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Book of Kells

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The Secret of Kells, has been nominated for an Oscar at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. Produced by Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon, The Secret of Kells is one of five nominees in the Animated Feature Film category along with Up, Coraline, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Princess And The Frog.

This vibrant animation is a spirited retelling of the provenance of Ireland�s most cherished artefact, the Book of Kells. With the Viking hordes approaching, the monks of Kells are forced to turn their attention from transcripbing manuscripts to building barricades. The future of the precious book is in jeopardy and it falls to Brendan, young nephew of the abbot Cellach, to save the day.

The film follows 12-year-old Brendan (Evan McGuire), a mischievous monk who lives with his uncle, Abbot Cellach (Brendan Gleeson). Brendan’s life is changed forever with the arrival of Brother Aiden (Mick Lally), a celebrated master illuminator who awakens Brendan’s hidden talent for illumination. With the terrifying Viking hordes closing in, the future of the precious Book of Kells is in jeopardy and it falls to Brendan to save the day.

It features the voices of Brendan Gleeson and Mick Lally.

The film was named Best Irish Film by the Dublin Film Critics Circle at the Dublin Film Festival and received a special mention at the Zagreb Festival. It also won the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 33rd Annecy Festival of Animation in France.