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Super acquires North American rights to Colm Bairéad's An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl)
08 Sep 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Catherine Clinch in An Cailín Ciúin.
Following the news last month that the record-breaking feature film had been selected by IFTA as Ireland’s entry for Best International film at the 95th Academy Awards®, news has emerged that the North America rights for Colm Bairéad’s Irish language classic has been acquired by Super.

The Quiet Girl premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year where it won the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Film. It scooped the Audience Award and Best Irish Film award at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival and went on to garner a phenomenal seven Irish Film & Television Academy Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Lead Actress.

The film is based on the highly-acclaimed story, Foster by Irish author, Claire Keegan, who has just been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The screenplay was written by Bairéad and stars newcomer, Catherine Clinch, alongside Carrie Crowley, Andrew Bennett, Michael Patric and Kate Nic Chonaonaigh. Set in rural Ireland in 1981, a quiet, neglected girl, Cáit, is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with her mother’s relatives for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth.

Having opened to 5-star reviews across the board, The Quiet Girl is continuing its incredible cinema run in Ireland (Break Out Pictures) and the UK (Curzon), and recently passing €900k at the box office. It has become the highest-grossing Irish-language film of all time and one of the most critically and commercially successful Irish films of recent years. 

The Quiet Girl is produced by Cleona Ní Chrualaoi of Inscéal, the production company she established alongside Bairéad in 2012. The film was developed and produced as part of the Cine4 Irish-language feature film scheme. It was financed by Screen Ireland, the Irish-language broadcaster, TG4, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland through its Sound & Vision Funding Scheme and Section 481 funding.

Speaking about the acquisition, writer/director Bairéad said: "We are thrilled to be partnering with Super in bringing The Quiet Girl to North America. As Ireland's official entry for the 95th Academy Awards, we can't wait to begin this new chapter and look forward to working with Darcy and Dan in connecting a whole new audience with our film."

Super recently released Bianca Stigter’s critically acclaimed documentary Three Minutes – A Lengthening, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and went on to play at Telluride, TIFF, and this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Super also released Jasmila Zbanic’s Quo Vadis, Aida? which was nominated for the Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards in 2021.

Super’s principals Darcy Heusel and Dan O’Meara were the team behind Honeyland, which was the first non-fiction feature to land Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary and Best International Feature Film in the same year, and Victor Kossakovsky’s Gunda, which was also shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature.

Read our interview with writer/director Colm Bairéad discussing An Cailín Ciúin.

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