The Secret of Kells
Filmfest 2009

Original: englisch Subtitle: OF FSK: Recommended for children ages 12 and up As well as telling a fantasy/adventure story set in an exciting period of Ireland’s history, we endeavored to bring a taste of Irish culture and design to the screen and to deal with the importance of art and enlightenment even in challenging and difficult times. The film explores some universal themes. For example, between Brendan and his guardian, Abbot Cellach there is the classic conflict between parent and child as they find their way in the world. Between Brother Aidan and Brendan there is the story of mentor and student. With Aisling we explore themes of friendship and sacrifice. Ultimately I believe it is a story of redemption, continuity and hope. Writing the story and developing the look of the locations and characters required extensive research. For the fantasy elements such as the enchanted forest and Crom Cruach we turned to Irish legends and fairy tales. Other parts of the film are based on the actual history of the time, as far as it is known. Tomm Moore

Voices: Evan Mc Guire, Mick Lally, Christen Mooney, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourrican

tags: Animation

Credits

Director: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey