Los Angeles-based independent distributor Cinema Epoch has acquired the US rights to “Penance,” the English and Irish film about a priest confronting his past as a hot preacher who promoted violence against British rule in Northern Ireland. North.
Tom Collins directed the film, which is produced by Derry-based De Facto Films and Edwina Forkin’s Zanzibar Films. Broadcaster TG4, the Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen and the Irish Language Broadcast Fund supported the project. Collins’ Gaelic-language film “Kings” was Ireland’s first foreign-language Oscar nomination in 2007.
Peter Coonan (“Love / Hate”) plays the priest whose youth support for violent resistance across a divided Ireland catches up with him later in life. Barry Barnes (“71”) and Gerard McSorley (“Omagh”) are also playing.
London-based Starline Entertainment manages worldwide sales of “Penance” and has entered into the Cinema Epoch deal. Julie Delaney, director of global distribution for Starline, negotiated the deal with Cinema Epoch chairman Gregory Hatanaka and said the Los Angeles-based independent distributor was “an ideal fit for ‘Penance’.”
Hatanaka added: “We are extremely excited to give viewers here in the United States the chance to experience this powerful film from multi-award winning Irish director Tom Collins and hope that today’s generation will learn from the events. tragic histories depicted in the film. “