Irish film 'An Bronntanas' submitted for Foreign Language category at the Oscars 2015
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 film, which was mostly shot in Connemara, Galway by cinematorgrapher Cian de Buitléar, is helmed by 'Kings' director Tom Collins and stars Dara Devaney, John Finn, Owen McDonnell, Michelle Beamish, Pól Ó Gríofa, Charlotte Bradley and Januscz Sheagall, and premiered as the closing from at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year.
Translated as 'The Gift', it's a modern thriller set against the backdrop of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara.
They receive a distress call on a storm night and discover a fishing boat on which the only passenger is a dead woman and the cargo is over 1m 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.
The script for 'An Bronntanas' was written by Joe O'Byrne, Paul Walker, Eoin McNamee & Tom Collins.
Tom Collins' previous film 'Kings' was chosen for selection in the Foreign Film category in 2008.
"I'm delighted that the film is getting recognition outside Ireland, specially for the actors and crew," he said. "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."
The Irish Film & Television Academy’s Committee who chose the film to put forward 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.
The shortlist of five films nominated from all of the international entries to go forward for the final to compete for the Oscar for Best Foreign film will be announced on January 15.