Eclipse Pictures is teaming up with UK distributor Icon Film Distribution for the Irish and UK theatrical release of Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid.

Anthropoid is based on the extraordinary true story of the World War II operation to assassinate Nazi commanding officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich was the Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler; he was the main architect behind the Final Solution and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. Nicknamed “The Butcher of Prague,” his reign of terror and brutality prompted Czech authorities in London to hatch a top-secret mission, codenamed “Operation Anthropoid,” which would change history forever.

One of the most terrifying and thrilling stories of World War II,Anthropoid follows two soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile, Josef Gabcík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city locked down under Nazi occupation, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, the man many saw as Adolf Hitler’s natural successor.

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Written and directed by British filmmaker Ellis (Metro Manilla) and starring Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) alongside Jamie Dornan (The Fall), the film also stars Toby Jones, Charlotte Le Bon, Sam Keeley, Anna Geislerová, Seán Mahon, Harry Lloyd, and Bill Milner.

Anthropoid releases in cinemas across Ireland and the UK from Friday September 9th, 2016.

2 Responses

  1. Liam Doran

    ? Irish cinemas. This film is on limited release with no screenings in most multiplexes in Ireland. I won’t get to see this as I don’t live in a city. This situation is a joke as distributors have no interest in widely distributing good films. Remake rubbish like Ben Hur is what we have to contend with.

    • Niall

      Hi Liam. It’s not necessarily the distributors that are to blame. Multiplexes favour the higher profile (studio) films over those that are (or can be) deemed art-house or independent fare. What can happen for a smaller film, or one that does not have a studio-backed distributor, is a small release that shows audience appetite for the film, which can then be used to show the cinema chains that the film is worth showing. This happened with A Date for Mad Mary, but sadly does not appear to have happened for Anthropoid.


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