An entry by Cailín Ciúin Ireland for next year’s Oscars


The hugely successful Irish language film An Cailín Ciúin (The Quite Girl) has been nominated as Ireland’s entry for selection in the Best International Feature Film category at next year’s Oscars.

Olm Bairéad’s feature film debut recently made history as the first Irish language film to win the Irish Academy Awards (IFTA) for Best Film.

An Cailín Ciúin received a total of seven IFTAs, including Best Director, Actress, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Original Score.

Based on the acclaimed story Foster by Irish author Claire Keegan, the film delves into the importance of family through the eyes of a neglected young girl. Set in rural Ireland in 1981, the film follows Cáit (Catherine Clinch) who is sent from her overcrowded, dysfunctional household to spend the summer with distant relatives.

A warmth slowly grows in this makeshift family and Cáit begins to thrive in her care, but in this house where there is no secret, she discovers a painful truth.

The film was selected for the 2023 Academy Awards by IFTA’s 2023 Irish Selection Committee, which includes Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly, Oscar-nominated director Jim Sheridan and actress Fionnula Flanagan.

The committee was chaired by the CEO of the IFTA Academy, Áine Moriarty.

An Cailín Ciúin has quickly become one of the most critically and commercially successful Irish films of recent years, being described by The Observer as “one of the best realized films of the year” and by The Guardian as “a gem that already feels like one.” Classic”.

Áine Moriarty, CEO of IFTA Academy, said: “This is such a unique and beautiful film that captures your heart from the start and leaves you deeply moved.

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“We are proud to submit this outstanding Irish language film to the Oscars, to compete with the best in the world, knowing that this story will resonate with international audiences beyond language and undoubtedly with members of the American Academy will find to”.

Meanwhile, the film’s writer/director Colm Bairéad and producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoi said they were “indescribably honored” to represent Ireland.

“We have always believed in the idea that an Irish language film could stand side by side with the best of world cinema and we are so proud to represent our country and our language in this way.

“It has been an extraordinary privilege to adapt Claire Keegan’s ‘Foster’ for the big screen and we can’t wait to introduce our film to more and more members of the Academy as ‘The Quiet Girl’ continues its roll-out on the international stage This would have been possible without the vision of TG4, Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland who have co-funded the Cine4 feature film initiative which has created a new wave of Irish language cinema that is gaining worldwide acclaim,” they added.

An Cailín Ciúin had its world premiere at this year’s Berlinale, where it won the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus international jury for best film.

The nominees for the Academy Award for Best International Film will be next shortlisted from 15 international finalists on Wednesday, December 21st, who will then be shortlisted on January 24th to join the final five Oscar nominees in this year’s category come.

The 95th Annual Academy Awards are currently scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and will honor the best films of 2022. An entry by Cailín Ciúin Ireland for next year’s Oscars

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