Tribeca Film acquired North American rights to Ed Burns’ “The Fitzgerald Family Christmas,” prior to its Toronto debut on September 9. Writer-director and star Burns is joined in the film by Connie Britton and Michael McGlone — both of whom also starred with him in his debut “The Brothers McMullen,” as well as Noah Emmerich, Kerry Bishe, Caitlin Fitzgerald and Ed Lauter. Tribeca, who also released Burns’ “Newlyweds” last year, is eyeing a late November release via multiple platforms, maximizing the holiday-theme potential. Burns calls the film his “most personal work”; check out the synopsis below.
Tribeca’s Geoff Gilmore says, “Deeply felt performances from a strong ensemble cast make the Fitzgeralds a family that recalls the McMullen’s but with a fresh and wry perspective all its own.”
With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen. Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics. Alliances form, old wounds are reopened or glossed over, and the possibility for a new hope and forgiveness emerges.