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A legendary relic, an ancient brotherhood, a journey across a war-torn world.

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In 13th century Ireland, a group of monks must escort a sacred relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril.

  • A journey paved in blood.

Ireland, 1209. An island on the edge of the world. A small group of monks begins a reluctant pilgrimage across an island torn between centuries of tribal warfare and the growing power of Norman invaders. 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. 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.



In 2009 writer Jamie Hannigan met with producer Conor Barry and director Brendan Muldowney. He had had an idea and his enthusiasm spread contagiously as he laid it out.

The script started as a seed about a double team of monks: a big silent guy and a young defenseless monk, who did all the talking for him, who wander across Ireland getting into adventures.

A small country torn apart by war, a land at the edge of the known world at the mercy of chaos, Ireland in the Middle Ages would constitute an incredibly fertile ground to set the story in.

As soon as the monks leave the monastery it becomes a journey movie. The journey acts as a solid spine to rest the story on, a story about a group of holy men carrying a stone across Ireland to Rome.

It became evident that although the themes that play through the film seem historically removed from the modern world, we can understand and relate to them. POWER and RELIGION seem to be very current issues. Religion continues to be exploited for political and economical gain, as people in power still consider is a strong means of supremacy.


Diarmuid (Tom Holland) is the young ''Novice''.

A number of years before he found The Mute (Jon Bernthal) washed ashore on a curragh, with no food and no oars. The big silent warrior fought in the crusades and witnessed unbelievable horrors. He seeks peace and redemption by taking a vow of silence and humbly offering his services to the monks. The Novice knows nothing of the outside world, and by embarking into this journey with his fellow monks he finds himself growing from being a terrified boy to a young adult, ready to take lead.

Geraldus of Albi, The Cistercian (Stanley Weber) directly represents the authority of the Pope himself and immediately poses as a powerful and new reference figure for young Diarmuid. The Novice finds himself torn between the diverging paths embodied by Geraldus and Brother Ciaran, the Herbalist (John Lynch), a senior monk of the congregation.

Geraldus, a true believer, is driven by a mix of pious duty and personal ambition, and he seems to have lost his love for humanity in a desperate search for absolute faith. On the opposite, Brother Ciaran has traveled the world but stepped away from the temptation of power and retired from worldliness in search for more spiritual matters. Reluctantly, he obeys to the task entrusted to him and leads his brothers into the perilous land.

Sir Raymond de Merville (Richard Armitage) lives with his clan in Southern Ireland, as part of the Norman invasion. His primary motive is to steal the relic from the monks. He took part to the crusades, alongside the Mute, whom he seems to recognize. The violence he perpetrated and attended to, made of him a damaged man.

Pilgrimage Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Brendan Muldowney

Writing Credits

Jamie Hannigan


Tom Holland

Jon Bernthal

Stanley Weber

Richard Armitage

Gaëtan Wenders

Donncha Crowley

John Lynch

Hugh O'Conor

Rúaidhrí Conroy

Tristan McConnell

Lochlann O'Mearáin

Eric Godon

Eoin Geoghegan

Peter Cosgrove

Diarmuid de Faoite

Tony Condren

Gary Byrne

Nikos Karathanos

Akilas Karazisis

Music by

Stephen McKeon

Cinematography by

Tom Comerford

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller

Countries: Ireland, Belgium, United States

Pilgrimage Official Trailer

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