Thirteenth Century Irish Epic, Pilgrimage, Released in US Cinemas Today, 11 August
Brendan Muldowney’s thirteenth century Irish epic, Pilgrimage, is released in US cinemas today, 11 August.
The film, which is produced by Conor Barry and John Keville of Dublin’s Savage Productions alongside Benoit Roland of Wrong Men, has been described by the LA Times as “beautifully shot” and “powerfully violent”, while the New York Times has also lauded the filmmakers for “turn[ing] a strange-seeming premise into a fast-moving tale.”
The film follows a small group of monks as they undertake a treacherous pilgrimage to escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome. But, as the true material, political and religious significance of the relic is revealed; the group’s journey becomes increasingly fraught with danger. Ultimately, the faith that binds the men together threatens to be the very same thing that will tear them apart.
Pilgrimage received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and most recently had its Irish premiere at the 29th Galway Film Fleadh and the title has garnered international attention thanks to its stellar cast including Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage. Holland will next be seen as Peter Parker in Marvel’s Spiderman: Homecoming. He also played Parker/Spider-Man in the hit Avengers movie Captain America: Civil War this past year. Bernthal will next be seen in the Netflix Original Series Punisher in which he reprises his role of Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil.
Pilgrimage was shot on location for over seven weeks on the West Coast of Ireland and the Ardennes Region of Belgium, and was developed with the assistance of the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) and Creative Europe and was financed by the IFB, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Wallimage, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance.
Pilgrimage is released in US cinemas today and is still running in Irish cinemas following its 14 July release.