Ireland selects ‘Kings’ for Oscars

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LONDON — “Kings,” directed by Tom Collins and starring Colm Meaney, has been selected as Ireland’s entry for best foreign-language film at next year’s Academy Awards.

It’s believed to be the first time an Irish-language movie has been entered in the Oscar race. “Kings” is adapted from Jimmy Murphy’s play “Kings of the Kilburn High Road,” about Gaelic-speaking Irish laborers searching for an identity in an anonymous London.

The movie had its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleah in July, and screens Sept. 12 in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema section. It will be released Sept. 21 in Ireland by Newgrange Pictures. High Point is handling international sales.

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