An Cailín Ciúin / The Quiet Girl

Ireland, 2022

Director: Colm Bairéad; screenplay: Colm Bairéad; cinematography: Kate McCullough; production design: Emma Lowney; costumes: Louise Stanton; editing: John Murphy; music: Stephen Rennicks; casting: Emma Gunnery; producer: Cleona Ní Chrualaoí; production company: Inscéal; Italian distribution: Officine UBU. Irish location: Waterford

Running time: 95’

With Catherine Clinch, Carrie Crowley, Andrew Bennett, Michael Patric, Kate Nic Chonaonaigh, Joan Sheeny

Based on the book “Foster”, by Claire Keegan


Rural Ireland, 1981. A quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth.


Dublin-born Colm Bairéad is a TV and film director, whose body of work displays a strong commitment to the Irish language. He has directed a number of multi-award-winning short films and many hours of documentary television for RTÉ, TG4 and TV3/Virgin Media. These include the award-winning feature-length docu-drama Murdair Mhám Trasna / The Mám Trasna Murders  (2018, presented at IRISHFILMFESTA.12) and the IFTA award-winning docudrama, Cumann na mBan – Women of the Revolution. Colm’s narrative feature film debut An Cailín Ciúin / The Quiet Girl won 7 IFTA Awards, including best film and best director and was nominated for an Oscar in the Best International Film category.