Dark Lies the Island
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Comedy / Drama

Ireland, 2019, 18+

Family members go through a long-standing family feud in a small Irish town.

Director: Ian FitzGibbon (Death of a Superhero, A Film with me in it, Perrier’s Bounty, Moone boy)
Screenplay: Kevin Barry
Cast: Peter Coonan (Love/Hate, The Bridge, Penance), Pat Shortt (The Guard, Garage, Calvary), Moe Dunford (The Dig, Michael Inside, Vikings, Patrick’s Day), Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders, Happy Valley, Love/Hate), Tommy Tiernan (Ireland’s Ricky Gervais, Derry Girls, About Adam), Jana Mohieden

An insanely dark comedy about life in the tiny town of Dromord ruled over by opporessive local Irish minigarch Daddy Mannion whose dysfunctional family hold a grip on the town, one way, or another. Doggy Mannion, a reclusive entreprenuer who runs the local dating and betting agencies from a caravan in a forest; Martin Mannion, a failed chicken farmer distracted by his libido; and Sara, Daddy Mannion’s new young wife, former love of Doggy, who is trapped and ready for revenge.

Part classic McDonagh, and with an Irish take on Tarantino/The Coen Brothers, the mysteries, eccentricities, and in-bred rivalries of this little fiefdom lead to a compelling, twisted, and at times hilarious caricature of small-time provincial life played out by some of Ireland’s best and most recognisable acting talent.

Dingle International Film Festival – Best Feature – Audience Choice Award

“Those that can weather the darkly comic sensibilities will find a real gem in this latest Irish cinema offering.” entertainment.ie

“A darkly comic and dysfunctional delight” RTE

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