Penned by Mark McNally, the script for “In the Land of Saints and Sinners” emerged from Northern Ireland Screen’s New Writer Focus scheme, a script development initiative that welcomes budding Northern Ireland writers.
This exciting Irish film marks Liam Neeson’s reunion with director Robert Lorenz, known for their collaboration on 2021’s “The Marksman.”
In anticipation of the Irish film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Lorenz shared his enthusiasm: “Growing up in the midwestern United States, I passionately embraced films as a means to escape the confines of my small world. Today, as a filmmaker, there is nothing more appealing than immersing myself in a new subject, delving beneath the surface to explore an unfamiliar human experience, and discovering an exciting way to convey it to others through film.
“That’s why I was so thrilled to discover ‘In the Land of Saints and Sinners.’ Here was an original story set in a special time and place, populated by a diverse cast of characters.
“The film narrates the tale of an Irishman facing a dilemma: whether to keep his shameful past hidden or reveal it all to safeguard his friends and neighbours from the outlaws who have descended upon their tranquil coastal village.
“I embarked on this journey to create a film brimming with authenticity and realism. From the intricate period costumes to the breathtaking cliffside landscapes serving as a backdrop, and the all-Irish cast with their distinctive accents, our objective was to transport the audience into this unique world and offer them an engaging and distinctive adventure.”
Peter Goldwyn, President of Samuel Goldwyn Films, which acquired the US rights to this Irish thriller in May, expressed his confidence: “With multiple Oscar nominees involved both in front of and behind the camera, we are certain that ‘In the Land of Saints and Sinners’ will be another thought-provoking addition to Liam Neeson’s illustrious film career, delighting both critics and audiences alike.”
Netflix secured the Irish and UK rights to “In the Land of Saints and Sinners,” while Madman Films obtained the rights for Australia and New Zealand.
You can watch the trailer for “In the Land of Saints and Sinners” here:
But first, don’t they realize that he has a very particular set of skills? Skills that he has acquired over a very long career. Skills that make him a nightmare for people like them? Haha couldn’t resist.