Ireland Selects ‘The Quiet Girl’ as International Oscar Entry – News Kidda

The 2023 Oscars may be more than seven months away, and the events of last March’s ceremony may still be making headlines. But that won’t stop Ireland coming early in the race.

As much of the industry is slowly emerging from the summer break and looking suspiciously at the upcoming awards season, the Irish Film & Television Academy has announced that the Irish-language feature The quiet girl (An Cailín Ciúin) has been selected as Ireland’s Best International Feature Film for the upcoming 95th Academy Awards.

The feature film debut of Colm Bairéad, The quiet girl recently made history in Ireland when it became the first Irish-language film to win the Irish Academy Award (IFTA) for Best Picture. The film received a total of 7 IFTAs, including awards for director, actress, cinematography, editing, production design and original score. It also broke box office records in Ireland and the UK, earning over $700,000 since its March bow, more than four times the record for the previous Irish-language film.

A coming-of-age drama set in rural Ireland in 1981, The quiet girl follows Cáit (Catherine Clinch) as she is sent out of her overcrowded, dysfunctional household to live with distant relatives for the summer. She is welcomed with open arms by Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), but her husband (Andrew Bennett) keeps Cáit at a distance. Slowly, however, a warmth grows within this makeshift family and Cáit begins to blossom under their care. But in this house where there should be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth.

The film was produced by Cleona Ní Chrualaoí as part of the Cine4 funding program for Irish language films, in association with Screen Ireland, TG4 and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), and the film has also been received by the Irish Government Department . 481 tax incentive.

“We are more than words honored that An Cailín Ciúin / The Silent Girl has been selected to represent Ireland,” said Bairéad and Chrualaoí. “Our sincere thanks to IFTA and its selection committee. We have always believed in the idea that an Irish-language film could stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of world cinema and we are so proud to represent our country and language in this way.”

IFTA’s 2023 Irish Selection Committee consisted of producer and Emmy-nominated actress Roma Downey (Ben-Hur, touched by an angel), Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly (Chicago, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty), producer & Paramount TV executive vp of international strategy David Flynn (Bodkin, Seraphim Falls), Oscar-nominated director Jim Sheridan (My left foot, in America) and actress Fionnula Flanagan (The others, the guard). The committee was chaired by Academy CEO, Áine Moriarty.

“This is such a unique and beautiful film that captures your heart from the start and leaves you deeply moved,” said Moriarty. “How proud we are to enter this outstanding Irish language film into the Oscar competition, to compete with the best in the world, as we know this story will resonate with an international audience, beyond language borders, and no doubt with members of the American Academy. at.”

The quiet girl has some time to wait to see if it resonates with AMPAS members, with the 15-strong shortlist for the best international film of 2023 not being announced until December 21 before the final five nominees in the category are announced on January 24. revealed.

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