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Director(s)Robert Higgins, Patrick McGivney
Writer(s)Robert Higgins, Patrick McGivney
Running Time1HR 39MINS
SeasonMain Programme

After a violent attack on a night out, a young Gaelic footballer struggles to come to terms with a career-ending injury and undertakes a search for identity in changing rural Ireland.

In a small town in the Irish midlands – the sort of place where Gaelic football is a religion and identity is defined by what one can do on the pitch - lives Cian Reilly (Normal People'Éanna Hardwicke), a young footballer struggling to come to terms with an injury sustained after a violent attack. At the same time, he begins a friendship with Grace (Danielle Galligan), a nurse who is back in town to look after her ailing father following some time away in London. As Cian tries to find meaning in other areas of life, he feels a strong pull from the team and pressure from the town. Soon, he finds himself risking it all by returning to football against doctor’s orders and considering seeking retribution against his assailants.

Lakelands is a moving and poignant depiction of rural youth culture that hasn’t previously been seen in Irish cinema.

"Touching, and remarkably well-handled" - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

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