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15th Jan 2018

An Irish Famine action movie, starring Barry Keoghan will premiere in Berlin next month

Michael Lanigan

Barry Keoghan

Exciting news for fans of the young Irish actor.

A new Irish feature film set during the Great Irish Famine will receive its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next month.

Black 47, which stars James Frecheville (The Drop, New Girl), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings), Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Hot Fuzz) and Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, Love/Hate, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) has been described as an action movie set during the famine.

Directed by Lance Daly (Life’s a Breeze, Kisses), it will be joining the likes of Wes Anderson and Gus Van Sant at the upcoming festival, which has previously premiered other Irish films, such as Neil Jordan’s The Butcher Boy and John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard.

The story follows Feeney (Frecheville), a “hardened” Irish Ranger who has fought for the British Army abroad, but who abandons his post in order to return home and be united with his family.

All he finds however, is chaos and death, which motivates him to get revenge, but while attempting to do so, he must outmaneouver an ageing British soldider (Weaving) who has been ordered to track him before “he can further stoke the fires of revolution.”

Commenting on its selection, Macdara Kelleher, the film’s lead producer said:

“It’s an honour to be premiering Black 47 at one of the world’s most prestigious festivals, alongside truly great filmmakers. There’s a strong history of major films launching in Berlin and we can’t wait for the world to see this epic Irish famine story.”

The Berlin International Film Festival will take place between 15 – 25 February.

Black 47 will premiere in Irish cinemas later this year.

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