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The secret of Kells

A film by Tomm Moore co-directed by Nora Twomey

© 2008 Les Armateurs/Cartoon Saloon/Vivi Film/France 2 Cinéma

Ireland, 853 A.D., 12 year-old Brendan lives with his uncle, Abbott Cellach, and the other monks who work to strengthen the Abbey walls against Viking raids. But with the arrival of Brother Aidan, a master illuminator, Brendan’s life is about to change forever: adventure, action and danger await him. With the help of his fairy friend Aisling, they will fight Vikings and an ancient serpent god in order to find the crystal which will enable them to complete the legendary Book of Kells.

Scenario: Tomm Moore, Fabrice Ziolkowski
Graphic universe: Tomm Moore
Technical: 2D
Lengh: 75’
Target: Family
Date: 2008
Coproducer: Les Armateurs / Cartoon Saloon (Irlande)/ Vivi Film (Belgique) / France 2 Cinéma
Distribution: Celluloïd Dreams


  • Nomination aux Oscars (2010)
  • Prix du public au Festival d’Annecy (2009)
  • Meilleur film Irlandais au Festival de Dublin (2009)
  • Meilleur réalisateur européen et meilleur producteur au Cartoon Movie (2009)
  • Prix du public au Edinburgh IFF (2009)
  • Mention spéciale au Festival Ani­mafest de Zagreb (2009)
  • Prix du public et prix de la ville de Kecskemet au Festival d’animation de Kecskemet (2009)
  • Festi­val du Film Fantastique de Gerardmer (2009)
  • Festival de Berlin (2009) (Kplus Competition)
  • New York Children Film Festival (2009)
  • Yokohama Animation (2009)
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