Thursday, December 10, 2009

Neil Jordan's 'Ondine' Preview Images & Synopsis


Paramount Ireland have provided us with the first preview images of Neil Jordan's 'Ondine', which stars Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda and Stephen Rea. The movie which is set in Ireland was filmed in Co. Cork.

Paramount also forwarded us the films synopsis and Neil Jordan's story of how the films production came about, which you can read below.

Official Synopsis:
Ondine is a lyrical modern fairy tale that tells the story of Syracuse (Colin Farrell), an Irish fisherman whose life is transformed when he catches a beautiful and mysterious woman (Alicja Bachleda) in his nets. His daughter Annie (Alison Barry) comes to believe that the woman is a magical creature, while Syracuse falls helplessly in love.

However, like all fairy tales, enchantment and darkness go hand in hand. Written and directed by Neil Jordan - and shot against the Irish coast’s magical backdrop by cinematographer Christopher Doyle - ONDINE is a story of love, hope and the unwavering belief in the impossible.

THE PRODUCTION STORY:

During the Writer's Strike a Hollywood project fell through - Heart Shaped Box. I went back to Ireland where I have a house in West Cork and wrote this fairy tale, which could shoot entirely within a radius of five miles from where I live. About a fisherman, who pulled up a living girl in his net. His disabled daughter, who invented stories about her. These stories feed on local legends - sea creatures, seal creatures, selkies. How they only have a certain time on land. How they fall in love with their rescuer. How they can make a wish come true. How the sea always calls them back.

Much of what the girl invents turns out to be true, but never in ways she expected. The whole thing develops into an impossibly romantic love story, in which real human beings insist on turning their lives into a fairy tale. Because reality is too hard, maybe. Because that is what we love to do, have to do, maybe…

Neil Jordan

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