Vat­i­can screen­ing for Kerry film in­spired by Pope’s green mes­sage, but lit­tle in­ter­est from of­fi­cial­dom at home says di­rec­tor

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

PA­TRICK Bren­dan O’Neill’s film The Un­count­able Laugh­ter of The Sea, a work cel­e­brat­ing our re­la­tion­ship to lan­guage and our en­vi­ron­ment, en­tirely shot in County Kerry, will be screened in a spe­cial event at the Vat­i­can on March 5.

The film takes inspiration from Pope Fran­cis’ en­cycli­cal on the en­vi­ron­ment ‘Laudato si’ with the late Mons.Padraig O’Fian­nachta act­ing as the guid­ing spirit on what is a unique med­i­ta­tive jour­ney.

Ir­ish Am­bas­sador to The Holy See, Emma Madi­gan, will host an evening where The Un­count­able Laugh­ter of The Sea will be in­tro­duced by Bishop Paul Tighe, re­cently ap­pointed Sec­re­tary to The Pon­tif­i­cal Coun­cil for Cul­ture by Pope Fran­cis. The film was cho­sen by The Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in NYC with Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins at­tend­ing the Ir­ish pre­mier in Tralee, hail­ing the film as a work of Art: “It’s an el­e­men­tal and beau­ti­ful film, com­bin­ing pow­er­ful cin­e­matog­ra­phy with the spir­i­tual con­tem­pla­tion of the won­der of na­ture, such a great con­tri­bu­tion to her­itage, it is a work of Art, a won­der­ful and mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Hol­ly­wood Stars such as Su­san Saran­don and Rosario Daw­son are fans, and The Ir­ish Film and Tele­vi­sion Net­work de­scribed the film ‘as call­ing to mind Martin Scors­ese’ Si­lence’. Aer Lin­gus aired the film on their Transat­lantic flights.

Di­rec­tor Pa­trick Bren­dan O’Neill who also runs his fam­ily busi­ness O’Neill’s Bed & Break­fast in Bal­ly­heigue has been sell­ing DVD’s to guests who are tak­ing this unique in­sight into County Kerry back home to re­gions across the world.

He is de­lighted with this lat­est ac­knowl­edge­ment for the film, but said he is mys­ti­fied as to the ap­par­ent lack of in­ter­est in the film from of­fi­cial Ire­land. Pa­trick be­lieves it rep­re­sents a great sell­ing point for the King­dom over­seas.

“Over the two-year pe­riod since the film’s pre­miere in New York, we can­not get any of­fi­cial in­volved in pro­mot­ing tourism, from TDs to min­is­ters to mem­bers of coun­cils, to in­cor­po­rate the film as a pro­mo­tional tool in their tourist strat­egy.

“It has proved an en­vi­ron­ment of in­dif­fer­ence, while the film’s mes­sage is noth­ing but pos­i­tive, their si­lence is in­com­pre­hen­si­ble, as if the film never hap­pened,” Pa­trick said.

Pa­trick Bren­dan O’Neill (cen­tre at back) and the late Mons Ó Fian­nachta (seated) with Pres­i­dent Michael D and Sabina Hig­gins, Pa­trick’s father Donal and fam­ily mem­bers at the Ir­ish pre­miere of The Un­count­able Laugh­ter of the Sea - which is to screen in the Vat­i­can.

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