Calvary is a 2014 Irish Comedy drama film written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. The film stars Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran and Isaach de Bankolé. The film began production in September 2012 and was released in April 2014in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and August 2014 in the United States. The film was screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Calvary will be released in Spain on the 6th of March.
John Michael McDonagh’s 2011 debut, The Guard, provided the wonderful Brendan Gleeson with a vehicle for some of his best screen work, playing an Irish West Country cop unencumbered by diplomacy skills. But the follow-up collaboration of the writer-director and lead actor is in a whole different league. Gleeson’s performance as a man of profound integrity suffering for the sins of others is the lynchpin of this immensely powerful drama, enriched by spiky black comedy but also by its resonant contemplation of faith and forgiveness. Representing a considerable leap in thematic scope and craft for McDonagh, Calvary deserves to reach the widest possible audience. Read full review at The Hollywood Reporter.