The “European Animation” series and “Children’s Pioner” will continue with Irish director and illustrator Tomm Moore’s debut film. “The Secret of Kells,” made by Moore in collaboration with Nora Twomey, was celebrated by festivals and nominated for an Oscar. Animation historian and critic Pavel Shvedov will tell about the film and its creation.
The 9th century. The orphan Brendan lives in the Kells Abbey, which is run by his uncle. The abbot strictly monitors the boy’s upbringing, as the constant threat of attack by the Normans demands discipline. One day, the abbey is visited by Benedictine monks from Iona, a centre of Latin culture long since demolished by the Vikings. Among them is a famous illustrator, Aidan, who makes the talented Brendan his student. When the abbey finally falls to the warriors, the pair are able to save the famous Book of Kells.
“The Secret of Kells” is a contemporary full-length animated film, which uses a wide spectrum of animation techniques and is based on real historical events. The titular illuminated book, created around the year 800 in Iona, was preserved in Kells through all of the High and Late Middle Ages. Several images from the book itself are used in the film, and the resulting animated aesthetic creates optical patterns of unseen beauty.
The film will be shown in the original English with Russian subtitles.
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