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Colm Bairéad

The Quiet Girl (An Cailín Ciúin)

Official Selection 94' - 2022 - Drama - Dialogue: English, Irish, English, Irish
Director: Colm Bairéad Composer: Stephen Rennicks With: Catherine Clinch, Carrie Crowley, Andrew Bennett
For his debut The Quiet Girl, Irish filmmaker Colm Bairéad moulds a short story by Caire Keegan into a tender coming-of-age film.
Cáit is a nine year-old girl from an over-crowded, dysfunctional and impoverished family. Quietly struggling at school and at home, she has learnt to hide in plain sight from those around her. As summer arrives and her pregnant mother’s due date approaches, Cáit (Catherine Clinch) is sent to live with distant relatives. Without knowing when she will return home, she is left at the strangers’ house with only the clothes she is wearing. The Kinsellas, a middle-aged couple she has never met, dress the girl in what clothes they have. They are farming people, like her own, but hard-working and wanting for nothing, it seems. Despite a warm reception from the woman, Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), the man of the house, Seán (Andrew Bennett), keeps his distance from Cáit and she from him, but over time, their strained relationship begins to deepen. Slowly, in the care of the Kinsellas, Cáit blossoms and discovers a new way of living. But in this house where affection grows and there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth.
"A silent child is sent away to live with foster parents on a farm in this gem of a film from first-time feature director Colm Bairéad. This beautiful and compassionate film, based on the novella Foster by Claire Keegan, is a child’s-eye look at our fallen world; already it feels like a classic." - The Guardian

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17.10 - 21:30 | TaalCafé Mundial

Het bekende Taalcafé Mundial uit Gent organiseert een speciale editie op Film Fest Gent op 17 oktober. Het concept is eenvoudig. Eerst geniet je samen met andere deelnemers van The Quiet Girl in Kinepolis en nadien neem je plaats aan één van de vele taaltafels in de Film Fest viptent. Gedurende een uur praat je ongedwongen in groepjes van 5 tot 6 in de door jou gekozen taal.

The well-known TaalCafé Mundial from Ghent organises a special edition at Film Fest Gent on 17 October. The concept is simple. First you enjoy The Quiet Girl in Kinepolis. Afterwards you take a seat at one of the many language tables in the VIP tent to talk about the film in groups of 5 or 6 six people in a language you want to practise..

Credits

Director

Colm Bairéad

Composer

Stephen Rennicks

With

Catherine Clinch, Carrie Crowley, Andrew Bennett

Scenario

Colm Bairéad

Director of Photography

Kate McCullough

Editor

John Murphy

Producer

Cleona Ní Chrualaoi

Production studios

Inscéal

Distributor

Cinéart

More information

Dialogue

English, Irish, English, Irish

Countries of production

Ireland, Ireland

Screenplay based on

"Foster" (Claire Keegan)

Year

2022

Filmography

Colm Bairéad
Screwed (short, 2003), Mac an Athar (short, 2005), Paidi's Tale(short, 2009), Lorg na gCos: Súil Siar ar Mise Éire (2012), Frank O'Connor: Idir Dhá Shruth (2016), Murdair Mhám Trasna (TV movie, 2018), The Quiet Girl (2022)

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