The line-up for this year's Jameson Dublin International Film
Festival will be announced on Tuesday.
Actors Pat Shortt, star of Cannes film festival award winner Garage, and
Jayne Wisener, young star of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet
Street, will unveil the schedule in The Button Factory in the city's
Temple Bar district. Musician David Kitt will also be on hand to
entertain film fans at the launch.
Tickets for the festival, which runs from February 15-24, go on sale at
midnight. It opens with Martin McDonagh's new film, In Bruges.
November 19, 2006 (from indieWIRE)
PARK CITY '08 | McDonagh's "In Bruges" to Open 2008 Sundance Film Festival
By Eugene Hernandez
Playwright Martin McDonagh's first feature, "In Bruges" will open the
2008 Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 2008 in Park City, UT. The
festival, set to unveil its complete feature film lineup next week, will
present 120 features and 80 shorts during the annual event, which will
run through January 27th in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and
Sundance, Utah. McDonagh's film, described as a "twisted tale of two
London hit men ordered to take a forced vacation in Bruges, Belgium",
stars Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. In the words of
a Sundance announcement, "their subsequent time in exile goes awry."
"In many ways 'In Bruges' is a quintessential Sundance film - it's
brutal, philosophical, funny, and totally original," said Geoffrey
Gilmore, Sundance's director. "Martin McDonagh is a masterful
storyteller, a tremendously gifted playwright and provocative risk-taker
and we are thrilled to showcase his feature-length directorial debut."
McDonagh directed the short film "Six Shooter, which also starred
Gleeson and won the 2006 Oscar for best live-action short. He is also a
four-time Tony Award-nominated playwright for "The Beauty Queen of
Leenane," "The Lonesome West" and "The Pillowman.
"I'm stunned and thrilled that 'In Bruges' will be opening a festival as
prestigious, and as cool, as Sundance," McDonagh said in a statement.
"And I simply can't wait to attend."
The Focus Features film, in association with Film4, is a Blueprint
Pictures production in association with Scion Films. It was produced by
Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin and executive produced by Jeff
Abberley, Julia Blackman and Tessa Ross.
"Martin McDonagh's hilariously sad first feature is seemingly modest;
but, in fact, highly original. No filmmaker I know has made the English
language, in all its profane - and here, quite Celtic - glory, such a
purely, joyously cinematic medium," said James Schamus of Focus.
Organizers said today that they will announce the Sundance Film Festival
program on Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29, 2007.
January 10, 2006 (from RopeofSilicon.com)
Cast Set for 'Bruges' at Focus
Farrell, Gleeson, Fiennes, Poesy and Renier join up
With casting for the principal roles in Academy Award-winning writer/director
Martin McDonagh's suspense thriller In Bruges confirmed, the project is
gearing up for a February start date and shoot on location In Bruges,
Belgium. Focus Features holds worldwide rights to the film and is
financing production with Film4. Focus CEO James Schamus made the
Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin, the principals of the U.K.-based
production company Blueprint Pictures, are producing In Bruges.
Blueprint is currently in post-production on Julian Jarrold's Becoming
Jane, starring Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen; and Gregory Jacobs' Wind
Chill, starring double Golden Globe Award nominee Emily Blunt.
Focus senior vice president, production Jill Morris and senior vice
president, European production Teresa Moneo are supervising In Bruges
for Focus. Tessa Ross of Film4 is executive-producing In Bruges with
Jeff Abberley and Julia Blackman of Scion Films.
Part of Focus' expanded international film production slate, In Bruges
will topline actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson (The General and
the Harry Potter movies). Rounding out the cast are European rising
stars Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Jérémie
Renier (the male lead in the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival
Palme d'Or winner L'Enfant [The Child]). In addition, two-time Academy
Award nominee Ralph Fiennes will play a key supporting role.
In Bruges is the darkly comedic tale of the fates of hit men Ray and Ken
(to be played by Farrell and Gleeson, respectively). After a difficult
job in London, the team is ordered by their boss Harry (Fiennes) to cool
their heels In Bruges. Very much out of their comfort zones, the men
find themselves drawn into increasingly dangerous entanglements with
locals, tourists, and a film shoot. Soon, their perspectives on life and
death are violently skewed.
Poésy is cast as Chloë, a woman working on the movie who catches Ray's
eye, to the displeasure of her ex-boyfriend Erik (Renier).
McDonagh is making his highly anticipated feature directorial debut on
In Bruges, from his original screenplay. He previously wrote and
directed the Film4-backed Six Shooter, which earned him last year's
Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film, and which also starred
The filmmaker is a two-time Olivier Award winner and a four-time Tony
Award nominee. His plays include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The
Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lonesome West, The Pillowman, and The
Lieutenant of Inishmore.
Schamus said, "Martin has written a screenplay that is both killingly
funny and dramatically affecting, and this fine troupe of actors from
all over the world will interact marvelously under his direction. We're
also very grateful for the extensive cooperation and support that Bruges
is offering the production."
January 10, 2006 (from Superhero Flix)
Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clemence Poesy and
Jeremie Renier Wrap Up Cast of In Bruges
Focus Features has finalized the cast of the drama, In Bruges.
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson will star with Ralph Fiennes, Clemence
Poesy and Jeremie Renier in the film directed by Martin McDonagh, who is
writing the script and making his feature directorial debut. It's a
darkly comic tale of a pair of hit men (Farrell and Gleeson) who hole up
in Bruges after a difficult job in London. As they become entangled with
locals, tourists and a film shoot, their views on life and death get
skewed, Variety says.
In Bruges will begin shooting in Bruges, Belgium very soon.
It's a darkly comic tale of a pair of hit men who hole up in Bruges after a difficult job in London. As they become
entangled with locals, tourists and a film shoot, their views on life and death get skewed.
Cast & Crew
Ray: Colin Farrell
Ken: Brendan Gleeson
Harry: Ralph Fiennes
Chloe: Clémence Poésy
Erik: Jérémie Renier
Directed by Martin McDonagh
Writing Credits: Martin McDonagh
Produced by Jeff Abberley, Julia Blackman, Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Tessa Ross, Ronaldo Vasconcellos