|Barley Gets U.S. Release Date
By Sean O’Driscoll
The Irish War of Independence epic The Wind That Shakes the Barley has
finally won a U.S. release.
The film is to be released next spring, but might have a limited release
The film, which won the Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film
Festival in France, was directed by controversial British director Ken
Loach, and features two brothers caught in Ireland’s War of Independence
and Civil War. It stars Cillian Murphy in his most successful Irish role
Surprisingly, the film has been waiting months for a distributor, despite
its huge reception in Europe.
However, Loach, known for hard-hitting leftist movies, is usually happiest
in specialist, limited releases far from middle America.
It took his production company a long time to persuade the big distributors
that the film could carry a large U.S. audience.
IFC Entertain-ment has now taken up the rights to the film and hopes to
have it in cinemas early next year.
The company will also be distributing the film to Comcast subscribers.
Under the system, the film will be distributed via cable to all parts
of the U.S. on the same day, ending long delays in some states.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley has grossed over ¤2.7 million at
the Irish box office since it was released in June, making it the most
successful Irish independent film ever.