Silence

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The Cork based documentarian Pat Collins has made his feature debut with this widely praised and almost unclassifiable film which is both an essay and a journey through the Irish landscape and folklore.

A sound recordist, played by the writer and co-scenarist Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, leaves Berlin and returns to his native Donegal to record landscapes free from man”made noise. But throughout his journey, he is drawn into a series of encounters and conversations which gradually divert his attention towards a more intangible silence, bound up with the sounds of the life he had left behind, until eventually he returns to his childhood home on Tory Island off the Donegal coast.

Navigating a path between fiction and documentary, the film is a haunting and absorbing meditation on sound and silence, history, memory and exile, a deeply immersive experience from a major Irish filmmaker.

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