Wild Atlantic Films: Song of the Sea (Irish language) “Amhran na Mara”
Director: Tomm Moore
Starring: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan
Release Date: Fri 10 Jul 2015
Years after the death of their mother, Ben and his little sister Saoirse live with their dad in a lighthouse by the coast. Saoirse is a quiet child – in fact, she has never spoken a word, and Ben finds her incredibly frustrating. One night, she goes exploring in the beautiful white coat that used to belong to her mother, and when she approaches the sea, she discovers the mystical secret at the heart of who she is.
Ben and Saoirse’s grandmother becomes worried about the children, and takes them to live with her in the city. But Saoirse’s emotional connection to the sea proves difficult to overcome. Can she stay true to who she really is, or will the distance keep her from herself, and the mother she never knew?
This enchanting film has been nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, and has received a lot of positive praise since its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. With a really entrancing soundtrack that captures the spirit of this legend, Song of the Sea is utterly charming, and a real treat for cinema-goers.