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Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin to world-premiere at Venice

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- The Irish-British-US co-production follows two lifelong friends portrayed by In Bruges stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson

Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin to world-premiere at Venice
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in The Banshees of Inisherin

Martin McDonagh’s dramedy The Banshees of Inisherin [+see also:
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is set to world-premiere at the upcoming edition of the Venice Film Festival (31 August-10 September).

McDonagh’s new effort will be showcased in the main competition. Set on an island off the west coast of Ireland, it follows two lifelong friends, Padraic (played by Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm abruptly decides to end their friendship.

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With the support of his sister Siobhan (Kerry Condon), who along with the local policeman’s son Dominic (Barry Keoghan), has her own qualms within the small island community, a confused and devastated Padraic attempts to reignite their relationship. But when Colm delivers a shocking ultimatum in order to crystallise his intention, events start to escalate to fractious heights.

Curiously, this production will reunite Gleeson and Farrell, who previously worked together on Martin McDonagh’s successful black comedy In Bruges [+see also:
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(2007). For his performance, Farrell won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Gleeson was nominated in the same category. Moreover, McDonagh won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The technical crew of the helmer’s new effort includes DoP Ben Davis, costume designer Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh, production designer Mark Tildesley, and editor Mikkel E.G. Nielsen and composer Carter Burwell.

Filming began in August 2021 in Inishmore, with scenes shot also on Achill Island. The project wrapped shooting on 23 October.

McDonagh produced the picture with Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin of Blueprint Pictures (UK) for Searchlight Pictures (USA), Film4 (UK) and Metropolitan Films International (Ireland).

Furthermore, the movie will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (8-18 September). It is also scheduled to be given a limited theatrical release in the United States on 21 October 2022.

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