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Chromophobia at Cannes Closing Gala 25 April 2005

Martha Fiennes' film Chromophobia, shot on the Isle of Man in August and September last year, has been selected for the prestigious closing gala screening at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, due to be held during May 11th/21st.

Chromophobia is the only UK film to be selected by the Cannes selection committee for the 2005 Festival. Cannes selection traditionally features the work of classic filmmakers and it is therefore, a huge honour for an Isle of Man film to be selected against massive competition, not just from the UK but from worldwide submissions.

In all, the Cannes selectors screened 1,540 features from 97 countries before making their selection of just 24 films. Of these 24, Chromophobia plays out of competition alongside Star Wars, Episode III, Revenge of the Sith, and Woody Allen’s Matchpoint.

Hilary Dugdale of Isle of Man Film said:

"Whilst we’ve known for some time that Chromophobia stood an excellent chance of selection, yesterday’s announcement was a massive boost to the Island’s industry and continues a phenomenal 12 month period of growth."

Chromophobia will be the first Isle of Man film to be honoured by the Cannes Jury and will be screened to a capacity audience at the final night gala. The screening precedes the presentation of all the major awards, including the prestigious Palme. D’Or. The closing night gala is traditionally the most eagerly anticipated event of the Cannes calendar.

Minister for Trade and Industry, Alex Downie said:

"Once again, Isle of Man Film is at the forefront of the world’s production industry. This honour bestowed on Chromophobia has already resonated throughout the industry and yet again, the Isle of Man is associated with an international success. To the best of my knowledge, we have achieved a unique double this year in that we have opened the prestigious Sundance Film Festival with On A Clear Day and now we close arguably the most important Film Festival in the world with another Manx made movie."

Martha Fiennes on Chromophobia

Chromophobia will be screened at the Palais de Festival in Cannes on Saturday 21st May. Directed by Martha Fiennes and starring Penelope Cruz, Rhys Ifans, Ralph Fiennes and Kristen Scott-Thomas, the film tells the story of Marcus Aylesbury (Damian Lewis) whose wife Iona (Kristin Scott Thomas) can’t tell the difference between a shrink and a shop. His eight year old son Orlando spray paints his rabbit’s name on the walls to get attention whilst his gay godfather Stephen (Ralph Fiennes) lies half beaten to death in hospital. Marcus’ boss is drawing him into a scam, which could cost him his career, his father Edward Aylesbury has an illegitimate love child with his former mistress, Gloria (Penelope Cruz) and her social worker Colin, (Rhys Ifans), cannot help prying in to her past and present. Marcus’ stepmother Penelope’s bond with her dogs is his best role model of a loving relationship. Every family has a secret it hides behind the walls of its home… and these are the dilemmas and secrets of Marcus Aylesbury. When Marcus's old "friend" Trent, a tabloid journalist, gets wind of a story he knows will make him a media star, the good old virtues of honesty, loyalty and friendship are sacrificed to the new morality of success and celebrity.

Chromophobia is a darkly comedic drama which relentlessly pulls its characters into situations which threaten their stable place in a society where privilege and birth are no longer powerful enough to protect the fortunate few, and where the American values of money, beauty and success have become the cornerstones of contemporary London life.

Mr Downie expressed his thanks to the Isle of Man Film team saying:

"It is important to recognise the achievements of our small team who continue to promote the Isle of Man in the most positive way possible throughout the world’s industry."

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