An Bronntanas has been nominated by The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) for the Foreign Language category at the 87th annual Academy Awards of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences next year.
Directed by Tom Collins (Kings), and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh of ROSG (Cré na Cille) and Tom Collins, An Bronntanas stars Dara Devaney (Na Cloigne), John Finn (Cold Case), Owen McDonnell (Single Handed), Michelle Beamish (Crisis Eile), Pól Ó Gríofa (Ros Na Rún), Charlotte Bradley and Janusz Sheagall. The series was shot in various locations in Conamara, with Cian de Buitléar as the DoP.
An Bronntanas (The Gift) is a contemporary thriller set against the background of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara, in the West of Ireland. The rescue crew receives a distress call on a stormy night to discover a fishing boat, its only passenger a dead woman and its cargo is over a million Euros 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 film premiered as the closing film at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year, with actor Dara Devaney being nominated for the Bingham Ray New Talent Award.
An Bronntanas was produced by ROSG and DeFacto Films with financial contribution from TG4, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), The Irish Film Board and Irish Language Broadcast Fund, Northern Ireland Screen and Section 481.