This striking feature debut by Tom Sullivan, Arracht (Monster) is set in the wild shores of Ireland’s west coast as the potato blight descends in 1845. Stripped back and fierce, it’s an intense small-scale Irish-language drama which plunges the viewer into the cold desperation of those Famine times.
Arracht is a visually expressive piece centred around a population eking out an existence in sparse shelter on forbidding ground, yet whose horizons couldn’t be wider as they take their rudimentary fishing craft to the roiling Atlantic ocean in search of survival.
Director/screenwriter: Tom Sullivan. Ireland. 2019. 86 mins Irish Language (English subtitles). Cert TBC
A special preview screening as part of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival on Tour in association with access>CINEMA