Irish movie THE GUARD to open Sundance Film Festival 2011 competition

Good news for Brendan Gleeson’s policeman themed movie

Brendan Gleeson’s new film THE GUARD has been selected as the opening film of the World Dramatic Competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, January 20-30th. The Sundance Film Festival, which was originally founded by Robert Redford, is world-renowned as a showcase for the best in new independent cinema.

The Guard is a thriller-comedy set on the west coast of Ireland where Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle)to his door.

Speaking on the selection, Director John Michael McDonagh said he “would like to thank John Cooper, Trevor Groth and John Nein of the Sundance Film Festival for showing their commitment to The Guard by giving us the prestigious Opening Night slot for films in the International Competition.”

Producer Ed Guiney said he was “delighted that Sundance has selected The Guard as the opening film of the world competition this year. It’s the most high profile slot in one of the world’s great festivals and we cannot think of a better way to launch the film on the world.”

The film will open in Ireland in early 2011 and stars Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong and Fionnuala Flanagan