IFC Films Nabs Irish Revenge Drama 'Black 47'

Black 47 Still 1- Berlin International Film Festival - Publicity-H 2018
Courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival

The film, directed by Lance Daly, debuted in Berlin and is set to screen in Toronto ahead of a Sept. 28 theatrical release.

IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Black 47, director Lance Daly's Irish famine revenge drama starring Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox and Jim Broadbent.

IFC plans a Sept. 28 theatrical release after Black 47 debuted in Berlin and is set to have a North American bow next month in Toronto.

The film, set against the backdrop of the Irish potato famine of the mid-1800s, follows a battle-hardened soldier (Frecheville) deserting the British army to return home to Ireland, only to find his family decimated and his country ravaged beyond recognition by hunger and hardship.

"We are honored to be able to release a film with such deep historical significance," Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films, said Thursday in a statement.

Black 47 is produced by Macdara Kelleher, Tim O'Hair, Arcadiy Golubovich and Jonathan Loughran.