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Song of Granite

Song of Granite

This visually meticulous and mesmerising film revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The stylised black-and-white picture, obscuring the border between documentary and fiction, is a cinematic ballad that invites viewers to join the enigmatic, talented and idiosyncratic artist on his dramatic life journey; along the way we also get a sense of the difficult yet humble life of the people of Ireland over the course of last century. The film takes us to the district of Connemara, and to the village of Carna, Joe Heaney’s birthplace, considered the cradle of local folklore, and then the camera accompanies him on his travels round the world. The power and magic of the songs provide the central motif threading its way through the film. The director stages the music scenes so skilfully and suggestively that we feel we are actually present in the room, swept up in the atmosphere along with the rest of the audience. Was it the songs that helped the inhabitants of this magnificent but desolate Irish landscape to survive and commune with God? And what part of his heart and soul must the artist sacrifice in order to satisfy his inner compulsions?

Language
  • Irish
  • English
Runtime
97
Production Year
2017
Film Type
Feature
Production Countries
  • Canada
  • Ireland
Casts
Macdara Ó Fatharta, Mícheál Ó Confhaola, Jaren Cerf, Pól Ó Ceannabháín, Colm Seoighe
Production Company
Amerique Film, Harvest Films, ROADS Entertainment, South Wind Blows
Festivals / Awards
  • 2017: Karlovy vary international film festival

Crew List

Director
Pat Collins
Screenwriter
Pat Collins
Screenwriter
Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde
Screenwriter
Sharon Whooley
DOP / Camera
Richard Kendrick
Editor
Tadhg O'Sullivan
Music
Delphine Measroch
Sound
Sylvain Bellemare
Producer
Alan Maher
Producer
Jessie Fisk
Producer
Martin Paul-Hus

Director/s

Pat Collins
Pat Collins
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