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The Secret of Kells (Brendan and the Book of Kells)


The Secret of Kells (Brendan and the Book of Kells)

Mild violence and some scary scenes

10 Oct - 9 Nov

Twelve year old Brendan lives with his uncle, Abbott Cellach, among the monks who are under constant threat from the Vikings. When Brother Aidan, a master illustrator, arrives, Brendan learns of his own great artistic talents. In anticipation of Tomm Moore’s new film, The Song of the Sea (coming soon to ACMI), we’ve delved back into Irish history, folklore and legends via this gloriously animated film.

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  • The Secret of Kells combines a variety of animation styles to perfectly capture the period and artistic beauty of illustrated manuscripts. A popular choice at film festivals across the world, this film won the Audience Award at the 2009 Edinburgh International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2010 Academy Awards®.

    "... the soul of the film lies in its ravishing colors, and in exuberantly stylized images that pay homage to Celtic culture and design, together with techniques and motifs that evoke Matisse, [and] Miyazaki..." - Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

    "It is only fitting that a movie concerned with the power and beauty of drawing - the almost sacred magic of color and line - should be so gorgeously and intricately drawn." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times