THE HERALD - Gaelic debut for Cannes festival
19th May 2007
The beautiful people attending the Cannes Film Festival will be treated to the language of the Garden of Eden next week when the first Gaelic language film is screened.
Seachd - The Inaccessible Pinnacle was made in Skye by Young Films and funded by Gaelic Media Service, with additional support from Scottish Screen, BBC Alba and the Glasgow Film Office. The film draws on the Gaelic story-telling tradition, with a young man's quest for the truth behind the death of his parents.
With more than 10,000 people from 91 countries taking part in the festival, the Marche du Film gives independent producers an unparalleled opportunity to showcase their work to a worldwide audience.
Seachd will be screened on Monday and Tuesday to sales agents. It has already secured a UK distribution deal with Soda Pictures that will see it released later in the year.
Chris Young, Seachd's producer, said: "Seachd will be the first Scottish Gaelic film to show in commercial cinemas in the UK."
Donald Campbell, chief executive of Gaelic Media Service, said: "Seachd gives us inspiration and hope for the years ahead, when the new Gaelic digital service will provide many more opportunities for the Scottish film and television industry."
By David Ross, Highland correspondent