The movie that got the longest standing ovation in Venice will surprise you


According to Variety, the film with the “longest and loudest” reception at this year’s Venice Film Festival was “The Banshees of Inisherin,” starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. The dark comedy-drama – which centers on two pals in Ireland who suffer emotional beatings after one of them suddenly decides to end their friendship – reportedly had people clapping for 13 minutes.

“Venice’s 13-minute standing ovation for #TheBansheesOfInisherin was so loud and loud it started bleeding into the red carpet debut of Olivia Wilde’s ‘Don’t Worry Darling’,” Variety reported on Twitter. “The film is now a surefire contender for the Best Picture Oscar.”

Director Martin McDonagh seems to have aimed high with “The Banshees of Inisherin,” which, like his latest hit film — 2017’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — debuted in Venice. Only this time he chooses to aim for the best movie stars with a little more subtlety. “I wanted to do something a little quieter and less face-to-face than the other movies,” McDonagh told The Hollywood Reporter in August 2022. There was room for the scenery to be part of it. I wanted it to be as beautiful as any Irish film has been, if possible. So we always aimed for that, which allowed us to leave more space and calm I think than in some of the other films. It’s probably less conspiratorial and more of a character study than any of the others too. A Searchlight Pictures film, “The Banshees of Insherin,” is due out October 21.


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