Friends Become Enemies in “The Banshees of Inisherin” Trailer

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell made quite a pair in 2008's In Bruges. The Irish actors were a perfect match for Martin McDonagh's pitch-black comedy about assassins hiding out in the Belgium town after a job gone wrong. While Farrell worked with McDonagh again in Seven Psychopaths (2012), Gleeson hasn't worked with him since. But the trio has reunited for another tale of a troubled partnership in a small European town.

The Banshees of Inisherin starts with a break-up. Colm (Gleeson) tells his longtime pal Padriac (Farrell) that their friendship is over. But things aren't so simple in a town where everyone knows each other. Padriac pushes for reconciliation, but Colm issues an ultimatum: "If you don't stop bothering me... I'll [cut] one of my fingers off, and give that finger to you." While the trailer doesn't reveal if he goes to such violent extremes, anyone who's seen one of McDonagh's films knows he's willing to go there.

Filmed on location on islands on the west coast of Ireland, the movie also features Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan. So don't be surprised if you need the subtitles for this movie.

The Banshees of Inisherin premieres at the Venice Film Festival in September. A limited release will follow in the U.S. in October.

Check out the trailer below.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.