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Winner of the Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film Award for Eileen Walsh. Eileen will receive a Delta business elite voucher, valid for anywhere Delta travels.
Jury Comments: "For her exquisite rendering of a lonely wife aching to be seen and heard."
Director Declan Recks' adaptation of Eugene O'Brien's play renders a delicate dissection of a marriage in peril. In a small provincial town, Billy (Aiden Kelly) and Breda (Eileen Walsh) are approaching their 10th wedding anniversary. With two young children, their married life has disintegrated into a stale monotony, and the distance between them seems to grow by the day. He spends his time with the lads at the local pub, leaving Breda home watching television with the children. Billy clings to booze, his past glory (he was branded a local hero when he rescued a child from drowning in a river), and sexual fantasies about a younger woman. Breda, rather, holds onto an inkling of optimism for the future, believing the big anniversary will be the perfect chance to fix their dire situation. But as the date approaches, the reality of Billy and Breda's different needs and desires is slowly uncovered-to each other and to themselves. Recks and O'Brien masterfully maneuver the emotional complexities of their characters, parlaying the utmost minutiae into brilliant indications of depth, and giving equal footing to both their beautiful and devastating sides. Recks' skilled eye frames every scene with a grand scope but ably captures every detail, and O'Brien naturally transfers his material from stage to screen, keeping all its muted intricacies intact. Actors Aidan Kelly and Eileen Walsh effortlessly breathe life into their characters with their nuanced performances. Eden, like marriage itself, reveals how sometimes the little things matter most.
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Director's Statement Collapse
Eden first came to my attention as a manuscript for an as yet unproduced play by Eugene O'Brien. Eugene's play, which was written as two monologues, struck me immediately as something I would like to try and adapt for film. The play was set in a world familiar to me, the midlands of Ireland, and related the simple story of a husband and wife, Billy and Breda, who are approaching their 10th wedding anniversary with very different goals in mind. I was particularly interested in exploring how the central characters managed to physically live under the same roof yet be emotionally as far apart as any two people could be. The feeling of inevitability in Billy’s drunken journey was something I felt that all males could identify with while Breda’s desire for Billy just to come home with her would ring true from many women. The play’s subsequent success and translation into several languages confirmed that Eugene's writing had hit a chord.
The biggest challenge in adapting the play was moving away from the monologue form. Finding a way to portray the central characters’ inner lives in a visual way and fleshing out the peripheral characters, who were only ever referred to in the play. But with Eugene's script, the cinematography of Owen McPolin, and the fine performances from the two leads, Eileen Walsh and Aidan Kelly, I believe we've captured the feeling of the original work and hopefully brought a totally new dimension to it.
Film Information Collapse
[EDENZ] | 2008 | 84 | Narrative Feature
Directed by: Declan Recks
Foreign Title: (Eden)
Cast & Credits Collapse
Principal Cast Aidan Kelly, Eileen Walsh,Padraic Delaney, Edna Oates, Lesley Conroy, Karl Shiels
Screenwriter Eugene O'Brien
Producer David Collins
Editor Gareth Young
Production Designer John Hand
Director of Photography Owen McPolin
About the Director(s)Collapse
Declan Recks graduated from Ireland's National Film School in 1989 with the award-winning short film Big Swinger. He set up Paradox Pictures with fellow graduate Liam O'Neill in 1992. The company produced several feature films, including Separation Anxiety and How Harry Became a Tree. Declan directed the award-winning shorts Quando and Sunny's Deliverance, Soap (ARTE/ZDF), and the drama Making Ends Meet (RTÉ/IFB). He has directed some of the top-rated shows on Irish television, Any Time Now (BBC), The Clinic (RTÉ), and the award-winning miniseries Pure Mule (RTÉ), for which he won an Irish Film and TV Award for best director. He recently directed The Running Mate, a miniseries for TG4/IFB/BCI.