Declan Recks’ Irish-language feature Tarrac!, that premiered last summer at the Galway Film Fleadh, is to be distributed in the UK and Ireland by Parkland Entertainment – the sister company of UK sales outfit Parkland Pictures, who is also representing sales on the title at this month’s European Film Market (EFM).
A July 2023 release date has been set.
Tarrac!, which means ‘pull’ in Irish, sees a woman, played by Kelly Gough, return to her home on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland’s south west coast, where the film also shot, after her father (Lorcan Cranitch) suffers a heart attack. Here she finds herself returning to the competitive world of Naomhóg (a native Irish boat) rowing.
Gough and Cranitch are joined in the cast by The Quiet Girl (An Cailín Ciúin) star Kate Nic Chonaonaigh, Kate Finegan and Rachel Feeney.
Eugene O’Brien wrote the screenplay, with Clíona Ní Bhuachalla co-writing the story. Ní Bhuachalla also produced Tarrac! through Icebox Films in association with TG4, Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
Tarrac! is part of the TG4 initiated Cine4 scheme that has also produced Oscar-nominated film The Quiet Girl. The scheme is designed to develop original feature films in the Irish language.
The drama won the best cinematography award for director of photography Patrick Jordan at the Galway Film Festival.
Irish filmmaker Recks’ previous credits include features such as Tribeca premiere Eden and The Truth Commissioner, as well as Irish television series Pure Mule, The Running Mate and Scúp.
Ní Bhuachalla said: “Tarrac! is a story about re-connection – with family, with passion and with heritage. So often this desire to belong, that we all have, can be neglected in the chaos of our modern lives. But trying to create these bonds again is not without its challenges too and I think that is what will resonate strongly with audiences.
”Tarrac! is very much a local story set in a unique location that has its own vibrant culture and language. The richness of the language, the backdrop of naomhóg racing, and the stunning scenery make this film uniquely Irish. It’s an area of Ireland that I know very well, and I think our film provides a perspective not seen onscreen before.
”I am delighted to have Tom [Stewart] and Andrew [Brown] at Parkland releasing and selling Tarrac! as their passion and enthusiasm for our film has been just incredible. We can’t wait for the local world of ‘Tarrac’ to be introduced to global audiences now!”
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