Irish film on Oscar shortlist

An Irish-language film has been shortlisted for the Oscars in the best international film category.

n Cailin Ciuin (The Quiet Girl) was one of 15 films shortlisted in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The final list of nominees for the 95th Academy Awards will be announced in January.

Based on the novel Foster by Claire Keegan, the film directed by Colm Bairead, is a coming-of-age drama that delves into the meaning of family through the eyes of an abandoned young girl.

Set in rural Ireland in 1981, the film follows Cait (Catherine Clinch) as she is sent from her dysfunctional, overcrowded family to live with distant relatives for the summer.

The series was funded through the Cine4 program from TG4, Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

It grossed over a million euros (£878,000) at the box office in Ireland and the UK, becoming the most successful Irish-language film ever and having won several awards.

Mr. Bairead and producer Cleona Ni Chrualaoi, from Insceal, the film’s production company, said: “We are extremely pleased that An Cailin Ciuin has been shortlisted by the Academy for the best international feature film. and we are especially proud to be the first Irish-language film to achieve this.

“What a historic moment for Irish-language cinema.” Irish film on Oscar shortlist

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