The feature film An Bronntanas (The Gift) is enjoying a strong run at international festivals, and it was announced today that it has received the Jury's Special Award at the Boston Irish Film Festival.
Producer Ciarán Ó Cofaigh says;
“We were very proud of the success of the series when it was broadcast recently on TG4, but it’s apparent that the film version has its own legs. The production of An Bronntanas was an enormous challenge and we believe we have achieved this production to a high international standard. Winning this award in Boston and the film’s selection for many other festivals will further promote the film and the Irish language.”
An Bronntanas was recently screened in Barbados and Washington. This month the film will be screened in Boston, Chicago and Rome. There will be more information on festival screenings as the year progresses.
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.
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.