First look at the next big Irish film

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“The Banshees of Inisherin,” featuring an Irish cast of Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Barry Keogh and Kerry Condon, is set to hit theaters in October.

“Two lifelong friends hit a stalemate when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them,” Searchlight Pictures says in its brief description of the film, which was shot in Ireland.

“I wanted to tell a breaking story,” director Martin McDonagh told Vanity Fair in his first interview about the new film. “It’s about things that escalate inexorably from a simple and sad starting point.”

“The Banshees of Inisherin” holds many surprises and marks a notable change of pace for the Oscar-winning writer-director.

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Vanity Fair notes that the new film represents “a kind of homecoming for its writer-director, both literally and figuratively: it’s the first feature McDonagh has shot and is set in his native Ireland, and it’s an intimate character study reminiscent of the early pieces with which he made his artistic mark.

Speaking about the style of the film set on the fictional island of Inisherin, McDonagh said, “I wanted it to be as beautiful as possible. Aim for beauty and cinema. Because if you heard about a story about two guys complaining about each other and you didn’t have the epic kind of good looks, it might get a little boring.

He added: “I’ve seen a lot of British and Irish films that don’t seem to be aiming for cinema as their number one choice.”

The film sees McDonagh reunite with his “In Bruges” stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

“I wanted to do something that someone who loves ‘In Bruges’ would go with it,” McDonagh said, “but it could be a bit more, at least initially, weirder or weirder – and definitely something different. .”

Don’t worry, the film remains uniquely McDonagh: oscillating between comedy and tragedy, propelled by colorful dialogues, and underlined by a subtle rise in tension. “It’s just aiming for the truth and hoping for the best,” he tells VF

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Of working with Gleeson again, Farrell said: “The pendulum swings wide with Brendan, from the tenderness he is capable of to the divine anger he can unleash if need be. He always digs, always asks the big questions. .”

“The Banshees of Inisherin” is set to have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September, followed by a theatrical release in October.

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