Ireland, 2019, 16+
Irish, with English and Russian subtitles
Writer/Director: Tomás Ó Súilleabháin (Tom Sullivan)
Cast: Dónall Ó Héalai (Traders, My Name Is Emily, Loud Places, Pursuit), Saise Ní Chuinn, Dara Devaney, Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones), Seán T. Ó Meallaigh (Vikings)
Ireland, 1845 on the eve of The Great Hunger. Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, a father, a husband, takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. Patsy, a former soldier in the Napoleonic wars arrives just ahead of ‘the blight,’ a disease that eventually wipes out the country’s potato crop, contributing to the death and displacement of millions. As the crops rot in the fields, Colmán, his brother and Patsy travel to the English Landlord’s house to request a stay on rent increases that Colmán predicts will destroy his community. His request falls on deaf ears and Patsy’s subsequent actions set Colmán on a path that will take him to the edge of survival, and sanity.
Writer/director Tom O’Sullivan’s directorial debut is a striking, visually impressive piece of work, intense and fierce with a central performance of remarkable depth from Donall O Healai.
“It’s a delight to see an Irish-language film blend the country’s tragic history with more modern elements of genre conventions”. Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Official Selection in Competition)