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Sunday 20 April 2014

'Calvary' lands key deal at Sundance

Chris O'Dowd is interviewed at the premiere of the film 'Calvary' during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Photo: AP
Chris O'Dowd is interviewed at the premiere of the film 'Calvary' during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Photo: AP

Irish director John Michael McDonagh's film 'Calvary' has landed a major US distribution deal with Fox Searchlight after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

Fox has acquired the US and international distribution rights for McDonagh's black comedy for a reported €1.8m. It stars Brendan Gleeson, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran and Chris O'Dowd.

"We made a great film," McDonagh said. "In Fox Searchlight, we now have a great company behind us to send that film out into the world. Thank you, Sundance. Thank you, bourbon! Onward."

'Calvary' stars Brendan Gleeson as a good-natured priest whose world is put into disarray after being threatened during a confession.

It's not the first time Fox Searchlight has picked up US distribution rights for an Irish film at Sundance.

In 2007, it secured the North American distribution rights for John Carney's 'Once'.

Carney shot the musical love story on a miniscule budget around the streets of Dublin with hand-held digital cameras.

Irish Independent

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