Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt in 'Heaven'

Oliver Hirschbiegel's latest examines Northern Ireland

LONDON -- Two of Northern Ireland's most famous faces, Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt, are starring in Oliver Hirschbiegel's latest directorial outing, "Five Minutes of Heaven."

"Heaven" revolves around two men whose lives have been wrecked by the violent conflict that rocked Northern Ireland from the 1960s through the beginning of the peace process in 1998.

Both actors are no strangers to big-screen tales set at home, with Neeson starring as the titular character in 1996's "Michael Collins" and Nesbitt taking the lead in Paul Greengrass' 2002 film "Bloody Sunday."

The drama, penned by Guy Hibbert, focuses on how the duo struggle to come to terms with the after-effects of the conflict that raged between Republican and Loyalist paramilitary groups, the British Army and the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

The project is produced by Eoin O'Callaghan at Big Fish Films and executive produced by Paul Trijbits at London-based Ruby Films.

Sales are being handled by British-based, French-owned Pathe International, which is backing the project alongside BBC Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Board and Element Pictures, which will distribute the film in Eire.