Writer-director John Michael McDonagh (2011’s breakout comedy The Guard) reunites with star Brendan Gleeson in this unconventional, darkly comedic detective story about a priest, violently threatened by one of his parishioners during confession, who must confront the dark forces around him.
June 7, 2014
|7:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival||Date has passed|
June 8, 2014
|11:00 AM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
Saturday June 7 screening on STANDBY – Advance tickets not available
Brendan Gleeson delivers one of his best performances as a priest in a small Irish coastal town—a gruff yet acutely feeling soul whose steadfast quest for goodness arises from a deeper spiritual belief in both man and God. One day while hearing confession, a mysterious figure tells Father James Lavelle that he will be murdered in one week’s time. His crime? Being innocent. Over the coming week, Father James wanders about his parish, ministering to his flock—a foul-mouthed rogues gallery that includes an atheist doctor, a closeted police inspector, and an aging American author. However, as the week wanes, Father James must reckon with his prophesized death, a situation that only grows more dire with the arrival of his troubled daughter. With his follow-up to The Guard, writer-director John Michael McDonagh proves again to be a master of Guinness-dark comedy, and yet his new film is much more complex than its predecessor, being both a vulgar morality play as well as a metaphysical murder mystery.
John Michael McDonagh is an English-born film director and screenwriter of Irish descent. McDonagh gained considerable attention in 2011 with the theatrical release of his feature film directorial debut The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle. The film received critical acclaim, with a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and went on to become the most financially successful independent Irish film of all time.
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|Director:||John Michael McDonagh|
|Principal Cast:||Brendan Gleeson, Aidan Gillen, Chris O'Dowd|
|Country:||Ireland, United Kingdom|
|Running Time:||100 minutes|
|Producer:||Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, James Flynn|
|Screenplay:||John Michael McDonagh|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Awards:||Berlin Film Festival 2014 (Panoroma Prize of the Ecumenical Jury)|
|Filmography:||The Guard (2011)|
|US Distributor:||Fox Searchlight|
|International Sales:||Protagonist Pictures|