The Quiet Girl
An Cailín Ciúin

Director: Colm Bairéad
Origin: Ireland (2021)
Language: Irish with English subtitles

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Still waters run deep in this rousing Irish-language story of love and loss set in 1980s Ireland, awarded the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus Grand Prix for Best Film.

Nine-year-old Cáit is on the bottom rung of a bustling family headed by a bullying father and a pregnant-again mother. When she is sent away to spend the summer at a farm belonging to her mother’s cousin and her husband, the neglected child experiences – for the first time – what it’s like to flourish under the eyes of attentive guardians.

Featuring a star-making performance from young Catherine Clinch, this adaptation of Claire Keegan’s beloved novella Foster is the first ever Irish-language feature to screen in competition at the Berlinale, and subsequently won Best Irish Feature at the Dublin International Film Festival as well as eight awards – including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress – at the Irish Film & Television Awards. Written and directed by rising talent Colm Bairéad, and brought to life with meditative compositions by DOP Kate McCullough (Normal People), The Quiet Girl is a tale of life-changing tragedy and emerging love, told with graceful simplicity.

“Unexpectedly beautiful … The Quiet Girl is thoughtful, spiritual in its stillness but alive with the hum of the land and the emotions it guards.” – Screen Daily

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Key Cast
Andrew Bennett, Carrie Crowley, Catherine Clinch, Kate Nic Chonaonaigh, Michael Patric
Colm Bairéad
Cleona Ní Chrualaoi
Colm Bairéad
Kate McCullough
Stephen Rennicks
John Murphy
Costume Designer
Louise Stanton
Production Designer
Emma Lowney
Premiere Status
Victorian Premiere