Sony Picture Classics has secured a deal for the US and Latin American rights to the Irish film 'The Guard' after it received rave reviews from pundits following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

It means the Brendan Gleeson-starring film has now sold to almost every territory in the world.

Written and 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 (Don Cheadle), an FBI agent on the trail of cocaine smugglers.

Trade daily Variety said Gleeson "owns the screen as a beer-swilling, crotch-grabbing, Derringer-firing crusader with one hell of a filthy mouth to go along with his heart of gold".

The Hollywood Reporter said: "Scabrous, profane, violent, verbally adroit and very often hilarious, this twisted and exceptionally accomplished variation on the buddy-cop format is capped by a protean performance by Brendan Gleeson."

'The Guard' will be released in Irish cinemas this summer.