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An Cailín Ciúin crosses €400,000 box office mark in Ireland and UK over the weekend
30 May 2022 : News Desk
IFTA-winning actress Catherine Clinch.
Following rave reviews, awards, and sold-out screenings, the Cine4-backed An Cailín Ciúin continues to make significant waves at the box office where it looks set to become one of the highest-grossing Irish films in recent years with an Irish/UK box office of €400,000 since it opened on May 13th.

An Cailín Ciúin, or The Quiet Girl, is being jointly released by Break Out Pictures and Curzon across Ireland and the UK.

This is a historical first for an Irish-language film to reach such heights in an increasingly difficult market and one that Director, Colm Bairéad is incredibly proud of. "We've been overwhelmed by the response across Ireland and the UK to An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) from critics and audiences alike,” said the director.

“People seem to have really taken the film into their hearts, which means the world to us. Its success has proven that an Irish film, regardless of the language it's in, can truly connect with a cinema-going public at home and abroad,” he added when commenting on the success of the film so far. “We look forward to continuing the extraordinary journey of An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) as it reaches out to more and more audiences around the world." 

An Cailín Ciúin was released across Ireland and the UK through Break Out Pictures and Curzon on 90 screens with significant word of mouth increasing the box office week on week with mid-week figures accounting for 62% of the box office, a very encouraging trend as the film enters its third week.  Read our interview with director Colm Bairéad.

Speaking on the results, joint MD of Break Out Pictures, Robert McCann Finn said: “It is a fantastic result, we are hearing stories from cinemas of a cross-generational audience from all parts of Ireland and the UK loving the film. The film has over-indexed both rurally and outside the traditional weekend busy periods. It is a success story for the entire independent film and cinema sector.” 

Louisa Dent, Curzon Film MD added: “We’ve been delighted with the way audiences have responded to An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl). The film deserves all the acclaim and attention it has been getting. It has been a pleasure working with Colm, Cleona and the team at Break Out Pictures on this special film.”

An Cailín Ciúin tells the story of Cáit (Catherine Clinch), a nine year-old girl from an overcrowded, dysfunctional family who is sent away to live with foster parents for the summer. 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 there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth. 

Based on the acclaimed story, Foster by Claire Keegan, An Cailín Ciúin is a complex and delicate coming-of-age drama that explores questions of family, neglect and loss through the eyes of its young protagonist. 

An Cailín Ciúin is the feature film debut of writer/director, Colm Bairéad and producer, Cleona Ní Chrualaoi of Inscéal. 





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