Martin McDonagh has returned to the Venice International Film Festival with The Banshees of Inisherin, which is having its world premiere on Monday night.
t is his first film since Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and a reunion with his In Bruges stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.
Farrell on Monday said that he and McDonagh have talked about working together again, and that they have a “ripe agreement” where they will accept if the other wants to go through.
And yet, Farrell said, he also can’t imagine “ever passing on anything (McDonagh) writes because he’s an extraordinary writer and I’ve always been deeply moved emotionally and psychologically by the world he created and the characters he designed. “
The film is set in 1923 on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland. It tells the story of longtime friends Padraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson) in a difficult time when Colm suddenly decides to end the relationship. He decided that Padraic was dull, and in turn, broke.
“It’s hard to ghost someone on an island,” laughs Farrell. His character, he said, is “the human expression of a little donkey.”
Kerry Condon plays Siobhan, Padraic’s sister, and Barry Keoghan is a tormented young Dominic trying to help Padraic mend things.
Farrell said: “He had such an innocence that he couldn’t understand why his friend of many years had dismissed him. “It shook him to his core… He lived a beautiful life and that beauty was taken away by Brendan’s Colm.”
Gleeson liked how the film looked at male friendship in a different way. Still, he said, despite the chronology, it’s a “modern movie” in the way it portrays these two friends.
“The idea that these men would talk to each other in a natural way about emotions is still controversial if it will move to that point,” Gleeson said.
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The film also marks McDonagh’s first production in Ireland, which he says is “a dream of mine”. They shot mainly in Inishmore, where his father was from. And before production started, they had a few weeks of rehearsals in Galway. Farrell said it “felt great to be back where Martin’s plays were performed.”
Venice is a bit of a lucky break for McDonagh, who in 2017 received the festival’s top screenplay award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which will continue to be a box-office success, helping him land a picture. Best competition and screenplay nominations at the Academy Awards and won two acting Oscars for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell.
Banshees of Inisherin is vying for the Golden Lion and other top awards this year, with films like Todd Field’s TRUMP and Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, before hitting theaters on October 21.
The 79th Venice Film Festival runs through September 10.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/movie-news/colin-farrell-brendan-gleeson-and-kerry-condon-in-venice-for-premiere-of-banshees-of-inisherin-41963293.html Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon in Venice for the premiere of Banshees Of Inisherin