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Michael Fassbender. Photo: PA

Michael Fassbender. Photo: PA

Michael Fassbender. Photo: PA

IT has a stellar line-up including Oscar-nominated actors Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhall – and now movie Frank has secured widespread US distribution.

The quirky movie, directed by What Richard Did's Lenny Abrahamson, has picked up rave reviews.

Magnolia Pictures has now inked distribution rights for the film in America.

The movie is an offbeat comedy about a band led by an enigmatic lead singer who hides himself inside an oversized fake head.

Abrahamson said that he was thrilled to learn that the film was so well received.

"I'm delighted that Frank has found a home in the US with Magnolia. I know that the team there has a genuine passion for Frank," he said.

And top Hollywood execs were clearly impressed with the Irish director's style.

Magnolia chief Eamonn Bowles said that the new movie had huge potential.

"All of us at Magnolia were completely taken with Frank. It reaffirms the considerable talents of Lenny Abrahamson, who has delivered a beautiful, poignant and hilarious film that speaks on many levels," he said.

 

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"That Michael Fassbender can be so affecting while encased in a papier-mache head proves that he is one of the greatest actors working today."

Frank is the story of wannabe musician Jon, played by Domhnaill Gleeson, who throws in his lot with an electronic pop group, led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank, played by Fassbender, and his sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal).

The screenplay was written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan.

Frank is based on Ronson's memoir and is described as being "a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart".

cmurphy@herald.ie


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