Irish feature films 'Calvery' (John Michael McDonagh) and 'Frank' (Lenny Abrahamson) will have their world premieres at indie film festival Sundance in January 2014.
'Calvary', directed by John Michael McDonagh, is a blackly comic drama about a good priest tormented by his community. It is McDonagh’s follow-up to 2011’s 'The Guard' and again stars Brendan Gleeson ('Albert Nobbs', 'Studs'), Chris O’Dowd ('The Sapphires', 'Bridesmaids'), Aidan Gillen ('Mister John', 'Shadow Dancer'), Dylan Moran ('Good Vibrations', 'A Film with Me In It'), Domhnall Gleeson ('Sensation', 'Shadow Dancer') and Killian Scott ('Good Vibrations', 'Black Ice'). 'Calvary' is produced by Octagon Films and was filmed in Sligo and Dublin.
'Frank', directed by Lenny Abrahamson ('Adam & Paul', 'What Richard Did') is a comedy about a wannabe musician who joins a band of eccentric pop stars led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara. It was written by Jon Ronson ('The Men Who Stare at Goats') and Peter Straughan ('Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy') and stars Michael Fassbender ('Haywire', 'Shame'), Maggie Gyllenhaal ('The Dark Knight', 'Secretary') and Domhnall Gleeson ('Sensation', 'Shadow Dancer'). Frank is produced by Element Pictures and was filmed in Wicklow and Dublin.
Speaking on the selection, Director Abrahamson said “It's wonderful news that FRANK has been selected for Sundance. I can't think of a better place for this film to begin its life. “
Producer Ed Guiney said “Sundance is the perfect place to launch the worldwide campaign of this great new film from Lenny Abrahamson. And its great to be there with fellow Irishmen and collaborators, Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson."
The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, is one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States and takes place annually in Park City, Utah. The 2014 festival will be held from January 16th to 26th. The festival awards jury and audience awards across drama, documentary and short film. One hundred and nineteen feature-length films, representing 32 countries and 51 first-time filmmakers, and 65 shorts were screened at the 2013 festival. For more information, see www.sundance.org/festival.
'Calvary' is an Octagon Films and Reprisal Films production, produced with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) and the BFI in association with LipSync Productions. International sales are being handled by Protagonist Pictures.
'Frank' is an Element Pictures and Runaway Fridge production, developed by Film4 and financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), Film4 and the BFI. International sales are being handled by Protagonist Pictures.