McDonagh penned and directed the film, which made its world premiere as the opening of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The film was shot on location in the title Belgian town (pronounced "bruzh").
"In Bruges" is billed as a "darkly comedic tale of the fates of hit men Ray (Farrell) and Ken (Gleeson). After a difficult job in London, the team is ordered by their boss Harry (Fiennes) to cool their heels in Bruges," according to production notes. "Very much out of their comfort zones, the men find themselves drawn into increasingly dangerous entanglements with locals, tourists, and a film shoot. Soon, their perspectives on life and death are violently skewed."
Gleeson — whose son, Domhnall Gleeson, was seen on Broadway in The Lieutenant of Inishmore — appeared in McDonagh's Academy Award-winning short film "Six Shooter." Broadway's The Pillowman star Zeljko Ivanek also appears in the full-length film with Clémence Poésy, Jérémie Rénier, Thekla Reuten and Jordan Prentice.
McDonagh has earned two Olivier Awards for the plays The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Pillowman and has been Tony Award-nominated for those as well as The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West. The scribe recently dispelled talk that he would give up writing for the stage to focus solely on film.
For more information and to view the trailer, visit the official website at FilmInFocus.com/InBruges.