‘An Cailín Ciúin’, a film told almost entirely in the Irish language, has entered the race for next year’s Oscars.
“An Cailín Ciúin” (“The Quiet Girl”) has been shortlisted by the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) as Ireland’s entry for Best International Feature Film at the 2023 Academy Awards.
Is mór an onóir dúinn é seo! #TheQuietGirl #AnCailínCiúin by @ColmBairead was announced by @IFTA as Ireland’s official entry for Best International Feature Film at the 95th @The Academy Price! 🇮🇪 We are truly honored 💚🙏 @ScreenIreland @TG4TV @BAItweets @BanksideFilms pic.twitter.com/B6tpYB38lt
– An Cailín Ciúin / The Quiet Girl (@quietgirlfilm) August 3, 2022
Set in rural Ireland, the coming-of-age film based on the novel “Foster” by Irish writer Claire Keegan, follows Cáit (Catherine Clinch) as she is kicked out of her overcrowded and dysfunctional home for living with distant relatives (Carrie Crowley and Andrew Bennett) for the summer. She begins to blossom under their care but in this house where there should be no secrets, she discovers a painful truth.
The film, directed by Colm Bairéad, had an extensive tour of Irish and UK cinemas and has so far grossed €870,000 at the box office. It has since secured releases in international territories, including New Zealand and Australia.
The Irish film was shortlisted for the Oscar by IFTA’s 2023 Irish Selection Committee, which includes Roma Downey, John C. Reilly, David Flynn, Jim Sheridan, Aisling Walsh and Fionnula Flanagan. The committee was chaired by IFTA CEO Aine Moriarty.
Moriarty said: “The Irish Academy is delighted to announce ‘An Cailín Ciúin’https://www.irishcentral.com/”The Quiet Girl” to represent Ireland for the 95th Academy Awards in the Best Feature category international footage.
“This is such a unique and beautiful film that captures your heart from the start and leaves you deeply moved. How proud we are to submit this exceptional Irish-language film for the Oscars competition, to rival the best in the world, as we know that this story will resonate with an international audience, beyond the borders of language, and no doubt with members of the American Academy as well”.
Colm Bairéad, writer/director of the film, and Cleona Ní Chrualaoi, producer, said: “We are honored beyond words that ‘An Cailín Ciúin’ https://www.irishcentral.com/”The Quiet Girl’ has been selected to represent Ireland. Our sincere thanks to IFTA and its selection committee.
“We have always believed in the idea that an Irish language film can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in world cinema and we are so proud to represent our country and our language in this way.
“It has been an amazing privilege to bring Claire Keegan’s ‘Foster’ to the big screen and we look forward to bringing our film to more and more Academy members as ‘The Quiet Girl’ continues its rollout on the international scene. .”
‘An Cailín Ciúin’ also made Irish history as the first Irish-language film to win the Irish Film and Television Academy Award for Best Picture in March. The film was also honored at the Dublin and Berlin film festivals earlier this year.
15 international films will now be selected for the next stage of the Oscars process on December 21 and a shortlist will be unveiled in January ahead of the 95th Academy Awards in March 2023.