Tuesday 23 January 2018

Brendan Gleeson's 'Calvary' to premiere at Sundance Film Festival

Aishling Phelan

A-list actor Brendan Gleeson's darkly comic thriller, Calvary, alongside a host of Irish talent, will make its world premiere at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival.

Gleeson’s character, Father James Lavelle, is told that he will be murdered in a week’s time in the upcoming movie Calvary, which was filmed in Sligo.

The film’s plot sees the priest with seven days to determine his would-be killer and put his affairs in order. 

The “seal of confessional” prevents the priest from going to the police so he opts to engage with his parishioners with the hope of dissuading the one amongst them intent on his death.

He stars alongside Bridesmaids and The IT Crowd actor Chris O’Dowd, comedian Pat Shortt and Love/Hate’s Killian Scott.

The film was directed by John Michael McDonagh, the writer and director of ‘The Guard’, which Gleeson also starred in.

Brendan Gleeson on the set of Calvary. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Brendan Gleeson on the set of Calvary. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

The film is one of two Irish films which have been selected to have their world premiere at the Sundance Film festival in the US in January.

This is McDonagh's first film since 2011's 'The Guard', which was a favourite around the world and saw Gleeson nominated for a Golden Globe.

The film hits the big screen on the 11th of April across Ireland.

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