Sundance Film Festival

2008 Sundance Film Festival Opens

Park City, Utah––The 2008 Sundance Film Festival gets underway tonight at the Eccles Theatre with the Opening Night film, the world premiere of IN BRUGES, written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker and award-winning playwright, Martin McDonagh. With an international cast starring Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, IN BRUGES tells the suspenseful, twisted tale of two London hit men ordered to take a forced vacation in Bruges, Belgium, and how their subsequent time in exile goes awry.


IN BRUGES writer/director: Martin McDonagh

“In many ways IN BRUGES is a quintessential Sundance film—it’s brutal, philosophical, funny, and totally original,” said Gilmore. “Martin McDonagh is a masterful storyteller, a tremendously gifted playwright and provocative risk-taker and we are thrilled to showcase his feature-length directorial debut.” McDonagh’s first foray into filmmaking was with the short film, SIX SHOOTER, also starring Brendan Gleeson, which won the Academy Award for best live-action short film in 2006. A winner of two Olivier Awards for the plays “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” and “The Pillowman,” he is also a four-time Tony Award-nominated playwright of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” “The Lonesome West” and “The Pillowman.” McDonagh is recognized for his sharp dialogue and vivid storytelling that is both provocative and powerful.

View the trailer from Focus Features here:

“Geoffrey Gilmore and the good people of Park City have truly rolled out the red carpet for my lead actors, our producers, and myself. It’s a thrill to be world-premiering our movie IN BRUGES in the Sundance Film Festival. Since I expect that at least some of us will have worn out our welcome by Sunday brunch, I’m going snowboarding while there’s still time.” said McDonagh.

Audiences will have an opportunity to hear McDonagh’s views on filmmaking at Film Church with Martin McDonagh, to be held on Sunday, January 20 at the Filmmaker Lodge.

On Friday, January 26, the Closing Film screening in Park City signals the Festival’s final weekend. This year’s Closing Film is the world premiere of Neil Young’s CSNY DÉJÀ VU which examines Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s connection to its audience in both political and musical terms, and the relationship between Vietnam-era sentiment and today’s political environment.