It’s been since the middle of February, just after its appearance at the Berlinale, that we had anything on James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer, a film I’m really looking forward to. Today we have a UK trailer (since the film opens there on 24th August.), thanks to FilmStage. Set in 1990s Belfast, a woman (Andrea Riseborough, W.E.) is forced to betray all she believes in for the sake of her son.
When a widowed mother (and active member of the IRA) is arrested in an aborted bomb plot, she falls into the hands of a British intelligence officer (Clive Owen). After the MI5 agent offers her an ultimatum, she must make hard choices to protect her son in this heart-wrenching thriller.
Shadow Dancer stars along with Owen and Riseborough, Aidan Gillen (The Wire, Game of Thrones), Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and part 2 and son of Brendan) and Gillian Anderson.
Director Marsh has received much claim for his documentaries Project Nim and Man on Wire, but he also directed 1/3 of the Red Riding Trilogy so I think he knows something about building tension. I’m anxious to see what he does with this, especially given the terrific cast he’s assembled. The trailer leads me to believe this is a well crafted little political thriller, a genre among my favorites.
ATO Pictures has acquired the North American distribution rights though we still don’t have a fixed release date.