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ARRACHT

by Tom Sullivan

synopsis

Ireland, 1845 on the eve of The Great Hunger. Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, a father, a husband, takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. Patsy, a former soldier in the Napoleonic wars arrives just ahead of 'the blight,' a disease that eventually wipes out the country's potato crop, contributing to the death and displacement of millions. As the crops rot in the fields, Colmán, his brother and Patsy travel to the English Landlord's house to request a stay on rent increases that Colmán predicts will destroy his community. His request falls on deaf ears and Patsy's subsequent actions set Colmán on a path that will take him to the edge of survival, and sanity. It is only upon encountering an abandoned young girl that Colmán's resolve is lifted. Just in time for the darkness of his past to pay another visit.

international title: Arracht
original title: Arracht
country: Ireland
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Tom Sullivan
film run: 90'
screenplay: Tom Sullivan
cast: Dónall Ó Héalai, Saise Ní Chuinn, Dara Devaney
cinematography by: Kate McCullough
film editing: Mary Crumlish
art director: Padraig O'Neill
costumes designer: Clodagh Deegan
music: Kila
producer: Cúán MacConghail
line producer: Aislinn Ni Chuinneagain
production: Macalla Teoranta
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