Critically acclaimed Irish language film An Cailín Ciúin will be released in cinemas across Ireland and Britain from this Thursday, May 12.
An Cailín Ciúin is based on Foster by Claire Keegan and is the feature film debut of writer and director Colm Bairéad and producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoi.
Since its premiere in February, the film has impressed critics and scooped awards at a number of film festivals.
It won The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Film at the Berlinale Film Festival and was awarded Best Irish Film by the Dublin Film Critics Circle.
It also won eight Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director aand Lead Actress Film.
The film, from the Cine4 scheme by TG4, Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, was the first film as gaeilge to open the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.
An Cailín Ciúin tells the story of Cáit (Catherine Clinch) – a nine-year-old girl from an overcrowded, dysfunctional family who is sent away to live with her mother’s relatives for the summer.
She is welcomed with open arms by Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), but her husband (Andrew Bennett) keeps Cáit at arms length.
Slowly but surely, a warmth grows within this makeshift family and Cáit blossoms in their care. But in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth.
Director Colm Bairéad said that they are thrilled that An Cailín Ciúin will be making its way into cinemas both here at home and in the UK via Break Out Pictures and Curzon.
“We made this film, first and foremost, for the big screen and for the communal cinema experience and we’re delighted that audiences will get to see it in this way,” he said.
The film is distributed by Break Out Pictures in Ireland and by Curzon in the UK.