For writer/director Martin McDonagh, “In Bruges” began to take shape in Bruges during a weekend in the city. Located in Belgium, about an hour from Brussels, Bruges was an trading city in the Middle Ages, after which it became wealthy. Its fortunes waned, but its historic architecture, art, and canals remained, and at the end of the 19th century, it became a popular tourist center. McDonagh remembers, While I was first there, about 4 years ago, I had diverging feelings about the place. I started thinking of two characters who might respond to Bruges in distinct ways, and I started writing about them, with specific parts of Bruges for them to interact in and around. Producer Graham Broadbent thought the script was “an amazing piece of writing–dazzling dialogue with a compelling story and wonderful roles”. On visiting Bruges itself, you could see that it would be an additional character in the story; the city has such heightened atmosphere and its so picturesque, whichever way you pointed a camera, it was going to look extraordinary.
Directed by Martin McDonagh
A black and bloody Irish comedy about a sad train journey where an older man, whose wife has died that morning, encounters a strange and possibly psychotic young oddball…
2006 Academy Awards (Oscar) - Best Short Film, Live Action - Winner
2005 BAFTA Awards - Best Short Film - Nominee