In Bruges 2008

In Bruges is a 2008 film directed and written by Martin McDonagh. The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as hitmen in hiding, with Ralph Fiennes as their gangster boss.

The film takes place within the Belgian city of Bruges. In Bruges was the opening night film of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The film opened in limited release in the United States on 8 February 2008; premiered at the Dublin Film Festival on 15 February 2008; later went on full release in the Republic of Ireland on 7 March 2008; and opened 18 April 2008 in the United Kingdom. Colin Farrell won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for the film, while Martin McDonagh won the Best Screenplay BAFTA.

Plot: Two hitmen hide out in the Belgian city of Bruges, and amidst the city’s storybook background they come to terms with issues of guilt, morality, and redemption. During his first job, fledgling hitman Ray (Colin Farrell) accidentally kills a young boy. He and his senior colleague Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are sent to Bruges by their high-strung employer Harry (Ralph Fiennes), and told to await further instructions. While Ken takes in the sights and historic medieval buildings, Ray is morose and withdrawn, wracked with guilt over his killing of a child. One night, while observing a film shoot with the dwarf actor Jimmy (Jordan Prentice), Ray strikes up a romance with Chloë (Clémence Poésy), a local drug dealer and thief moonlighting as a production assistant. On a date, Ray gets involved in a fistfight with a couple from Canada. Later that night, Chloë’s former boyfriend Eirik (Jérémie Renier) threatens Ray with a handgun loaded with blanks, but Ray disarms and partially blinds him.
In Bruges was nominated for a total of seven awards by the British Independent Film Awards, including nominations for The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director), Best Actor and Best Screenplay, the latter of which it won. It has also been nominated for two IPA Satellite Awards for Best Actor (Brendan Gleeson) and Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical). In November 2008, Martin McDonagh won the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild (IPSG) award for Best Film Script for In Bruges. The film was also nominated for the 2008 Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), and both Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell were nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), which Farrell won at the 66th Golden Globe Awards ceremony, broadcast on 11 January 2009. McDonagh won the Best Screenplay BAFTA in February 2009. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2009, but lost to Milk. The film won best international film at the Irish Film and Television Awards in 2009.
* Colin Farrell as Ray, a novice hitman riddled with guilt from his first assignment.
* Brendan Gleeson as Ken, an older and more experienced hitman.
* Ralph Fiennes as Harry Waters, a crime boss with unbending principles.
* Clémence Poésy as Chloë, a Belgian criminal and production assistant.
* Jordan Prentice as Jimmy, an American dwarf actor.
* Thekla Reuten as Marie, co-owner and operator of the hotel.
* Jérémie Renier as Eirik, Chloë’s ex-boyfriend.
* Anna Madeley as Denise, a Dutch prostitute picked up by Jimmy.
* Elizabeth Berrington as Natalie, Harry’s wife.
* Željko Ivanek as The Canadian Tourist
* Ciarán Hinds (uncredited) as The Priest

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