The ghostly romance stars Ciaran Hinds (who starred in McPherson's The Seafarer on Broadway) as a high school teacher haunted by the memory of his dead wife. Meanwhile, he volunteers at his small Irish town's annual literary festival and finds himself caught up in a love triangle with two of the visiting writers (Aidan Quinn and Iben Hjejle). The film, which McPherson co-wrote with fellow Irishman Billy Roche, is based on a short story by Roche. McPherson has an affinity for the supernatural – The Seafarer has Irishmen playing poker with the Devil – and he infused the script with that natural inclination towards the eerie.
"It charts the hero's unraveling as he gets involved with the writer. But, in the story, he's married and has kids," McPherson told The Huffington Post. "I realized that, if he's a widower, he would be more sympathetic. When I realized I could introduce strong supernatural elements, that's when I felt most comfortable," he said.
"The Eclipse" has been on the film festival circuit for the last year, winning Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver at the Stiges-Catalonian International Film Festival, and a Best Actor Award for Hinds at the Tribeca Film Festival.