The award-winning Cine4 film Róise & Frank will be released in cinemas nationwide on Friday September 16th by Break Out Pictures.
Set and filmed in the Waterford Gaeltacht of Ring, Róise & Frank tells the story of the recently widowed Róise (Bríd Ní Neachtain) who is struggling in the aftermath of her husband Frank’s passing.
Grief-stricken and lonely, Róise has distanced herself from the world and those dearest to her. But when a stray dog appears out of nowhere, following her every move, a rejuvenated Róise comes to believe in the reincarnation of her husband and the power of enduring life in its next, hopeful steps.
Róise & Frank is an up-lifting tale of shaggy dogs, a grieving widow, the national game of hurling and finding hope in the darkest of places and is winning audience’s hearts everywhere it goes.
The film also stars Limerick's Cillian Ó Gairbhí as Alan, Róise’s son, Lorcan Cranitch and young newcomer from An Rinn, Ruadhán de Faoite.
Róise & Frank is written and directed by Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy ( Traders, 2015) and produced by Cúán Mac Conghail of Macalla Teoranta (Arracht).
The film was funded by TG4, Screen Ireland, and the BAI as part of the Cine4 scheme to produce feature length original films in Irish.
Róise & Frank has been a hit on the festival circuit in recent months screening at the Galway Film Fleadh and winning numerous awards including Best Ensemble at Dublin International Film Festival and scooping the Audience Award at both the Santa Barbara and Sonoma International Film Festivals.
Speaking on the upcoming release, Directors Peter Murphy & Rachael Moriarty commented that they were “thrilled that Róise & Frank will be in Irish cinemas this Autumn. International audiences have loved the story of Róise, the dog and the hurling so we are hoping our home crowd enjoy it too!”
TG4's Executive Producer Máire Ní Chonláin said:
"Róise & Frank is another lovely film from the CINE4 scheme, and will appeal to general audiences and to families. It will also be loved by the Waterford viewers particularly in the Gaeltacht of An Rinn when they see their area on the big screen. Congratulations to everyone in Macalla who was involved in the making of the film, we look forward to seeing it in cinemas from next week."
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