This multi-award-winning IFTA film ‘The Silver Branch’ depicts the life and insights of the inimitable philosopher, poet, and farmer, Patrick McCormack, owner of ‘Fr Ted’s House’ in the beautiful, austere Burren, Western Ireland.
Through Patrick’s eyes and pastoral verse, this beautifully shot film immerses us in the exquisite textures of the natural world, bringing us a rare glimpse of a disappearing way of life with all its richness and roguery, and leading to a deep connection with the Earth and our ancestral wild spirit. Patrick longs to farm in the quite pace his ascendants did: – to be free and to live in harmony with the landscape: The landscape\nature itself is our heroine: – beautiful, strong, wild, yet nurturing and all giving, but she needs protection from the cold front of capitalism and government sell outs. Patrick is the perfect hero, a rugged Burren man with a vision and is willing to risk all when he’s called to Battle in the Supreme courts to decide on the fate of this iconic wilderness. Though it is centred around this remarkable man and his search for ‘unity of being’, it explores more universal themes: It is a story of life, love, family, grief, of commitment and of the struggles of modern day life, which invites the viewer to follow in mindful meditation, to take a journey into the self and exam the relationship between man and landscape, between tradition and spirit, between body and soul.
Brendan Gleeson “Film making as it should be in Ireland, finding the universal in the local – with a sure footedness that is most unusual, magical … a unique and an important cinematic gift” (The film is beautiful. Stunning visually and the sensibilities are so vividly expressed. A true gaisce.
RTÉ Film review: THE SILVER BRANCH: absorbing and deserving of garlands “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.”
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- IFTA Nominated for Best Feature Documentary in the Irish Film Awards
- Winner of Innsbruck Film Festival Grand Prize Best Documentary –Watch HERE
- Winner Banff Mountain Film Festival Culture Award
SUNDAY INDEPENDENT “A breath-taking cinematic essay on Ireland’s natural beauty. Accompanying this visual beauty are the thoughtful, sometimes hypnotic poems and musings of McCormack, which emphasise the importance of nature and our need to embrace simplicity and beauty in modern life. Ireland has rarely been captured onscreen with such striking artistry.”
HOTPRESS “So potent is the continuous conversation Costello’s film has with its environment that a meditative quality takes hold that is as rich and rare as the Burren itself.What begins as just a sumptuous piece of local filmmaking starts to ring with a universal candour.”
IRISH TIMES (Donald Clarke) “Beautifully shot, thoughtful documentary on the poet Patrick McCormack. It is a testament to the power of Costello’s film-making that the picture can win over even those (ahem) not entirely on board with McCormack’s pastoral philosophy.” https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film/the-best-films-from-this-year-s-galway-film-fleadh-1.3157532
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