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Saturday 21 April 2018

Irish film about a football-mad altar boy named on Oscar shortlist

Ed Carty

A SHORT Irish film about an altar boy's love of football has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination.

Light-hearted Pentecost is one of ten international pieces of work vying for favouritism for Best Live Action Short at the gala awards at the end of February.

Written and directed by Peter McDonald and starring Andrew Bennett, Michael McElhatton and Don Wycherley, it tells the story of a young altar boy who is forced to serve at an important mass and has to make a difficult choice - conform to the status quo or serve an extended ban from his passion in life, football.

Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board, which funded the film, said Pentecost was selected from 107 short films and will now go forward to the next stage in the voting process.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday January 24.

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