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Eden

Eden
Director: Declan Recks

Ireland, 2008, 87 min., drama
Declan Recks has adapted from Eugene O’Brien’s award-winning stage-play for the screen. Billy (Aiden Kelly) and Breda (Eileen Walsh) have been married for almost a decade. Lately, their marriage has become plain monotony. Their two children did not bring the family together; rather, the contrary happened. Billy spends his most of his time at the local pub drinking with his friends, and Breda is slowly falling apart in front of the television with the children. Billy plays the role of the local hero as he rescued a small child from drowning and he frequently fantasies about young attractive women. Breda tries to hide her frustration when Billy comes home to bed after a night out, but lacking any desire for her. As Billy and Breda’s 10th wedding anniversary comes closer, Breda does her best to envisage a bright future. She tries to see the anniversary as the perfect start to change the status quo in their marriage, putting her hopes into a special dress she is sewing for the anniversary night. Eileen Walsh’s excellent portrayal of Breda’s vulnerability earned her the ‘Best actress in a Narrative Feature’ award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Eden had premiered at the Dublin International Film Festival in February and has travelled to major festivals as the Tribeca Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, and now to its Lithuanian premiere at the Kaunas International Film Festival.

Awards: Eileen Walsh ‘Best actress in a Narrative Feature’, Tribeca Film Festival, New York 2008
Section: Special focus on Irish film

Screenplay: Eugene O'Brien

Dir. of Photography: Owen McPolin

Producer: David Collins

Cast: Aidan Kelly, Eileen Walsh, Karl Shiels, Padraic Delaney, Lesley Conroy