Neil Jordan’s film ‘Greta’ picked up by Focus Features

Screen Ireland hails ‘strong’ reviews for Irish slate at Toronto festival

Neil Jordan's film Greta has secured a sales deal with Focus Features, which picked up the rights to the thriller in a number of territories following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on the opening night.

The Irish director said he was "thrilled" that Focus Features had closed the deal for Greta "and will let her loose on a wide audience". Variety reported that the agreement was reached after "an intense all-night bidding battle".

Screen Ireland, which backed the film, said its slate of Irish titles, including Papi Chulo, Rosie and Float like a Butterfly, had picked up strong early reviews after their premieres at Toronto.

Major deal

"It's great to see such a wide variety of Irish stories being told at the festival and we hope these stories will be picked up and seen by audiences all over the world," said chief executive James Hickey.


"This is a major international deal for Neil Jordan's Greta, which we hope is the first of many sales deals over the coming days."

Greta is produced by James Flynn for Metropolitan Films alongside Lawrence Bender, Sidney Kimmel and John Penotti, with CAA Media Finance and Endeavor Content representing the film-makers in the sale.

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery is an Irish Times journalist writing about media, advertising and other business topics