles is when he is on stage transformed into Viva, his beautiful alter ego that bares her soul on stage. His dream, however, is crushed with the arrival of his father Angel, whose standards of masculinity are derived from a world of boxing and incarceration. Their opposing expectations, further aggravated by their financial instability, create constant conflict both within themselves and each other as both men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.
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MAUDIE
Feature Film

Parallel Films
Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by Aisling Walsh
Produced by Susan Mullen, Bob Cooper, Heather Haldane, Mary Sexton, Mary Leckie

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MAUDIE, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
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