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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #127. John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary

Calvary

Director: John Michael McDonagh
Writer: John Michael McDonagh
Producers: Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, James Flynn
U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josée Croze

John Michael McDonagh follows up The Guard with the top tier critical and Park City crowd-pleasing Calvary which once again showcases his skillset as a filmmaker and his genius association with Brendan Gleeson.

Gist: Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral – and often comic – problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

Release Date: Fox Searchlight picked up the title from Sundance – look for further festival play dates and a theatrical release this year.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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