TONIGHT IN NY: Q&A with Kells Director

Secret of Kells

This afternoon, Secret of Kells director Tomm Moore will do a Q&A following the 5pm screening of his film at the Village East Cinema in NY. Also, the distributor of the film, GKID, is launching a limited release of Secret of Kells around the US. When I saw Tomm in LA last week, he mentioned to me that he’ll be doing Q&As after the film in numerous cities. The film opens in Boston (Landmark Kendall Square) and Philadelphia (Landmark Ritz at the Bourse) on March 19, Washington DC (E Street Cinema), Chicago (Siskel Film Center) and San Francisco on April 2, Houston (Angelika) on April 9, and Denver (Starz FilmCenter) and Columbus, OH (Gateway Film Center) on April 16. More release dates will be announced on the Secret of Kells Facebook page.

If last weekend’s super successful New York opening of Kells is any indication, the film’s US release should do well. The show sold out all but one of its weekend shows. According to Movieweb, the film broke “the opening weekend box office record at New York’s IFC Center” and “propelled the IFC Center to its biggest single day and weekend grosses ever, as well as the best Friday and Saturday in the theater’s history. The Secret of Kells weekend gross of $39,826 was the best screen average of any film in the nation for the weekend of March 5-7.”


  • http://www.karrotanimation.com Jamie Badminton

    So thrilled that the buzz really is building – everybody should be able to see this movie!!

  • DroFlo

    anyone see this movie? how was it?

  • http://aalong64.blogspot.com Aaron Long

    I haven’t seen this movie yet, but I’m glad to hear it’s doing so well.

  • http://paulietoons.com/ Paul Neuhaus

    I saw the movie a couple of months back and really dug it.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-25651-Animation-Examiner~y2009m12d15-Review-The-Secret-of-Kells

  • AlphaTom

    Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

  • http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/ Nina Paley

    It’s a great film. I cried at the end, and no it’s not tragic. Just beautiful.

  • purin

    I went to one of those “It’s not sold out? Seriously?” opening viewings. I loved it. It’s a gorgeous movie, about art, artists, and the power of art. That’s how I saw thought of it.

    I found out about that Q&A earlier today, but… It’s just so miserable out. I think the tree behind my building almost snapped. My umbrella was pulverized earlier today. One of the spokes literally twisted around in a kind of spiral.

  • amy

    I was one of those people at IFC last week–this movie is wonderful! Great character design, story, animation. I wish it would get a wide release–I can think of a lot of people who would love this movie, and aren’t going to know it exists..

  • http://[email protected] dbborroughs

    I saw this during the first weekend of this years New York International Children’s Film Festival (GKids) and Tomm Moore did a a Q&A after it and was utterly charming. I wanted to talk to him after the screening and Q&A (things had to be cut short because there was another movie following close behind) but I found I was too over come by the film to say anything to him. Its truly an amazing film. Its also been the talk of the NYICFF the past three weeks with the film being the one film that everyone either wants to see or saw.

  • http://drunkduck.com/anecdote Marbles

    Well, I went to this. Glad I did! Liked the film a lot. I wasn’t blown away by it—I give it a 7.5—but it’s just a personal taste thing. Many aspects of it were wonderful and downright charming. And as someone who has seen an exhibition of illuminated manuscripts, I can assure you that they are just as incredible as the film makes them out to be. If anything, the movie didn’t really do them justice (except in a couple of scenes toward the end.)

    Moore’s Q&A was great. He didn’t speak loudly enough, so it was hard to understand a lot of what he was saying (and I was sitting just a few feet from him!), but it was cool to see all the little kids ask him questions or just give comments.

    “The movie was a little scary but I liked it.”

    “Ashley was fast.”

    “I like the actor of Ashley.”

    “Why did the dragon start eating itself?”

    Best part:
    A particularly astute kid asked “Why were the Vikings attacking the villages?” Moore replied by giving some background to the Vikings’ raids of the time, and concluded with “They were pretty scary dudes back then.”
    “Next question,” the moderator said. “Yes, you—the girl up there.”
    So all eyes shifted behind and upward to a girl in the middle of a row almost at the top of the theater, and the seconds dragged by as the mike was passed down the row person by person until it reached the small brunette in question. She took the mike, leaned forward, and stated firmly: “My ancestors were Vikings.”

    Awkwarrrrrrd. XD XD XD

  • http://www.yaytime.com dave roman

    Saw it last week at the IFC center and really loved it. It’s sort of a small, intimate film with crazy detailed images and moments of total beauty. Seems to owe a bit to Samurai Jack and reminded me of the BETTER scenes in The Thief and The Cobbler–but luckily ties together as a finished film. The soundtrack is also great (same composer as Coraline) and I look forward that as well as the film soon.

  • victoria

    saw it at CTN Expo last year, it was definitly the highlight of the convention :)

  • Allen Skarsgard

    @ Marbles: Her ancestors were Vikings?

    OMG! Maybe we should just throw away all those history books and pander ourselves into ease and comfort, the kind of blindness that mainstream Hollywood films have been churning out for years.

  • http://mantichore.wordpress.com Mantichore

    @Allen: Mind you, recent articles seem to indicate the bloodthirstiness of the Viking raids may have been played up by the monasteries for the usual propaganda reasons (not that a raid by Vikings sounds like heady fun, though).

    Anyhow… Saw the movie quite a while ago, on French DVD — with Breton and French soundtracks, but no English one. Strange… — and the Celtic-based design alone makes it a treat. The plot is not exceptional, but quite nicely managed, nonetheless. All in all, well worth watching and visually refreshing.

  • Arman Iranmanesh

    Saw this beautiful film at the IFC Center. It was definitely the best part of the day, but, prior to reading this, I never knew that many other people, including critics, loved this film as well.

    Wow. $39,826. A new record.

  • Allen Skarsgard

    @ Mantichore: Saw this only recently because of the buzz. The history behind the animation is debatable. But so far as online reviews have indicated, the film indeed ran contrary to what Hollywood has been coming up with so far. You can almost detect none of the honey-curing, inward-looking processes that Disney and Pixar are always adept at. I found the plot simple too but have since wondered if any more would have caused the film to devolve into a kind of falsehood it could do without. I thought the film was taking its cue from the Book of Kells, which was ultimately stripped bare of pomposity.

    Thanks for the briefing on the Vikings. I was planning to do some homework myself.

  • purin

    What did they say to the Viking descendant?

  • http://www.theblogofkells.blogspot.com tomm

    hey purin…its kind of funny the whole Viking thing, our vikings in Kells are deliberately not historically accurate, more a subjective vision of how they might have been imagined by people living in fear of them.
    They are more influenced by the demons in medieval art than how they would have actually looked.
    I explained that my wife is Swedish and I work with plenty of Scandinavians and while proud of their heritage (the vikings brought a lot of their culture to Ireland as well as founding Dublin!) they understand that the nasty side to the history is part and parcel of it all. I don’t think its a recent enough history for anyone to take it personally one way or the other?

  • http://mantichore.wordpress.com Mantichore

    @ tomm: yeah, the Vikings in the film are definitely not human, but embodiments of fear, with their stylized, one-dimensional look. It’s really a gorgeous production.