EXCLUSIVE: James McArdle (Easttown Pond) and Fionnula Flanagan (Others) have been chosen to direct the ensemble cast of four mothersan Irish adaptation of Gianni di Gregorio’s 2008 festival and box office hit Mid-August lunch (Pranzo Di Ferragosto).
Filming is underway in Dublin on the comedy feature which announces Ida producer Eric Abraham and former director of Working Title Jack Sidey’s Portobello Films and Television (Moffie) and Martina Niland for Port Pictures (street sing).
Cherbhla Molloy (Wild mountain thyme), Paddy Glynn (Cinderella) and Stella McCusker (nowhere special) also star.
Darren Thornton is directing and co-writing the screenplay with his brother, Colin Thornton. They have already collaborated on their IFTA award-winning debut A date for Mad Mary.
The Olivier McArdle nominee plays a self-sabotaging novelist, tasked with caring for his mother (Flanagan) after a stroke. After her book becomes an overnight success, her plans for a promotional tour of the United States are upended when three other elderly women (played by Molloy, Glynn and McCusker) are dropped off at her doorstep.
The film is funded by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, The Irish Tax Credit and Portobello Films and Television of the UK and The Common Humanity Arts Trust.
Italian low-budget independent film Mid-August lunch was a critical and box office breakthrough in 2008, grossing nearly $10 million at the box office and playing at festivals including Venice, Berlin, Palm Springs, London and Karlovy Vary.