Irish language film An Cailín Ciúin and charming film centered on mourning Roise & Frank hits theaters later this year.
An Cailín Ciúin and Roise & Frank were honored with the Dublin Film Critics Circle (DFCC) Awards at the closing night of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival today.
Both films come from the TG4, Screen Ireland and BAI CINE4 programme. Colm Bairead An Cailín Ciúin received the award for Best Irish Film and a Film Focused on Grief Roise & Frank received the honor of best ensemble.
An Cailín Ciúin tells the story of Cáit – played by newcomer Catherine Clinch – a nine-year-old girl from an overcrowded and dysfunctional family who is sent to live with adoptive parents for the summer. Despite a warm welcome from the woman, Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), the man of the house, Seán (Andrew Bennett), keeps his distance from Cáit and she from him. Over time, their strained relationship begins to deepen. Slowly, under the care of the Kinsellas, Cáit blossoms and discovers a new way of life. But in this house where there should be no secrets, she discovers a painful truth.
Based on to favor by Claire Kegan An Cailín Ciúin is a complex and delicate coming-of-age drama that explores issues of family, neglect and loss through the eyes of its young protagonist.
The film debuted at the Berlin Film Festival last month, marking the first Irish-language film to feature. It received the Generation Kplus International Jury Grand Prize for Best Film and also received a Special Mention from the Children’s Jury after its world premiere at the festival.
The film opened the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival and also screened at the Glasgow Film Festival over the weekend, winning praise from national and international critics.
An Cailín Ciúin is the feature debut of writer/director Colm Bairéad and producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoi of Inscéal. Bairéad received the Aer Lingus Discovery Award at DIFF earlier this week.
“It’s a huge honor to receive the Best Irish Film award,” said Cleona Ní Chrualaoi, Producer of An Cailín Ciúin said today.
“We are very honored to have been chosen from a host of fantastic Irish films. This award is a resounding endorsement of the Cine4 programme, under which An Cailín Ciúin has been achieved, and of the vision of TG4, Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to develop and fund Irish language feature films. Go raibh míle maith agaibh to these backers, to our amazing cast and crew, to the Dublin Film Critics Circle and the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival for believing in our film and bringing it to an Irish audience for the first time.”
Elsewhere, charming winner of the best ensemble Roise & Frank portrays Róise (Bríd Ní Neachtain) who lost her husband Frank’s love two years prior. She is now isolated in grief and cut off from her family and community, until a mysterious dog arrives who seems determined to connect with her.
The dog likes sports and steaks, has a favorite chair in his house and a dislike for his neighbor Donncha. Róise soon realizes that the dog is her reincarnated beloved husband Frank. Her son (Cillian Ó Gairbhí) meanwhile thinks she’s lost her mind, but the local community embraces the idea of Frank’s return. Róise is happy again but is there a real future for her with a dog husband?
Roise & Frank was directed by Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy and produced by Cúán Mac Conghail of Macalla Teo. Macalla also produced the award-winning and acclaimed Irish language feature film Tear off.
“I am delighted that Roise & Frank was well received at DIFF!” Rachael Moriarty said happily.
“It was brought to the big screen by a team of excellent actors who undoubtedly deserved recognition and we are delighted to receive the Best Ensemble award. Roise & Frank is a fascinating and humorous story. The film is currently being screened at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in California, and audiences here are enjoying it as well. For many here, it’s the first time they’ve heard Irish and seen hurling!”
Alan Esslemont, Managing Director of TG4 congratulated the production teams of both films.
“TG4 congratulates Inscéal and Macalla for the trophies of An Cailín Ciúin and Roise & Frank at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival,” Esslemont said.
“Bringing Irish-language content to all platforms and screens is central to TG4’s strategy for our audiences. The success of the CINE4 program so far has seen world-class Irish-language films in cinemas and at film festivals around the world. These awards at DIFF give recognition to the quality of acting and showcase the talent and skills of Irish production teams in a global audiovisual market.”
An Cailín Ciúin and Roise & Frank hits theaters later this year.