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Berlinale Generation hit The Quiet Girl surpasses the €1 million mark at the British and Irish box office
Colm Bairéad’s coming-of-age drama has already broken several records for an Irish-language film and continues to reach new heights as the highest-grossing such film in history
UPDATE 13 October 2022: By 10 October, The Quiet Girl [+see also:
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film profile] had grossed over €1 million at the Irish and British box office, a remarkable result for an Irish-language film after 22 weeks in cinemas. Since its release last May, the movie has been a major hit, has received wide critical acclaim and was picked as Ireland’s Oscars entry in the Best International Feature Film category. Screen Ireland’s chief executive, Désirée Finnegan, commented: “Seeing the impact the film has had on audiences from every generation has been truly moving and, we believe, a watershed moment for Irish-language cinema, which has been redefined by the incredible output from the Cine4 scheme in recent years. In the middle of an intensely difficult time for cinemas and the cinema-going experience, an Irish-language film broke domestic box-office records, and told a beautiful story about childhood, connection and the power of care.”
The Berlinale Generation hit The Quiet Girl is set to make history in the world of Irish cinema. Colm Bairéad’s coming-of-age drama, which is perched at number 14 in the top 20 of Irish and UK films at the box office, surpassed €600,000 at the Irish and UK box office last week. The feature has already broken several records for an Irish-language film and continues to reach new heights as the highest-grossing such film in history.
Shot on location in Meath and Dublin in 2020, The Quiet Girl is a delicate coming-of-age drama that explores questions of family, neglect and loss through the eyes of its young protagonist. The film was financed by Screen Ireland, TG4 and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland as part of the Cine4 scheme. It was also in receipt of the Irish Government’s Section 481 tax incentive.
World-premiered at the Berlinale back in February, the movie has been critically acclaimed by major publications and won the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Film, another first for an Irish-language feature. It also received a Special Mention from the Children’s Jury and scooped seven prizes at this year’s Irish Film and Television Academy Awards (see the news).
Commenting on the great success racked up by the film, Désirée Finnegan, chief executive of Screen Ireland, said: “Screen Ireland is delighted to congratulate director Colm Bairéad and producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoí, as well as distributors Break Out and Curzon, on the remarkable response to The Quiet Girl since its release in Irish and UK cinemas. The film’s success is an outstanding example of Irish filmmaking talent, and a powerful story beautifully told and crafted. We are delighted about the movie’s incredible commercial success at the box office and to see that audiences have responded so well, as well as to other recent Irish-language films. This feels like a new horizon for Irish-language cinema and for the artistic expression of our national culture on screen for a new generation.”
Producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoí added: “We are thrilled that The Quiet Girl has reached another Irish-UK box-office milestone. We are so grateful to everyone who has come out to support our film on the big screen so far. The reaction has been overwhelming at times, but we are deeply moved by how our ‘quiet’ film has touched so many people. Huge thanks to the incredible teams at Break Out Pictures and Curzon for all their hard work on the Irish and UK release to date, and to our funders, Screen Ireland, TG4 and the BAI, for their unwavering support as we continue on this extraordinary journey.”
The drama is being distributed theatrically in the UK by Curzon and in Ireland by Break Out Pictures. It has also brokered a major sales deal for an Australian and New Zealand cinema release later this year. As of Friday 10 June, and according to figures provided by Comscore, the Irish and UK box-office cumulative stands at €602,222.
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