Martin McDonagh returns to the Venice Film Festival. Five years after his last participation with Three posters in Ebbing, Missourifor which he won the prize for best screenplay, is again in competition with The Banshees of Inisherin – in Italy it will be released in February with the title The spirits of the island.
The film tells the brutal end of the friendship between two men who live on a small island off the coast of Ireland in the 1920sa seemingly mundane event that will have surreal and dramatic consequences for both individuals and the community in which they live.
“I wanted to work with Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell again. [i due protagonisti della pellicola, ndr] after our wonderful experience on In BruggeMcDonagh said at a press conference. “I had been toying with the idea of making a film entirely on an island for a long time. Without considering that the places in the film are places that belong to my childhood: I often went there on vacation when I was a child, my father is a native of these places” has explained.
The film’s two lead actors (flanked by a supporting cast that includes, among others, Barry Keoghan And Kerry Condon) have made it clear that they have long harbored hopes of being able to work with McDonagh again. “Working at In Bruges has been a very important experience for all of us – says Brendan Gleeson – and the film has become increasingly cult over time. I was hoping Martin would find a way to bring us all together on one set with a common goal. And luckily he did.”
Colin Farrell told reporters he did it years ago a deal with McDonagh: “If he had written a role for which I was not made, I should have accepted it with philosophy, while I I should have felt free to refuse a role if he hadn’t inspired me. Although I must admit that I find this last possibility very remote, since each character that Martin creates has something extraordinary and moving.
In the film, Farrell and Gleeson play Padraic and Colm: the first is a simpleton who lives with his sister, the second a loner who composes Irish music and plays the violin. The monotony of their daily life is interrupted by Colm’s sudden decision to cut off all contact with Padraic. “We worked a lot on the psychology of our characters during the two to three weeks of rehearsals we did before shooting. Martin is a trained theater director and he invited us to fully explore the emotions that Colm and Padraic feel – Gleson said – also because, fortunately, it never happened to me in real life to end a friendship in such an abrupt way”.
“It’s funny – concluded the director of The Banshees of Inisherin – I often think it’s my least violent film. Then I stop to think about the consequences of what happens at the beginning of the story and realize that I have been drawn once again to the violent nature of Man. Absolutely, the film reflects on the importance of dialogue in our societyon how much it is necessary to confront and understand others so that life can flow without serious consequences for ourselves and for others”.
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