Arracht has been selected by the Irish Film & Television Academy as Ireland's entry for the best international feature film category at the Academy Awards.

Scannán é Arracht atá i nGaeilge don chuid is mó a insíonn scéal an Ghorta Mhóir é Arracht. D'eascair an scannán seo a léirigh an comhlacht Macalla as an maoiniú Cine4 a chuir TG4 ar fáil do scannánaíocht na hÉireann. 

Told almost entirely in the Irish language, Arracht debuted to strong reviews at the Tallinn Black Nights film festival in 2019. The film is set in 1845 on the eve of the Irish potato famine (known as The Great Hunger), when a fisherman takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. The stranger, a former soldier in the Napoleonic wars, arrives just ahead of ’the blight’ that eventually wipes out the country’s potato crop, leading to the death and displacement of millions.

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Arracht is written and directed by Tom Sullivan and stars Screen Star of Tomorrow 2020 Dónall Ó Héalai as well as Dara Devaney, Michael McElhatton and newcomer Saise Ní Chúinn. 

It’s the latest Irish feature not in the English language to be submitted to the category, following last year’s Gaza (Arabic), Song Of Granite in 2017 (Irish), Viva in 2015 (Spanish), As If I Am Not There in 2011 (Serbo-Croatian) and Kings in 2007 (the first Irish-language film to be put forward by the country). 

Arracht was chosen by IFTA’s selection committee, which this year included director Lenny Abrahamson; actor Ciarán Hinds; composer Eímear Noone; producer Macdara Kelleher; actress Fionnula Flanagan; and David Flynn, executive VP of international strategy at Paramount TV. The committee was chaired by IFTA CEO Áine Moriarty.

Fógrófar an gearrliosta do na hainmniúcháin Oscar ar an 9 Feabhra 2021 agus fógrófar na hainmniúcháin féin ar an 15 Márta.

Beidh searmannas na Oscars ar siúl ar an 25 Aibreán