Irish movies tipped to shine at Sundance Festival
THE director of hit movie 'The Guard' is hoping to recreate his success at the Sundance Film Festival, with his latest movie being premiered at the celebrated US event in January.
John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary' is one of two Irish films which have been selected to have their world premiere at the festival founded by Robert Redford.
Lenny Abrahamson's comedy 'Frank' will also be shown at the event, which runs from January 16-26 in Park City, Utah.
'Calvary', which was filmed in Sligo and Dublin, once again stars Brendan Gleeson as well as his son Domhnall, 'Love/Hate's Aidan Gillen and Killian Scott, and 'Moone Boy' co-creator Chris O'Dowd.
'Calvary' is described as being a "blackly comic drama about a good priest tormented by his community"
This is McDonagh's first film since 2011's 'The Guard', which was a firm favourite around the globe and saw Gleeson nominated for a Golden Globe.
'Frank', directed by Abrahamson who was behind 'What Richard Did', chose to film his new comedy film in Wicklow and Dublin.
Kerry native Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal starred alongside Domhnall Gleeson in the tale of a "wannabe musician" who joins an eccentric pop band.
Both productions received funding from the Irish Film Board and the body's chief executive, James Hickey, said that their selection came as no surprise.
"Irish film has performed very well at Sundance over the last number of years," he said.
"Both 'Frank' and 'Calvary' showcase the excellent work happening right now in the Irish industry, and they include a world-class line-up of Irish stars."
This meant a "positive start to 2014 for the industry" as well as being "a great representation for Ireland internationally", he added.