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U.S. Premiere of The Secret of Kells

U.S. Premiere of The Secret of KellsNew York, New York, USAJuly 18-19, 2009

NYICFF is honored to present the US Premiere of THE SECRET OF KELLS, the highly anticipated new animated masterpiece from the producers of KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS and TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE. Hailed by international critics as one of the most beautiful films of the year and winner of the audience award at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival. The film blends fantasy and mythology, folding traditionally Celtic influences into a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes.

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THE SECRET OF KELLSAnimation, Tomm Moore, Ireland/France/Belgium, 2009, 95 min

In English - Recommended ages 6 to adultSat & Sun, July 18 & 19, 11:00am at IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third

Young Brendan lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote medieval outpost, where he labors with the other monks to fortify the abbey walls against Viking raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when one day a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands, carrying a 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 for the first time beyond the abbey's walls and 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 Viking hordes closing in, will Brendan's artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against barbarians?