'The Guard', the new Irish comedy-thriller starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, is to be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival next month.

The film, which will receive its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the US later this month, will be screened as part of the Panorama programme in Berlin.

Directed by John Michael McDonagh, 'The Guard' is set in the west of Ireland where Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Gleeson) finds his routine disrupted by the arrival of Wendell Everett (Cheadle), an FBI agent on the trail of cocaine smugglers.

The film, which also stars Fionnuala Flanagan, Liam Cunningham and Mark Strong, is an Irish-UK co-production and will be released in Irish cinemas later this year.