The year is 1209, and the country is Ireland. In the new film Pilgrimage, a small group of monks begin a reluctant pilgrimage across an island which has seen centuries of tribal warfare and is now dealing with the growing power of Norman invaders. As the monks escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome, the true value of the bejeweled artifact becomes dangerously apparent, and their path becomes increasingly fraught with danger.
Pilgrimage stars young man-of-the-hour Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal, and Richard Armitage from Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films. The film is written by Jamie Hannigan and directed by Brendan Muldowney.
“I saw a genre film, which begins with the classic opening of ‘the hero’s journey,’” says Muldowney in his director’s statement. “The novice and his band of monks must go on a dangerous journey to guard the mystical relic, which may or may not have supernatural powers. The devotion to and obsession with what is essentially a piece of rock had a beautiful irony to me. I loved the way the build-up to the action was slow and suspense-filled so that when the violence exploded, it had more power. I loved the setting of the monks’ monastery on the edge of the world, which hasn’t been explored in Irish cinema before.”
Pilgrimage will be released in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD on Aug. 11.
Watch the film’s trailer and an exclusive clip above.