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Nora Twomey and Tomm Moore

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The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells

Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
2009 - France / Belgium / Ireland - 1h11

In 9th century Ireland, Brendan, a twelve-year-old monk, is helping to build a wall to protect the abbey from regular Viking attacks. His meeting with Brother Aidan, the “guardian” of a book of fabulous, but unfinished, illuminations, will lead him into fantastic adventures...
Written and produced by monks 800 years after Christ, the Book of Kells contains the four New Testament gospels decorated with magnificent illuminations. “It has inspired many artists,” explains director Tomm Moore, “and there are countless motifs in the book that are found in the most everyday objects in Irish life (...). Its iconography is the product of influences from all over the world, some from as far away as Africa.” An entirely European project, The Secret of Kells is the first feature film by Tomm Moore and Nora Twoney. Like their next films, it is in the form of a story of coming of age.

Screenplay : Tomm Moore, Fabrice Ziolkowski
Editing : Fabienne Alvarez-Giro
Music : Bruno Coulais

Production : Les Armateurs, Vivi Film, Cartoon Saloon

French distributor : Gebeka Films