Established playwright Conor McPherson can add another feather to his cap now that Magnolia has acquired his debut directorial project, The Eclipse (not to be confused with Eclipse, the 2nd Twilight sequel), at Tribeca 2009. The deal is also notable as the first major sale at the fest for the past several years.
The Eclipse seems to be more atmospheric drama than pure horror, but The Hollywood Reporter describes it as containing enough “relationship and genre elements [so that] the film has been seen by buyers at the fest as a potential crossover hit”, and Magnolia is certainly no stranger to genre films, which bodes well for fans.
Here’s a synopsis from the Tribeca website: Amid lush hills and crumbling stone abbeys, the soggy waterside town of Cobh plays host to a chaotic annual literary festival. Widower Michael (Ciarán Hinds, Munich) has been adjusting to his new role as the sole caretaker of his two young kids. When he volunteers as a handler at the festival, chance finds him driving supernatural-fiction writer Lena (Iben Hjejle, High Fidelity). He becomes drawn to her but finds himself competing for her attentions with internationally acclaimed author Nicholas (Aidan Quinn), also in town to plug his latest best seller and reclaim the girl he can’t get out of his head.
Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles was quoted by indieWIRE as saying, “This fantastic and fantastical film is one of the most fresh and original films I’ve seen in quite some time.” As further proof of the quality of The Eclipse, Hinds won the best actor jury prize for his performance.
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