“Small Things Like These”an Irish historical drama about the Magdalene laundries starring Cillian Murphy in full streak of awards for “Oppenheimer”will inaugurate the Berlinale next month, organizers said in a statement Thursday.
The film starring Murphy brings a massive dose of stardom to the festival, known for being highly political, ahead of the Oscars, where “Oppenheimer” It seems that she will come out very well thanks to her triumphs at the Golden Globes.
“With ‘Small Things Like These’, Tim Mielants tells the story of a man of few words, with wide eyes, as clear as the Irish sky”said festival co-director Carlo Chatrian.
What Small Things Like These is about
“Small Things Like These” is set in 1985 and follows a coal merchant, played by Murphy, who learns about the existence of Magdalene laundries for “wayward young women” in his town.
Based on the book of the same name by Claire Keegan In 2021, the film will reunite Murphy with director Mielants after having worked together on the hit historical crime drama “Peaky Blinders” and also features Michelle Fairley, Emily Watson, Ciaran Hinds and Eileen Walsh.
The laundries, which have also been portrayed in the award-winning film “The Magdalene Sisters”starring Walsh, subjected 10,000 women and girls as young as nine to hardship from the founding of the Irish state in 1922 until 1996.
Run by Catholic nuns, the laundries have been accused of treating inmates like slaves, imposing a regime of fear and prayer on girls who were sometimes placed in their care for having become pregnant out of wedlock. One in 10 inmates died.
“Small Things Like These”for which Murphy is also a producer, along with Matt Damon and Ben Affleckwill also compete for the Berlinale’s top award, the festival reported.
The 74th edition of the Berlin Film Festival will be held from February 15 to 25.
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