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Float Like a butterfly

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"A film which is as triumphant as an air punch and as inclusive as a group hug"
- Wendy Ide - Screen Daily -
"A proper crowd-pleaser."
- Donald Clarke - The Irish Times -


From the producers of Once and Sing Street, Float Like a Butterfly is a powerful and timely story of a girl's fight for freedom and belonging. In a gender-reversal of classic film Billy Elliot, 15-year-old Frances has to fight for the right to fight back. Raised in roadside camps in rural Ireland, Frances wants to champion her people inside the boxing ring and out, like her idol Muhammad Ali. But society is determined to break her spirit and destroy her way of life. And her father, once her greatest ally, is too defeated himself to imagine any better for his daughter. But Frances was not born to be broken. In the mother of all fights, she must dig deep to find in herself the Champion her father once knew her to be.
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Production information:

Carmel Winters
Carmel Winters
Michael Lavelle
Hazel Doupe,
Dara Devaney,
Hilda Fay,
Lisa Lambe,
Lalor Roddy

1 hour 44 minutes

"No matter what shade of gold you paint it, it’s still a cage.” Michael"

- Michael -
Nominations & Awards:
Cork International Film Festival - 2018
WINNER: Audience Award - Best Film
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards - 2019
Nominee:  Best Irish Film
Glasgow Film Festival -2019
Nominee: Audience Award - Carmel Winters
Irish Film & Television Awards
Nominee: Best Film 2019
Nominee: Best Script Film
Nominee: Best Costume Design
Toronto International Film Festival - 2018
WINNER: FIPRESCI Prize - Discovery - Carmel Winters
Valladoid International Film Festival - 2019
Nominee: Seminci Joven Award - Best Feature Film


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