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Fox Searchlight Dates Sundance Hit 'Calvary,' Starring Brendan Gleeson

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 14, 2014 at 4:28PM

Fox Searchlight picked up at the Sundance Film Festival "Calvary," writer-director John Michael McDonagh's follow-up to the masterful "The Guard," also starring Brendan Gleeson. The distributor has now booked a summer release date.
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Brendan Gleeson in "Calvary"
Brendan Gleeson in "Calvary"

Fox Searchlight picked up at the Sundance Film Festival "Calvary," writer-director John Michael McDonagh's follow-up to the masterful "The Guard," also starring Brendan Gleeson. The distributor has now booked an August 1 release date, in limited theaters. (Our Berlin Film Festival review is here.) That suggests that the film might go to Cannes. In August a movie can build a head of steam with audiences (Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" came out July 26, "The Butler," August 16). But it's a tad early for a movie that carries Oscar hopes--it means skipping the fall fests. 

Official Synopsis:

CALVARY’s 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.

The film is produced by Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo and James Flynn.

This article is related to: Fox Searchlight, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Searchlight, Calvary


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.