Broad Green Pictures to Distribute García’s “Last Days in the Desert”

Rodrigo García’s latest project hasn’t seen its last days

Broad Green Pictures has agreed to a deal to distribute the 56-year-old Colombian filmmaker and screenwriter’s drama Last Days in the Desert.

Rodrigo García

García’s project stars Ewan McGregor, who portrays both Jesus and the Devil in the film that highlights the work of Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.

Tye Sheridan, Ciarán Hinds and Ayelet Zure co-star in Last Days, which follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, he struggles with the Devil over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test with distinctly human conflicts.

Ewan McGregor in Last Days In The Desert

Last Days In The Desert premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The deal puts the film on the 2016 release slate in a partnership with Tugg and specialty marketing agency Different Drummer that will put the movie in non-theatrical spaces in local markets.

It’s the first collaboration between Broad Green — coming off the recent successful bow of its Robert RedfordNick Nolte film A Walk In The Woods — and Tugg, after the former announced an investment in the crowdsourcing cinema-on-demand platform last year.

García’s previous projects include the films Mother and Child, Nine Lives, Albert Nobbs, and the television series In Treatment.

Sheen Receives Nod for Ireland’s IFTA Awards

He’s earned a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award… But Martin Sheen could soon be the proud recipient of Ireland’s IFTA Award.

The 71-year-old half-Spanish/half-Irish actor, best known for his turn as the U.S. President on The West Wing, has received a leading actor in a film nomination from the Irish Film & Television Academy.

Martin Sheen

Sheen earned the nod for his role as Irish priest father Daniel Barry in the Irish film production Stella Days, a film about a small town cinema in rural Ireland that becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith and passion, Rome and Hollywood and a man and his conscience.

He faces some tough competition from Michael Fassbender (Shame), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard) and Ciaran Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) in the category.

The Irish Academy’s awards are handed out annually, aiming to celebrate Irish talent in both film and television.

“Ireland’s economic struggles have been well documented, but against this pressure it’s heartening to see how Ireland’s hard-working creative community continues to punch above its weight and really deliver,” says Irish Academy CEO Aine Moriarty.

This year’s awards will be presented in Dublin on February 11.