3rd San Joaquin International Film Festival
Film

The Secret of Kells
Animated Feature-Length Film
75 min | Ireland, Belgium France | 2009
Director: Tomm Moore
Language: English

Opening Night Film
Northern California Premiere

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Nominee for Best Animated Feature at the 2010 Academy Awards

ACCLAIM

"Absolutely luscious to behold!" - Variety

"Pure magic! The Secret of Kells leaves you stunned by its originality, audacity and pure artistry!" -Newsarama

• 2010 Academy Award Shortlist for Best Animated Feature
The very first animated film to win the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK (the oldest film festival in the world)
•  Audience Award, 49th Annecy International Animation Festival
(the most prestigious animation festival in the world)
• Nominee, European Film Award for Best Animated Feature
• Nominee, 2010 Annie Award for Best Feature
• Nominee, 2010 Irish Film and Television Award, Best Irish Film

DESCRIPTION

Do not miss the highly anticipated new animated masterpiece from the producers of Kirikou and the Sorceress and Triplets of Belleville! Magic, fantasy and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in this sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. Features the voices of Brendan Gleeson ("Harry Potter," "In Bruges"), Mick Lally, Evan McGuire and Christen Mooney.

Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?

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Variety Review
Animation World Network - Interview with Tomm Moore

ABOUT DIRECTOR TOMM MOORE

Director

Tomm Moore is co-Founder and company director of Cartoon Saloon.

Since founding the company in 1999 with Paul Young, Tomm has worked on almost every Cartoon Saloon production in various capacities including directing and designing commercials for clients including Cadburys and the Irish Independent, illustrating graphic novels and children’s books and working as animation artist on several TV series and feature film productions. Having completed his first feature film “The Secret of Kells” he is currently working on the graphic novels of the film and his new feature film “The Song of the Sea”. Tomm is a lifelong comic book and animation enthusiast.

MORE ACCLAIM

"Stunning! A cascade of light, color and wonder burst from the screen!" -The Irish Times

"Holds the spectator in a waking dream from beginning to end!" -Le Monde

"Absolutely brilliant animation! You want to keep stopping the film to admire the many elaborate layers that nearly every frame is loaded with. Children will certainly enjoy the film, but the rich visuals are an adult's reward." -Ain't It Cool News

"A 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 deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as masters such as Michel Ocelot and Sylvain Chomet." -Twitch

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

"Visually ravishing and doused in Celtic magic! Captivatingly original!"
-Screen Daily"

 

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SHOWTIMES

FRI 02/19 at 7:00PM
Stockton Empire Theatre

CAST AND CREW

Director: Tomm Moore
Co-Director: Nora Twomey
Screenplay: Fabrice Ziolkowski
Producer:
Ivan Rouvreure, Didier Brunner, Vivane Vanfleteren, Paul Young, Tomm Moore
Art Director: Ross Stewart
Editor: Fabienne Alvarez-Giro
Music: Bruno Coulais
Voices: Evan Mc Guire (Brendan), Mick Lally (Aidan), Christen Mooney (Aisling), Brendan Gleeson (Abbot Cellach), Liam Hourrican (Brother Tang and Leonardo), Paul Tylac (Brother Assoua), Michael Mc Grath (Adult Brendan), Paul Young (Brother Square)

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