Martin McDonagh’s surreal comedy-drama, which pays homage to Beckett’s theater of the absurd and Irish folklore, is out in cinemas today. Winner of 3 Golden Globe (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Screenplay) and nominated for 9 Academy Awards
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Green Ireland is colored with rage. Set in the early 1900s, between Inishmore Island and Achill Island, The Banshees of Inisherin – The Spirits of the Island it is a story of ordinary friendship that turns into a story of extraordinary madness. In competition at the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival, where it won the award for best screenplay, the film highlights all the peculiarities of Martin McDonough’s filmography: from the overwhelming passion for the theater (he won three Laurence Olivier Awards, a Drama Desk Award and was nominated four times for Tony Awards) to the predilection for unpredictable, borderline, devalued characters. Just think about 7 psychopaths oa Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri, awarded right on the Lido in 2017 with the Osella award for best screenplay. In short, a filmmaker who loves to immerse himself in the darkest and most perilous areas of the human psyche, but always with an effective dose of irony and detachment. And for this latest effort he has chosen to bring together Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, the killer couple protagonists of In Bruges – The Assassin’s Conscienceor, the work that in 2008 marked the debut of McDonagh behind the camera.
Samuel Beckett e The Spirits of the Island
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Samuel Beckett lives and fights with us in Island Spirits. But this time there is no endgame and no one is waiting for Godot. Instead, we witness the astonishment of pastor Patraic. A man of simple tastes who can’t get over the fact that his friend Colm doesn’t want to be friends with him anymore. Because in homage to the theater of the absurd, the real reasons for the end of this relationship will never be clarified. Because Martin McDonagh is interested in telling the effects and not so much the causes of events. Thus, between a strictly dark pint of beer and an afflicted traditional Irish song accompanied by the ordinance violin, the work stages an extravagant human comedy. In a Rossinian crescendo of hilarious and surreal dialogues, the plot slowly takes on the tones of tragedy. Violence peeps out and laughter is transfigured into tears.
The Spirits of the Islandthe cast of the film
The spirits of the island, the new trailer for the film with Colin Farrell
As always happens in films directed by McDonagh, the cast verges on perfection, the golden form of the art of acting. Starting with Colin Farrell. The actor puts his undeniable sex appeal into the closet to immerse himself body and soul in Patraic Súilleabháin, insipid and obtuse chard with a blatant vocation for banality. But the winning bet lies in not reducing him to a running speck, but to a human being who, however primary and elementary feelings he has, suffers as if there were no tomorrow for the sudden indifference of his friend. Brendan Gleeson’s performance is also an anthology. As Colm Doherty, who would like to put an end to the empty chatter of Blah blah blah” daily life, to the dictatorship of “this and that”, to compose a song to remember, before having to face the inevitable, Brendan turns out to be perfect. Like Barry Keoghan who plays the village madman, to whom, however, he manages to give a painful and intense veneer Certainly none of the characters of The Banshees of Inisherin leads a happy existence, and it is understandable why Siobhan (Kerry Condon), Patraic’s sister, wishes to escape from that desolate land. Except that, as the old saying goes: “Men make plans and the Gods laugh”. So, in the terrifying smile of an elderly Banshee, who looks like one of the witches of Macbeth, we read the prophecy that no one can escape their destiny. We are prisoners of ourselves and even if we reach out to help us we risk finding ourselves with amputated fingers.
The Spirits of the Islandan Oscar-winning film
Oscar 2023, two Italians nominated
With its 9 nominations at the Oscars 2023 (best film, best director to Martin McDonagh, best actor to Colin Farrell, best supporting actor to Brendan Gleeson, best supporting actor to Barry Keoghan, best supporting actress to Kerry Condon, best Score Carter Burwell, Best Original Screenplay Martin McDonagh, Best Editing Mikkel EG Nielsen) The Spirits of the Island is a bitter, caustic reflection on the folly of the human being. A film that goes from dusk to dawn and vice versa, to remind us how imperfect and contradictory we are. Among pleasant dissertations on donkey dung and on the most important personalities of the seventeenth century, the film opens on the statue of a Madonna, silent witness of a friendship that dies and ends on how much the dog is still man’s best friend. And it will be neither kindness, nor a spit of pints of dark beer consumed in the pub that will prevent the inhabitants of the terraqueous globe from continuing to wait for Godot.
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