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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 before then.

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 to date.

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.



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