Director: Alan Gilsenan, Writer: Alan Gilsenan, Producer: Stuart Switzer, Coco Television, Ireland, 2013, 80′, Rights: World
A feature docu-drama on the life of Irish-born Eliza Lynch, who became Paraguay’s uncrowned queen.
The story of Eliza Lynch, one of the most intriguing, infamous and — outside of South America — least known characters of modern history. A beautiful and charismatic outsider, beloved of the people but shunned by the elite. “Eliza Lynch – Queen of Paraguay” is a love story between the beautiful Eliza, the heroine of Paraguay and President Francisco Solano Lopez. It is one of the most intriguing, and yet one of the least known lives of modern history. ‘Eliza Lynch – Queen of Paraguay’ is an epic story of hunger, war, wealth, of family, love, tragedy, and loss told through the eyes of Eliza, brilliantly and movingly played by Maria Doyle Kennedy (Orphan Black, The Tudors, Grace Harte) and as a young woman by Paraguayan model and Olympic athlete, Leryn Franco. Eliza was born in Charleville, County Cork in 1833, and became the wealthiest and the most famous woman in South America in the 19th century; and, as distorted by her enemies, the most infamous. Produced by Stuart Switzer of Ireland’s Coco Television and directed by renowned Irish director and film-maker, Alan Gilsenan. Shot in Ireland, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, France, and England.