Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane and Frances Conroy Make Cannes Market Premiere with LOUNGE ACT


LOUNGE ACT is having its World Market Premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment, Ghost Ship, The Unusual Suspects), Nathan Lane (THE BIRDCAGE, THE PRODUCERS) and Frances Conroy (AMERICAN HORROR STORY, THE AVIATOR, SIX FEET UNDER) have teamed up bring an uplifting film about the various and hilarious ups and downs of the life of an actor to the big screen. LOUNGE ACT is directed by actor and director and Broadway veteran Lee Wilkof who originated the roles of Sam Byck in Assassins and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, later earning a Tony Award nomination for the 2000 revival of Kiss Me, Kate. Wilkof's film credits include work with some of the industry's most celebrated actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio in THIS BOY'S LIFEDavid Arquette in THE GREY ZONE and Edward Norton in LEAVES OF GRASS. The film has just been completed and will be making its way to theatres later this year. Arclight Films will be presenting footage to distributors in Cannes for the very first time. "We're honored to be working with the incredibly talented LOUNGE ACT team who are bringing this uniquely humorous and realistic film to life," said Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films. "The award-winning cast, whose combined box office earnings are in the billions of dollars (US) delivers the performances of a lifetime that will have audiences all over the globe laughing out loud and coming back for more." LOUNGE ACT follows the life of Lester Rosenthal (Byrne) who lives as a struggling actor in New York City, now spending his ample amount of free time at the Actor's Equity Lounge along with all of his other colorful, yet out-of-work friends. Trying to pick himself up out of a series of trying but often humorous challenges, he returns to his home town to act in a regional production of King Lear that may just remind him of the reason why he became an actor in the first place. The cast of LOUNGE ACT is gleaming with awards. Gabriel Byrne has five awards including his Golden Globe award for his role in In Treatment. Nathan Lane has been awarded nine awards for his acting including two Golden Globe nominations for his work in THE PRODUCERS and THE BIRDCAGE. Frances Conroy has four wins to her name, including two Screen Actors Guild Awards as well as a Golden Globe for her role in Six Feet Under  "LOUNGE ACT is a soulful, transcendent movie whose universal themes will appeal to a broad audience," said Emmy award-nominated producer Tani Cohen. "Moviegoers will delight in seeing a side of Gabriel Byrne and Nathan Lane that they have never seen before." Cohen is recognized in the industry for producing powerful and poignant films. Three of her movies have screened in competition at Sundance, including the critically acclaimed INSIDE MONKEY ZETTERLAND starring Patricia Arquette, Sandra Bernhard, Sofia Coppola, Rupert Everett, Matha Plimpton, Ricki Lake, Debi Mazar and Katherine Helmond. Cohen received an Emmy nomination for executive producing the Showtime Original feature film, SNOW IN AUGUST staring Stephen Rea. She also produced, along with CC Goldwater, Sheila Nevins and Nancy Abraham, the HBO Emmy-nominated documentary MR. CONSERVATIVE: GOLDWATER ON GOLDWATER.