The guard

The guard
John Michael McDonagh
Ireland (Eire), United kingdom
John Michael McDonagh
Brendan Gleeson / Don Cheadle
Element Pictures [IE] / Reprisal Films [GB]


Set on the west coast of Ireland, Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. But although Boyle seems more interested in mocking and undermining Everett than in actively working to solve the case, he finds that circumstances keep pulling him back into the thick of it. First his tiresomely enthusiastic new partner disappears, then his favourite hooker attempts to blackmail him into turning a blind eye, and finally the drug-traffickers themselves try to buy him off as they have every other member of the local police force.

Festivals & Academy awards and others

Berlin International Film Festival 2011
Panorama Special
Sundance Film Festival 2011
World Cinema Dramatic Competition
Tribeca Film Festival 2011
Valladolid International Film Festival (Seminci) 2011
Official Section

Berlinale Awards 2011
Best First Feature. Special Mention.
Valladolid International Film Week (Seminci) Awards 2011
Best Actor Award (Brendan Gleeson)
IFTA - Irish Films & Television Awards 2012
Best Film Award
Best Script Award
Best Director Award
Best Actress Award, Fionnula Flanagan
Best Actor Nomination, Brendan Gleeson
Best supporting Actor Nomination, Liam Cunningham
Best International Actor Nomination, Don Cheadle
Best Production Design Nomination
Bestn Sound Nomination


Spain (20 of July 2012)
France (2 of November 2011)
Belgium (21 of September 2011)
United kingdom (19 of August 2011)