An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) has surpassed €600,000 at the UK and Irish box office, continuing to break records for Irish-language film.
The emotive and heartwarming film ranks #14 in the top 20 films in Ireland and the UK.
The film, which has been critically acclaimed by major publications and has already broken several records for an Irish-language film, continues to reach new heights as the highest grossing Irish-language film in history.
There are a number of connections between the film and Donegal – with producer, Cleona Ní Chrualaoi’s mother, Ellen Crowley (née Doherty) hailing from Gaeltacht Ross Goill near Downings.
Cleona’s uncle, Michael Doherty and family own and run the well-known pub, The Singing Pub (An Síbín Ceoil) on the Atlantic Drive near Downings.
Cleona spent many holidays in Donegal over the years and is still a regular visitor to the area.
The mother of actor Carrie Crowley was originally from The Rosses in Donegal. Nodlaig Sharkey’s mother, Bridget O’Donnell, was a teacher from Meenbanad. Carrie also spent many summers in Donegal and still goes there every year visiting relatives and friends on Cruit Island and Glencolmcille. Carrie, who plays the role of Eibhlín, one of the lead roles in the film, is from Waterford.
An Cailín Ciúin / The Quiet Girl tells the story of Cáit (Catherine Clinch) – a nine year-old girl from an overcrowded, dysfunctional family who is sent away to live with her mother’s relatives for the summer. She is welcomed with open arms by Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), but her husband (Andrew Bennett) keeps Cáit at arms length. Slowly, but surely a warmth grows within this makeshift family and Cáit blossoms in their care. But in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth.
Based on the acclaimed story, Foster by Claire Keegan, An Cailín Ciúin / The Quiet Girl is a complex and delicate coming-of-age drama that explores questions of family, neglect and loss through the eyes of its young protagonist. It is the feature film debut of writer/director, Colm Bairéad and producer, Cleona Ní Chrualaoi of Inscéal.
Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland has congratulated Colm Bairéad, Cleona Ní Chrualaoí, and the creative team behind An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) for its box office success.