Catherine Clinch and Carrie Crowley in ‘An Cailín Ciúin’.

Award-winning 'An Cailín Ciúin' for release this week

CINEMA Irish language movie made by local producer and filmed in Meath to screen in Navan

The award-winning, locally-filmed move, 'An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl)', will screen at the Arc Cinema in Navan and cinemas nationwide from this Thursday, 12th May.

Much of the film was shot on location by Breakout Pictures in Summerhill, Moynalvey (including Fagan's Pub), Curraghtown, Garlow Cross, Trim and Clonymeath.

The Irish-language feature film had its world premiere at the prestigious Berlinale in February where it scooped The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Film. It won the Audience Award and Best Irish Film at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival and took home a staggering seven Irish Film and Television Academy awards at the recent IFTAs including Best Film, Best Directoir, and Best Actress. Writer/director, Colm Bairéad, also won the Rising Star award.

An Cailín Ciúin tells the story of Cáit (Catherine Clinch) - a nine year-old girl from an overcrowded, dysfunctional family who is sent away to live with her mother’s relatives for the summer. She is welcomed with open arms by Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), but her husband (Andrew Bennett) keeps Cáit at arms length. Slowly, but surely a warmth grows within this makeshift family and Cáit blossoms in their care. But in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth.

Based on the acclaimed story, Foster by Claire Keegan, the movie is a complex and delicate coming-of-age drama that explores questions of family, neglect and loss through the eyes of its young protagonist.

An Cailín Ciúin is the feature film debut of writer/director, Colm Bairéad and producer, Cleona Ní Chrualaoi of Inscéal. Cleona hails from Gilbertstown, Longwood and went to school in the Gaeltacht area of Ráth Chairn.

Director of photography, Kate McCullough (Normal People, Arracht), who won an IFTA for her cinematography on the film, hails from Gormanston.

Inscéal expressed their heartfelt thanks to all the location owners, extras and anyone from Meath that was involved in the making of the film including the pupils of Lismullen National School, Garlow Cross, Navan.

The film was funded by Screen Ireland, TG4 and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland as part of the Cine4 scheme.

The film is released nationwide on Thursday including at the Arc Cinema in Navan; Omniplex in Drogheda; Omniplex, Balbriggan; and Vue Cinema Liffey Valley.