An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) is shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.
The hugely successful Irish language film is one of 15 films shortlisted for the 95th Academy Awards.
The film was selected as Ireland’s nominated film for this category by the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) in August.
Since then, Academy Awards members have been invited to participate in the preliminary round of voting and have had to watch all 15 shortlisted films in order to vote.
The next step is to narrow the numbers down to the final five, who will be competing for the Oscar at a ceremony in Los Angeles next March.
Based on the novella by Claire Keegan Support financially, A Cailín Ciúin has been described as an “intricate, heartfelt” coming-of-age drama that explores the importance of family through the eyes of a neglected young girl.
Set in rural Ireland in 1981, the film follows Cáit, played by Catherine Clinch, who is sent from her overcrowded, dysfunctional household to spend the summer with distant relatives.
She is welcomed with open arms by Eibhlín, played by Carrie Crowley, but her husband, played by Andrew Bennett, keeps Cáit at a distance.
Slowly, however, a warmth grows within this makeshift family and Cáit begins to thrive in her care. But in this house where there are no secrets, she discovers a painful truth.
A Cailín Ciúin was directed by Colm Bairéad and produced by Inscéal’s Cleona Ní Chrualaoi.
Mr Bairéad said he and Ms Ní Chrualaoi were “absolutely thrilled” that the film had been shortlisted.
“We are particularly proud to be the first Irish language film to do so. What a historic moment for Irish language cinema,” said Mr Bairéad.
“We feel privileged and honored to continue to represent Ireland A Cailín Ciúin Applications for a nomination at the 95th Academy Awards.
“We would not have made it this far without the incredible support of Screen Ireland, TG4, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the hard work and dedication of our distributors. Special thanks also go to the Irish Film and Television Academy for their continued support and dedication and to the audiences who have come in such record numbers to see our film so far.”
The film was funded through the Cine4 program by TG4, Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The film also benefits from the Irish Government’s Section 481 tax incentive.
It has grossed over €1 million at the box office in Ireland and the UK, making it the highest-grossing Irish language film of all time.
A Cailín Ciúin has won a host of awards since it premiered at the Berlinale last February, including being the first domestic film to be named Best Film of the Year by the Dublin Film Critic’s Circle just last week, Best Camera at the 2022 European Film Awards for Kate McCullough, seven IFTAs and numerous other awards from Sydney to Colorado.
The film now moves on to the next phase of the Oscar nominations, in which members of the Academy will select from the reduced list of nominees in the category the final five nominees for the 2023 Academy Awards, which will take place on March 12.
TG4 Director General Alan Esslemont said he was “delighted” to hear the good news.
“I would like to congratulate Cleona and Colm and everyone involved in any way A Cailín Ciúin; the first Irish language film to be shortlisted in the Best International Film category,” he said.
“When TG4 launched the Cine4 program with Screen Ireland and the BAI, our vision was to win an Oscar for an Irish language film. Today’s news brings us one step closer to that goal and is very encouraging for everyone in the Irish creative community. Comhghairdeas ó chroí.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/an-cailin-ciuin-shortlisted-for-best-international-feature-film-at-oscars-42236896.html An Cailín Ciúin shortlisted for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars