IT has been hailed as one of the best Irish films ever made upon its release this week.
Actually, A Cailin Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) has been quietly making waves since its debut at the Berlin International Film Festival last February. It was honored with two honors at the prestigious film festival.
At this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA), the Irish-language film hit the board, winning seven awards, including Best Director for Colm Baird, Best Lead Actress for Katherine Clinch, and Best Film.
More impressive still is the fact that A Cailin Ciúin Kenneth Branagh’s Saw Belfast for the top prizes.
Baird described the beating of the multi-Oscar nominee as “mind-blowing.”
“So much noise was quite extraordinary for our really cool little film. Certainly not a night we’ll forget,” Baird said.
Much has been made of the fact that the film is in the Irish language, whereas the novel (fosterby Claire Keegan) is in English.
To take advantage of the Cine4 scheme from Screen Ireland, TG4 and BAI, Baird produced the film in the Irish language.
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He also wanted the film to reflect the “limitations of the Irish language” and how “we often fail to use language as a tool to say how we really feel”.
“I’ve always been cognizant of the fact that I wanted to keep everything organic and respect Irish society, showing that it’s not this monolingual world where people are speaking for no particular reason,” he says. Huh.
“My own experience being raised bilingually and I was interested in adding to that textural quality.
“I was also interested in using language as a form of characterization, not just commentary. For example, you have the character of the father (played by Michael Patrick) who is the English speaker in the family.
“I like the notion that if you’re unable to communicate in this language, it’s another obstacle, and thus he struggles to have any kind of meaningful relationship with his kids or his wife.”
Baird says: “I was also interested in nonverbal. As a filmmaker, I’m going to explore something anyway.
“That’s cinema – it’s Hitchcockian. You should be able to understand 90 pcs of film without any dialogue. And then there’s a lot of silence in the film as well.
“There is a silence of shame, a silence of sadness, and strangely, also a silence of love, which is so difficult for us to say and express to those closest to us.”
Barred held open auditions, mainly in the Geltacht areas of Münster, to find his nominal lead. However, it was the tape of a little girl from Rathmines, South Dublin, that stole his heart (and later that of the audience).
“Cliona [Ní Chrualaoí] The producer, who is also my wife, saw the tape first. He called me and said, ‘Oh my god, you gotta see this. This girl is unbelievable.’
“It was really obvious from the get-go. She (Katherine Clinch) even taped in the right rooms of her house, so she went the extra mile in her performance.
“And the beauty of it was that she just had that internality that was about her character. That’s what makes her so compelling.
“He has this extraordinary ability to make sense with real strength, and he’s also very secure in a way that ideally suits that character and the psychological make-up of his character.”
Baird Speaks How to Build Impulse A Cailin Ciúin “Allowing a young person to have a voice at a time when young people often had none”.
He adds: “When we made the film, we were very aware of the time in which the film was [came from] And in the context of this poor history in Ireland, how have we treated our young citizens.
“We have failed to live up to that line in the Irish proclamation about the care of the nation’s children. And even though our film isn’t really a critique of any institutional abuse or anything like that, I still really enjoy watching it. So glad that people are very aware of our film being the backdrop.”
A Cailin Ciúin is on general release in Irish cinemas.