Kneecap are set to create history at the Sundance Film Festival with their new documentary about their roots in West Belfast. The picture is the first Irish-language film to be selected at the prestigious festival.
The film features KNEECAP members; Mo Chara, Móglaí Bap, and DJ Próvaí who all make their acting debuts. They are joined by Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender alongside Simone Kirby and Josie Walker. The story takes place in 2019 in West Belfast and centres on the trio’s journey to “change the sound of Irish music forever” after being brought together by chance.
“We are buzzing to be premiering at Sundance. Wherever we go we aim to smash preconceptions about cultural identity, language and highlight the role of the working classes to overthrow oppressive power. To now bring this message from the streets of West Belfast to the big screen is f*cking excellent. We’re immensely proud of the film and can’t wait to get it to cinemas around the world.” – KNEECAP.
The Sundance Film Festival, founded in 1978, is the world’s most prestigious festival dedicated to independent films. The Usual Suspects, Reservoir Dogs, Little Miss Sunshine, and In Bruges have previously screened at the festival, as have Irish productions such as John Crowley’s Brooklyn, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, John Carney’s Sing Street, and Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground. KNEECAP is the first non-US film to be chosen for the festival’s NEXT section.