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Northern Ireland-shot Neeson movie to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

Love story: Liam Neeson
Love story: Liam Neeson
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

A new film shot entirely on location in Northern Ireland and starring Liam Neeson will have its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival later this year.

Ordinary Love is the third feature from directing duo Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn, following their critically acclaimed Good Vibrations (2012) and Cherrybomb (2009).

Written by award-winning Irish playwright Owen McCafferty, it was filmed entirely on location here with funding from Northern Ireland Screen.

Ballymena-born Neeson stars alongside Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) as an everyday couple with an extraordinary love, who must find the humour and grace to face a year of adversity.

When Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as they face the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen if something were to happen to Joan.

The directors said yesterday that their film is a story about love, survival and the epic questions life throws at each and every one of us.

They added: "We are thrilled and honoured to be premiering Ordinary Love with a gala screening at TIFF.

"Our film is a celebration of love, its beauty and pain, its small moments and great challenges. We look forward so much to sharing it with an audience for the first time at this wonderful festival."

Richard Williams, chief executive of Northern Ireland Screen, said: "We are thrilled to hear that Ordinary Love will premiere at one of the most important film festivals in the world, and we offer our huge congratulations to Lisa, Glenn, Owen, Brian, David and everyone involved.

"Being selected for a gala screening at Toronto is real testament to the world-class talent working in the industry here in Northern Ireland."

The film will be presented at the gala screening on Sunday, September 8.

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