The Silver Branch
"The Silver Branch" is a philosophical vision-poem about one man’s journey through life which underpins a search to reconnect with nature and culture as primary sources from which we learn a deeper understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.
An uplifting and emotional celebration of people and place, which captures the delicacy of the natural world; the heart and soul of a farmer-poet, Patrick McCormack; and the ancient rural spirit of Ireland which stands behind him. The Story is centred around Patrick and the land, The Burren, Western Ireland. A wild place where Mesolithic tombs, famine villages and present day small rocky fields are like jewels telling of our long human story on these hills. Patrick longs to farm in the quite pace his ascendants did. But his life gains a different momentum when he’s called to Battle in the Supreme courts to decide on the fate of this iconic wilderness.
|Production:||Ken O'Sullivan, John Brown, Andrew Murray, Rory Gilmartin, Sea Fever Productions|
|Actors:||Patrick McCormack, Colin Fitzgerald, Paul Cotter, Aishling O'Sullivan, Eimear O’Sullivan, Aoibhinn McCormack, Tiernan McCormack, Caoileann McCormack, Thomas McCormack, Duncan McCormack, Gerald McGann, JJ Regan, Pat Mac|
|Our age recommendation:||14|
|Country of origin:||Ireland|
|Screening rights:||Sea Fever Productions ()|
It’s impossible to resist the charms of "The Silver Branch", to get caught up in his world, to feel the weight of his struggles and the relief of his triumphs. Enthralling from beginning to end. – Dublin Inquirer
The film does trust that we share its subject’s passion for nature, but it will win over even those agnostic about the philosophy. – The Irish Times
"The Silver Branch" is an absorbing, brilliant film that should be honoured everywhere prizes are given, for delving delicately and drinking deep at the well of one man’s story, one family’s joy and heartbreak. – RTÉ
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