Colm Bairds quiet girlwhich is Ireland’s entry in this year’s best international film Oscar race, has smashed through the €1m ($971,000) box office roof in a record-breaking performance for an Irish-language feature.
“We are truly humbled by the way audiences in Ireland and the UK have embraced our film. For every single person who bought a ticket quiet girl And to those who have championed the film since its release in May, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said director and writer Bayard and producer Cleona Nee Crowley.
“A big thank you and congratulations to our fantastic Irish and UK distributors, Breakout Pictures and Curzon, who have been working incredibly hard to keep it going. We are extremely grateful to all the cinemas that allowed the film to expand its time and space and access to cinemas for its extraordinary work in bringing the film to the local audience,” they added.
Irish-language cinema has been gaining in profile in recent years but no title has come close to the €1m mark before. The previous highest grossing film was the drama Aloo Qaht Archwhich earned €164,000 for the UK and Ireland.
Released on May 1st, quiet girl It has been in cinemas for 22 weeks.
Breakout Pictures co-heads Neil Roddy and Robert McCann Finn said the result was particularly significant given the gloomy theatrical picture in the background.
“This is an extraordinary achievement for any film to cross €1 million mark, but especially now given the increasingly difficult market. Thanks to everyone for coming out to watch this special film and to all the theaters for their unwavering support,” they said.
Curzon MD Louis Dent agreed that the result was “a remarkable achievement”.
“It has been wonderful to see quiet girl Connect with the audience in a deeply emotional way. Big congratulations again to Calum Baird and the entire filmmaking team,” he said.
Adapted from the novel by Claire Keegan The Lord, quiet girl is a coming-of-age drama set in rural Ireland in 1981 that explores the meaning of family through the eyes of a neglected teenage girl.
Catherine Clinch stars as a teenage girl who is sent away from her suburban, dysfunctional home to live with distant relatives for the summer. As she begins to blossom in their welcoming home, a painful truth emerges.
The film debuted in Berlinale’s Generation Capless lineup this year, where it won the Grand Prix of the International Jury, and then swept the board at Ireland’s national IFTA Awards in March.
quiet girl Produced by Ní Chrualaoi in partnership with Screen Ireland, TG4, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) as part of the Cine4 funding scheme for Irish-language films. The film is also in receipt of the Irish Government’s Section 481 tax incentive.
Bankside Films handles international sales.