An Cailín Ciúin becomes first Irish language movie to be nominated for Oscar

 The hugely successful Irish-language film An Cailín Ciúin has been nominated for the 95th Academy Awards in the ‘International Feature Film’ category of the Oscars.

The film makes history as the first Irish-language feature film to be nominated in this category.

Five films from around the world are now nominated in the ‘International Feature Film’ category. The 95th Oscar awards take place on March 12th, 2023. The other four films nominated are All Quiet on The Western Front (Germany), Argentina, 1985 (Argentina), Close (Belgium) and EO (Poland).

Based on Claire Keegan’s novella Foster, An Cailín Ciúin is an intricate, deeply felt coming-of-age drama that, tells the story of a young girl named Cáit and her transformative visit to foster parents.

The film is also set with the backdrop of the last days of the Irish Civil War in 1923, which is seen in glimpses when the characters look at the mainland, and was filmed on Ireland’s west coast on Achill Island and on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands.

An Cailín Ciúin  (The Quiet Girl) has received positive reviews, received several awards, and was screened at various international film festivals. Seven IFTA awards were given to it, including Best Film.

An Cailín Ciúin was directed by Colm Bairéad and produced by Cleona Ní Chrualaoi of Inscéal.  The film was funded through the Cine4 scheme from TG4, Screen Ireland, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The film is also in receipt of the Irish Government’s Section 481 tax incentive.

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