Ireland selects ‘The Quiet Girl’ as entry for 2023 Best International Picture Oscars – Deadline

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has selected Colm Bairéad’s feature debut The quiet girl (An Cailín Ciúin) as an entry in the Best International Film category for the 2023 Oscars, in the first announced submission of the upcoming awards season.

The Irish-language work won the IFTA Awards last March to become the first debut feature to win Best Picture, as well as Best Director, Actress, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Original Score.

Set in rural Ireland in 1981, the coming-of-age drama stars Catherine Clinch as a quiet, neglected girl who is sent from her overcrowded and dysfunctional home to live with estranged relatives for the summer. She begins to blossom under their care but in this house where there should be no secrets, she discovers a painful truth.

The feature garnered rave reviews in Ireland and the UK and broke box office records for an Irish-language film when it was released in both territories last May, more than quadrupling the previous record for a local language film with a gross amount over $800,000. .

The judging panel for this year’s Irish Oscars included Emmy-nominated producer and actress Roma Downey (Ben-Hur, touched by an angel), Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly (Chicago, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty), producer and executive vice president of international strategy for Paramount TV David Flynn (Bodkin, Seraph Falls), Oscar-nominated director Jim Sheridan (My left foot, in America), director Aisling Walsh (Maudie, song for a raggy boy) and actress Fionnula Flanagan (The others, the guard).

The committee was chaired by IFTA CEO Aine Moriarty.

“It’s such a unique and beautiful film that captures your heart from the start and leaves you deeply moved,” Moriarty said.

“How proud we are to submit this outstanding Irish-language film to the Oscar competition, to compete with the best in the world, because we know this story will resonate with an international audience, beyond the borders of the language , and no doubt to members of the American Academy, too.”

The quiet girl was produced by Cleona Ní Chrualaoí as part of the Cine4 funding scheme for Irish language films, in partnership with Screen Ireland, TG4 and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), and the film also benefits from Government Section 481 Irish tax incentive.