Ireland Submits an Bronntanas to Oscars

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Ireland Submits an Bronntanas to Oscars


Rosser, Michael, Screen International


Actress Saoirse Ronan and director Jim Sheridan among selection committee to submit thriller based around a lifeboat crew.

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has submitted An Bronntanas as Ireland's submission for the Foreign Language category at the 87th Academy Awards.

Directed by Tom Collins, and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh of ROSG and Tom Collins, An Bronntanas stars Dara Devaney, John Finn , Owen McDonnell, Michelle Beamish, Pól Ó Gríofa, Charlotte Bradley and Januscz Sheagall. The script was written by Joe O'Byrne, Paul Walker, Eoin McNamee and Tom Collins.

The film was primarily shot in Irish in Connemara, County Galway by cinematographer Cian de Buitléar. The film premiered as the closing film of the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year.

An Bronntanas (The Gift) is a contemporary thriller set against the backdrop of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara, on 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.

Writer-director Tom Collins' previous film Kings was chosen for selection in the same category in 2008.

IFTA's committee to put forward the film included director Jim Sheridan, actress Saoirse Ronan, director Dearbhla Walsh, casting director Ros Hubbard and make-up artist Michele Burke. …

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