Ir­ish con­tenders for Sun­dance

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The first falls of snow re­mind us that the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val is nearly upon us. Good news for Ire­land comes with the an­nounce­ment that two do­mes­tic fea­tures and two shorts will screen at the Utah event.

The fea­tures – John Michael McDon­agh’s The Guard, a comic thriller star­ring Bren­dan Glee­son and Don Chea­dle, and Ian Palmer’s Knuckle, a doc­u­men­tary on bare-knuckle fight­ing – will re­ceive their world pre­mieres.

“It’s been a long, long jour­ney mak­ing this film,” Palmer re­marked. “It started on a quiet coun­try lane in Co Louth in 1997 and now will fi­nally emerge in the Rocky Moun­tains in Utah in 2011. It seems like a dream, and I couldn’t think of a bet­ter place for the film to be pre­miered than Sun­dance.”

The two shorts mak­ing their way to the Rock­ies are David O’Reilly’s an­i­ma­tion The Ex­ter­nal World and Cathy Brady’s lu­mi­nous drama Small Change. The suc­cess of Brady’s fine film (a re­cent win­ner at the Corona Cork Film Fes­ti­val) counts as a tri­umph for the Na­tional Film School.

The 2011 Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val runs from Jan­uary 20th un­til Jan­uary 30th. See sun­dance.org

Tough enough: Ian Palmer’s Knuckle is go­ing to Sun­dance

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