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The 911 of Inisherin

"The Banshees of Inisherin" may not have won any Oscars last weekend - but the film about a broken friendship is also an ode to Ireland and its unique landscape. We visited some of the filming locations in a Porsche 911 on the occasion of St. Patrick's Day.

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    Matthias Mederer · ramp.pictures

Briefly about the plot of the film. Ireland, exactly 100 years ago. Civil war is raging on the mainland, but on the remote island of Inisherin, life goes on as usual. A little farming and cheese, then at two o'clock the men go to the pub for a drink. For many years, this is also the routine of the two friends Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson). But from one day to the next, Colm quits Pádraic's friendship because his friend is too simple-minded for him and Colm would rather devote himself to music instead, to leave something lasting for mankind, like Mozart, for example. The good-natured Pádraic is devastated and refuses to accept this. When Colm cuts off a finger and throws it at Pádraic's front door, it becomes clear that Colm means business. Later he also cuts off the other four fingers of his hand.

At this point, at the latest, the film veers into the brilliantly tragic-comic heights that the trio of director and screenwriter Martin McDonagh, Colin Ferrall and Brendan Gleeson already achieved with In Bruges (2008) to become cult guarantors. The forehead and eyebrows of Colin Ferrall alone play so brilliantly that you could give them own Oscar and already for the moment when his beloved dwarf donkey Jenny chokes to death on the cut finger of Colm. There is no film version of Romeo and Juliet in which Romeo would have mourned his deceased Juliet more than this Pádraic mourned his dwarf donkey.

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The film was shot in 2021 and the camera was directed by Ben Davis, who also worked with McDonagh on »Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri« and on »7 Psychos." Large parts of the film were shot on the west coast of Ireland on the islands of Árainn and Acaill, partly because McDonagh spent large parts of his childhood there and this area left a formative impression on him.

The forehead and eyebrows of Colin Ferrall alone play so brilliantly that you could give them own Oscar and already for the moment when his beloved dwarf donkey Jenny chokes to death on the cut finger of Colm.

Two years before filming began, we were already on the road in a Porsche 911 (992) on the roads of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Among others also on the R319 towards Keem Bay. Even before the film chose this spot as its central location, it was considered a must-see spot. The house on the coast, which serves as Colm Doherty's home in the film and is later set on fire by Pádraic, really exists and existed at the time. It was adapted a bit to 1923 for the film. However, the view from the bay to the sea remained unchanged. And it will remain so in the future.

If you want to find a detailed listing of the filming locations and tips on how to best get to the corresponding spots, they are listed here:
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Matthias Mederer

Matthias Mederer

Editor & Photographer
One car. One camera. A driver. The location? Gladly a city like New York, Cape Town, Berlin or Tokyo. If, on top of that, a typhoon passes through, the conditions are almost ideal. Matthias Mederer may swear like an ill-bred bare-nuckle fighter, but he also delivers. Compulsory and freestyle. His style: cinematic. "Basically, it's like a harmless Tarantino film for me: good soundtrack, a few crazy dialogues and with a few little tricks, in the end it's mainly the story that makes the mark." Well, and he can also write more than remarkably.

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