November Release Date for John Crowley’s ‘Brooklyn’, Based on Colm Tóibín’s Novel
Brooklyn made its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it received a standing ovation and strong reviews. Directed by John Crowley (Intermission, Boy A) and scripted by Nick Hornby (Wild, An Education), the film stars Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones), Domhnall Gleeson (Frank, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Emory Cohen (The Gambler, The Place Beyond the Pines), Julie Walters (the Harry Potter series, Educating Rita) and Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge, Perrier’s Bounty).
Brooklyn begins in 1950’s rural Ireland, where opportunities are scarce, particularly for young women like Eilis Lacey. When given the opportunity to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her mother, sister and home for the first time. The film also stars Emory Cohen, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.
The Hollywood Reporter described Brooklyn as “a stellar adaptation in every respect, filled with vibrant small roles for excellent character actors and instilling two love stories with their own very different feels.” The performances were singled out for praise, in particular those of Ronan, Gleeson and Cohen. The New York Post stated that Brooklyn is “more than a conventional tear-jerker” and as “a thing of beauty, a delicate, tender period piece.”
Writing for RogerEbert.com, Brian Tallerico described the film as “magical” and comparing it to Jim Sheridan’s In America, said that Brooklyn is “a beautiful film from top to bottom, a piece that worked the kind of old-fashioned, romantic movie magic on me in ways that are all too rare” and that it may be Ronan’s “best work to date.”
Brooklyn was produced by Wildgaze Films, Finola Dwyer Productions, Parallel Films and Item 7. Brooklyn was co-financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board. It was funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, the BAI, RTÉ, BBC, Telefilm and the BFI. Distribution is handled by Lionsgate in Ireland and the UK, Mongrel Media in Canada and Fox Searchlight in the United States.