“There is a great war being fought all around us. A powerful man does not become so without sin.” In 13th century Ireland, on an island on the edge of the world ‘Pilgrimage’ follows a small group of monks who transport their monastery’s holiest relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril torn between centuries of tribal warfare and the growing power of Norman invaders to Rome. “You will see the safe delivery of our holiest relic to Rome.”
“It is our duty, I will carry it. They will kill us.” “We are all alone.” “We are never alone. Have faith.” When the true significance of the relic is revealed, the journey becomes much more treacherous, and the group’s faith and loyalty to one another are tested.
“A Powerful man does not become so without sin. Blackest of their deeds bind us to them.” Escorting their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome, the monks’ progress is seen through the eyes of a pious young novice and a mute lay-brother with a violent past. “But he is just a mute, a half-wit.” “He is not a half-wit.”
“Our enemy is the devil himself, we shall pray for his soul.” As the true material, political and religious significance of the bejeweled relic becomes dangerously apparent, their path to the east coast becomes increasingly fraught with danger. The monks belatedly realize that in this wild land of ancient superstitions, the faith that binds them together may ultimately lead to their destruction.
Directed by Brendan Muldowney from a screenplay by Jamie Hannigan ‘Pilgrimage‘ debuted at the Tribecca Film Festival April 23, 2017. Starring Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage, it is scheduled for general release in theaters, VOD and streaming on August 11, 2017.
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