Sony Picture Classics has bought American and Latin American rights to the Irish movie “The Guard” after it was widely praised at the Sundance Film Festival.
It means a worldwide release for the film, which stars Brendan Gleeson as the title character. It is directed by John Patrick McDonagh, brother of English/Irish playwright Martin.
“The Guard” opened the Sundance festival to rave reviews.
It tells the story of the arrival of an FBI agent, played by Don Cheadle, into a small Irish town and the disruption it causes in the life of the local sergeant played by Gleeson.
Trade daily “Variety” said Gleeson "owns the screen as a beer-swilling, crotch-grabbing, Derringer-firing crusader with one hell of a filthy mouth to go along with his heart of gold.”
The “Hollywood Reporter” said: "Scabrous, profane, violent, verbally adroit and very often hilarious, this twisted and exceptionally accomplished variation on the buddy-cop format is capped by a protean performance by Brendan Gleeson."