Dara Devaney ('Michael') and Aidan O'Hare ('Sergeant') cast in Carmel Winters new feature film "FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY" which won a major award at the 43rd annual Toronto International Film Festival..

Float like a Butterfly won a major award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The FIPRESCI Prize for the Discovery Programme is a major coup for any independent film.

Beginning in the 1960s, the film features a breakout performance from young Hazel Doupe as Frances, a Traveller who, in the opening scenes, sees her mother die and her father dragged off to prison. When her father eventually returns, they set out on a road trip that reveals truths about the place of Travellers in contemporaneous Irish society.

Float Like a Butterfly is produced by Martina Niland for Port Films and David Collins for Samson Films, with the support of Screen Ireland.

Written and directed by playwright and filmmaker Carmel Winters, Float Like a Butterfly offers both a universal story about a young person fulfilling their promise and a glimpse into a rarely seen milieu.

“In Ireland, to have a young female Irish Traveller at the centre of a film, where she is a champion – not a victim – of her destiny is unthinkable for most people,” Winters told the Seventh Row website. “It’s film as magic, making the impossible possible. I wanted to create an image of the future as if it has already happened.”

With the verdant Irish countryside surrounding them and stirring folk hymns buoying their spirits, Frances and her family undertake an adventure that reminds us to fight for our dreams… while delivering a knockout punch to useless stereotypes.

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