An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) previewed at the Berlin International Film Festival
“An Cailín Ciúin” will be screened in Berlin in February and in Irish theaters in spring 2022.
Great news for Irish language cinema was revealed today, with An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) selected for its world premiere at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival.
Irish distributor Break Out Pictures recently acquired the film and announced that it will be screened as part of the Generation segment of the festival. This facet of the festival presents international feature films that tell stories through the eyes of their young protagonists and make their world tangible.
An Cailín Ciúin marks the first feature film by screenwriter / director Colm Bairéad. The project was shot on location in Meath and Dublin last year with funding acquired from Screen Ireland, TG4 and BAI under the Cine4 program. Cleona Ní Chrualaoi d’Inscéal produced the work.
Speaking about the historic Berlinale selection, Bairéad said: “We are honored and touched to have been selected for the Berlinale and, in particular, for the Generation component of the festival.
“An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) has been influenced by several films that have starred in this installment over the years, so it’s extremely rewarding to join their ranks. “
Dearbhla Regan, Project Manager for Cinema at Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland said: “We are delighted to congratulate writer / director Colm Bairéad and the creative team behind An Cailín Ciúin on the film’s official selection at the Berlin Film Festival. Its world premiere in Berlin next February will provide an excellent platform to enter the international market and connect with the festival audience, adding to a new wave of Irish-language cinema. An Cailín Ciúin is a very special movie and we can’t wait for audiences here and around the world to see this movie next year.
The film tells the story of Cáit (Catherine Clinch) – a nine-year-old girl from an overcrowded and dysfunctional family who is sent to live with foster parents for the summer. Despite a warm welcome from the woman, Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), the man of the house, Seán (Andrew Bennett), keeps his distance from Cáit.
However, over time their strained relationship begins to deepen and Cáit thrives and discovers a new way of life. But in this house where there are no secrets, she discovers a painful truth.
Based on the acclaimed story to favor through Little things like these author Claire Keegan, An Cailín Ciúin is a complex and delicate coming-of-age drama that explores issues of family, neglect and loss through the eyes of its young protagonist.
Stay tuned for the film’s February premiere and a Spring 2022 theatrical release for Irish Language Jewel.