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Ireland submits 'An Bronntanas' for 2015 Foreign Language Oscar
2014-10-09 :
The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has announced that the feature film ‘An Bronntanas’ will be Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language category at the 87th annual Academy Awards of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences next year.

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has announced that the feature film ‘An Bronntanas’ will be Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language category at the 87th annual Academy Awards of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences next year.

Directed by Tom Collins (Kings), and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh of ROSG (Cré na Cille) and Tom Collins, ‘An Bronntanas’ stars Dara Devaney (Na Cloigne), John Finn (Cold Case), Owen McDonnell (Single Handed), Michelle Beamish (Crisis Eile), Pól Ó Gríofa (Ros Na Rún), Charlotte Bradley and Januscz Sheagall. The script was written by Joe O'Byrne, Paul Walker, Eoin McNamee & Tom Collins.

The film was primarily shot in Irish in Connemara, County Galway by cinematographer Cian de Buitléar (I Went Down). The film premiered as the closing film at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year, with actor Dara Devaney being nominated for the Bingham Ray New Talent Award.

‘An Bronntanas’ (The Gift) is a contemporary thriller set against the background of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara, in the West of Ireland. The rescue crew receives a distress call on a stormy night to discover a fishing boat, its only passenger a dead woman and its cargo is over a million Euros worth of drugs. The crew is challenged with a moral dilemma — bring the woman on shore and hand the drugs to the authorities or, leave the body, sell the drugs and save their struggling village.

IFTA winning writer/director Tom Collins’ previous film ‘Kings’ was chosen for selection in the same category in 2008. The Irish Film & Television Academy’s Committee to put forward the film included Oscar nominated director Jim Sheridan, Oscar nominated actress Saoirse Ronan, Emmy Award winning director Dearbhla Walsh, renowned international casting director Ros Hubbard and two-time Oscar winning make-up artist Michele Burke. All countries outside of the US may submit one eligible film for contention for the Award with an average 74 countries in competition.

Áine Moriarty – IFTA CEO said,

'We are delighted that this terrific Irish language Film will be screened and considered by our colleagues in the American Academy in their Foreign language category for the Oscars and to have Ireland's native tongue reach a wider international audience'.

Tom Collins said,

'I'm delighted that the film is getting recognition outside Ireland, specially for the actors and crew. When I had the idea to do a Irish based Celtic Noir the support of our funders was clear and immediate. As we strive to build an indigenous film and TV industry, it's crucial to show the breadth of talent we have here to the outside world.'  

On Jan 15 2015, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will announce which five films have been nominated from all of the international entries to go forward in the final line-up to compete for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Academy Awards will take place on Feb 22nd 2015 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.

‘An Bronntanas’ was produced by ROSG and DeFacto Films with financial contribution from TG4, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board and Irish Language Broadcast Fund, Northern Ireland Screen.

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