Tuesday 12 December 2017

IFI screenings celebrate Irish nominees

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

Ireland's Oscar nominations will be celebrated this week with a special screening of all three films up for a prestigious award.

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) will honour the achievements of film makers by showing 'The Secret of Kells', 'The Door' and 'Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty' on Wednesday night.

'The Secret of Kells', which stars Brendan Gleeson and Mick Lally, is one of five films up for Best Animated Feature.

The joint Irish, French and Belgian production tells the story of an orphan named Brendan who is set the task of completing the Book of Kells and in the process earns a new life of creativity and imagination.

'Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty' and 'The Door' were nominated for Best Short Film.

It is the second time Brown Bag Films, the Dublin-based animators who devised 'Granny O'Grimm', have been up for an Oscar.

In 2002 the short film 'Give Up Your Auld Sins' was also nominated.

It tells the story of a supposedly sweet old lady who loses the plot as she tells her granddaughter her version of Sleeping Beauty.

Elsewhere 'The Door', written and directed by Juanita Wilson and produced by Octagon Films, is a powerful tale of life, loss and death set in Chernobyl in 1986.

It was produced by Irish duo Louise Curran and James Flynn from Ardmore-based Octagon Films.

The screenings will be introduced by Sarah Glennie, IFI Director, and will be attended by members of the 'Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty' crew from Brown Bag Films.

Tickets are available from the IFI or on 01 679 3477 or at www.ifi.ie.

Other Irish Oscar nominees include animator Richard Baneham for Best Visual Effects category for his work on Avatar and Peter J Devlin, originally from Northern Ireland and now living in Los Angeles, nominated for Best Achievement in Sound for his work on Star Trek.

The Academy Awards ceremony is on Sunday March 7.

Irish Independent

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