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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 November 2007, 12:18 GMT
Hitman comedy to launch Sundance
Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes
Farrell (left) plays a hitman sent to Belgium by Fiennes (right)
A comedy about hitmen set in Bruges will launch the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, organisers have announced.

In Bruges stars Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell as two Irish assassins sent to the Belgian city by employer Ralph Fiennes after bungling a job.

The film is the first feature from the playwright Martin McDonagh, who won an Academy Award in 2006 for short film Six Shooter, also starring Gleeson.

Next year's Sundance festival runs from 17 to 27 January in Park City, Utah.

Run by Robert Redford's Sundance Institute, the annual event is America's leading showcase for low-budget, independent and speciality movies.

'Totally original'

"In many ways In Bruges is a quintessential Sundance film," said festival director Geoffrey Gilmore.

"It's brutal, philosophical, funny, and totally original, he continued, describing 37-year-old McDonagh as "a masterful storyteller."

The offbeat comedy is one of around 120 features screening at this year's event, one of the highlights on the film festival calendar.

The full programme will announced at the end of the month.

Fiennes is currently in Bath filming period drama The Duchess with Keira Knightley.

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