An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) has become the first Irish language feature film to be nominated for an Oscar.
Elated, delighted and proud was how director Colm Bairéad described hearing that his debut feature film, An Cailín Ciúin had been nominated for an Oscar.
The team behind the film gathered at the Stella Cinema in Rathmines this afternoon to watch the nominations being announced live.
Cheers greeted every Irish nomination – and there were tears as well as rapturous applause when An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) was named in the Best International Film category.
Producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoi said the team felt supported by "everybody in the country" today, and that they had received a huge amount of goodwill and messages of congratulations.
Both Bairéad and Ní Chrualaoi are Irish speakers and said it means a lot to them to see the language achieve such a platform on the world stage.
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Based on Booker-prize nominated author Claire Keegan's novella Foster, the Irish adaption explores how Cáit is sent from her family to live with relations in an Irish-speaking area in Ring, Co Waterford.
Played by Catherine Clinch, the nine-year-old girl is welcomed with open arms by Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), but her husband (Andrew Bennett) keeps Cáit at arm's length before she blossoms in their care and also discovers family secrets.
Speaking at the Stella cinema, Crowley, described the movie as a "gem of a film". She said the film has taken them all on an amazing journey, and they are incredibly proud of all it has achieved so far.
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Much of the film's success rests on the shoulders of young star Clinch, who described today’s nomination as "amazing".
She said she was incredibly proud of everyone in the film and very thankful to be part of it. As for heading to the Oscars, Clinch joked that it's "not the average life of a 13-year-old" but she said she had great fun working on the film and is very grateful to have been a part of it.
Desiree Finnegan, chief executive of Screen Ireland said it was a "historic moment for Irish-language film."
An Cailín Ciúin, which has grossed more than €1 million at the box office in Ireland and the UK becoming the most successful Irish language film ever, has also received two BAFTA nominations.