Lionsgate acquires North American rights to historical drama Small Things Like These, starring Cillian Murphy and Emily Watson

Lionsgate acquires North American distribution rights to Cillian Murphy’s latest feature film, Little things like this. Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Claire Keegan, the historical drama explores a dark secret kept in a monastery and the father who discovers the hard truth. Murphy produces Little things like this in addition to his leading role with Emily Watson (Gosford Park, Stupid-drunk love, The breaking of the waves) starring.

Tim Mielants (Want to, The Patrick, The commenter) directs Little things like this from a script by Enda Walsh. The following description comes courtesy of Lionsgate’s official press release:

Little things like thisthe opening film, which played in competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival and won a Silver Bear for Emily Watson’s performance, is set during Christmas 1985, when devoted father Bill Furlong (Murphy) discovers the surprising secrets hidden by the monastery in his city, as well as some shocking truths about his own life.

Murphy and Alan Moloney produce through their Big Things Films banner with financing from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Artists Equity studio.

“We are incredibly proud to present this film to the public. Claire Keegan’s book is a compelling, heartbreaking and empathetically told story about a character who not only uncovers a local mystery, but also discovers who he really is. said Adam Fogelson, chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. “Cillian is at the height of his powers, both as an actor and as a producer, and it is exciting to be working with Matt and Ben on the distribution of a film they have lovingly helmed. It is especially meaningful for us to distribute in Ireland, where we are confident audiences will embrace the film.”

“Especially since Little things like this marks the first project from Big Things Films, I’m especially pleased that Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will be bringing it to audiences in Ireland, the US and the UK. Making the film was a labor of love; I can’t wait to talk about it. We are extremely grateful to Artists Equity for their continued support throughout this process.” said Murphy. “From the moment we shared the script, they have been there for us and we are extremely grateful for their philosophy and partnership.”

Cillian Murphy is riding high after Christopher Nolan’s success Oppenheimer, in which Murphy starred as the “Father of the Atomic Bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer. In addition to Little things like thisMurphy teams up with Danny Boyle again 28 years laterthe third film in the 28 days later franchise.