Brendan and the Secret of Kells (Irland, Belgium, France)
Do not miss the highly anticipated new animated masterpiece from the producers of “Kirikou and the Sorceress” and “Triplets of Belleville”! Magic, fantasy and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and illustrations that dazzle the eyes in this sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. Features the voices of Brendan Gleeson ("Harry Potter," "In Bruges"), Mick Lally, Evan McGuire and Christen Mooney.
Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?
Awards & Festivals: Berlin 2009 (Generation), Nominated for Best Animated Feature - Oscar 2010, Audience Award - Annecy 2009, BIFF Award - Boulder 2010, Audience Award - Dublin 2009, Audience Award - Edinburgh 2009, Nominated for Best Animated Film - European Film Awards 2009