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Fox Searchlight Picks Up 'Calvary' In Second Buy of Sundance

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 21, 2014 at 4:12PM

In its second big buy of the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired U.S. rights and some international territories to the Irish comedy-drama "Calvary," from writer-director John Michael McDonagh ("The Guard").
Brendan Gleeson and Kelly Reilly in 'Cavalry'
Brendan Gleeson and Kelly Reilly in 'Cavalry'

In its second big buy of the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired U.S. rights and some international territories to the Irish comedy-drama "Calvary," from writer-director John Michael McDonagh ("The GUARD").  "Cavalry" stars Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, and Domhnall Gleeson.  

The film was produced by Reprisal Films’ Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo and Octagon's James Flynn, and is an Irish Film Board and BFI presentation in association with Lypsync Productions.  The film is scheduled to be released in 2014. Searchlight also picked up Mike Cahill's reincarnation "I, Origins."

Here's the 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 deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Exec VP of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, Senior VP of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien and VP of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache with UTA Independent Film Group and Protagonist Pictures. 

This article is related to: Sundance Film Festival, Festivals, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Searchlight, Fox Searchlight, Brendan Gleeson, John Michael McDonagh, John Michael McDonagh

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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.