Director/Writer: John Michael McDonagh
Producer(s): Reprisal Films’ Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo with Octagon Films’s James Flynn
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Kelly Reilly, Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Gillen, Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josée Croze, Killian Scott, Isaach De Bankolé
Now with three films between them, the McDonaghs have managed to not necessarily re-invent the Brit crime thriller, but add to its pantheon of sinners and saints with memorable noir-world characters and with situational predicaments that are both brutal and titter. Martin’s In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths received tons of praise as so did John Michael McDonagh’s debut The Guard, which I was more on the fence than sold on, so I’m thinking that Calvary will also stray away from the formulaic and that Brendan Gleeson will once again be up to task.
Gist: Gleeson plays a priest who is a good man intent on making the world a better place, he is continually shocked and saddened by the spiteful and confrontational inhabitants of his small country town. One day, his life is threatened during confession, and the forces of darkness begin to close in around him.
Release Date: TIFF followed by London BFI looks just about right. Look for Sony Pictures Classics to once again possibly work with McDonagh.