The Secret of Kells

a TOMM MOORE picture

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Title

The Secret of Kells

Director

Tomm Moore

Producer

Didier Brunner, Viviane Vanfleteren, Paul Young

Nationality

Ireland, France, Belgium

Year

2009

Duration

75'

Language

English

Format

Dolby SR

Ratio

1.85

Original Title

The Secret of Kells

Synopsis

Synopsis


Adventure, action and danger await young Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Irish Book of Kells. From the producers of Kirikou and Triplets of Belleville, a new animated masterpiece.

In the 9th century, in a remote part of Ireland, lies the fortified Kells Abbey, where 12 year-old Brendan lives quietly. He is hard at work with the other monks to fortify the abbey walls as protection against Viking raids. But he is called to a new life of adventure with the arrival of Brother Aidan, a celebrated master illuminator and keeper of an extraordinary, but unfinished book. Aidan initiates Brendan into the art of illumination, awakening a prodigious talent.
Brendan must finish the magnificent book. He has to overcome his deepest fears on a secret
quest that will take him for the first time beyond the abbey’s walls into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. It is here where he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young white wolf/girl, who will help him along the way.

But with the terrifying Viking hordes closing in, will Brendan’s artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against barbarians?

Synopsis

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Press

"Visually ravishing and doused in Celtic magic."

SCREEN DAILY

"Very strong stuff, filled with dazzling visuals and a solid sense of style."

TWITCH

"A marvelous display of creativity in animation, both in terms of compelling visuals and articulate storytelling."

ANIMATION INSIDER

"Amusingly and brilliantly told….marvellous!"

PREMIERE

"This visual universe is one of real splendour that from beginning to end holds the spectator in a continuous state of awakening."

LE MONDE

"Moore and Twohey have created a charming, gorgeously realized fable about the power of imagination and art to thrive even in the most hostile times….immediately establishes Moore as an absolute master of his craft – a story teller and visual artist who absolutely deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as masters such as Michel Ocelot and Sylvain Chomet. His world is richly detailed and strikingly unique, folding traditionally Irish influences into a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes while the deceptively simple story goes to work on more subtle levels. His characters are just as richly detailed as his visuals, the messages simple and universal. This is no less than the arrival of a major new talent."

TWITCH

"Brendan and the Secret of Kells is visually appealing…Tom Moore’s artist quality is splendid and brilliant."

SCREEN HEAD

"This beautiful animated movie uses repeating, often symmetrical designs to create stunning landscapes and imaginative interiors of room

JUNGE JOURNALISM

Festivals
& Awards

Academy Awards
Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film

European Film Awards
Nominee

Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente

Annecy International Animated Film Festival
Audience Azward

Boulder International Film Festival
BIFF Award

Dublin International Film Festival
Audience Award

Edinburgh International Film Festival
Audience Award

Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films
Special Recognition

Cast & Crew

Brendan Gleeson
Evan McGuire
Christen Mooney
Mick Lally
Liam Hourican
Paul Tylak
Michael McGrath
Paul Young
Director Tomm Moore
Co-Director Nora Twomey
Story By Tomm Moore, Fabrice Ziolkowski
Producers Didier Brunner, Viviane Vanfleteren, Paul Young
Editor Fabienne Alvarez-Giro
Art Director Ross Stewart
Original Music Bruno Coulais
Sound Sébastien Marquilly

Releases

Belgium - Kinepolis Film

11.02.2009

France - Gébéka Films

11.02.2009

Ireland - Buena Vista

03.03.2009

Japan - Child Film

11.06.2011

US - Gkids

19.03.2010

UK - Optimum Releasing

01.10.2010