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CITADEL Wins Audience Award at Prestigious US Festival SXSW

20th Mar 2012

Irish/Scottish co-production CITADEL, the psychological horror debut from talented Irish writer - director Ciarán Foy picked up an Audience Award at the renowned SXSW international film and music festival in Austin, Texas.   This award follows on from the critical acclaim the film has received since its world premiere as part of the Midnighters section of the festival.  

Commenting on the win, director Ciaran Foy said "Between the great reviews and the epic audience reaction to Citadel, I'm genuinely stunned and humbled.  It'll take a while for it all to sink in, but I'm so thankful to SXSW and I can't think of a way that the festival could have gone any better!"

Producers Katie Holly and Brian Coffey added "All at Bl!nder Films and Sigma Films are delighted with the news - to win an audience award, particularly at SXSW where audiences are sophisticated and can be hard-to please, is immensely satisfying and we hope their approval is indicative of the future success of the film around the world."  

Blurring the boundary between real-life experiences and a darker fictional world, CITADEL is an unsettling, original and powerful story - an agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children.

Variety has said that "Foy skillfully taps into primal fears and urban paranoia to keep his audience consistently unsettled" and also commented on the imagery in the final scenes describing them as "breathtakingly lyrical".

Other reviews praise the acting and how the film was shot:

"a solid movie.... one of the most consistently liked films of SXSW" www.aintitcool.com

"Incredibly well-shot, terrifying and freakish horror drama"  http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/

"One of the most invigorating horror stories and human dramas that I have seen, not just this year but in a long time"

"Wonderful ensemble cast.... absolutely beautiful to look at"

The film features Aneurin Barnard (We'll Take Manhattan, Ironclad, Hunky Dory, Elfie Hopkins and The Gammons, Screen International Rising Star) in the lead role of Tommy, alongside Scotland's finest, James Cosmo (Braveheart, Troy, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Runway, and his Scottish BAFTA winning performance in Donkeys ) in the role of The Priest, and Wunmi Mosuka (I am Slave, One Night in Emergency and Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing on the Edge) as Marie. Co-stars include Ingrid Craigie and Amy Shiels.

CITADEL is produced by Katie Holly (Blinder Films) and Brian Coffey (Sigma Films). Executive producers are Gillian Berrie, Kieron J. Walsh and David Mackenzie.

CITADEL is Ciarán Foy's debut feature film. A graduate from the National Film School of Ireland, Ciarán's short film The Faeries of Blackheath Woods won nine best short film awards at international festivals. CITADEL is a psychological horror, based partly on his own experiences of unprovoked urban attack and the resulting agoraphobia.

CITADEL is a Blinder Films and Sigma Films Co-Production, and is funded by the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, Creative Scotland, Section 481 and UK Tax Credit.

The film was one of five Irish titles to screen at the festival with DOLLHOUSE, DREAMS OF A LIFE, FOXES and JOY also in the line-up.

About SXSW Film and Conference Festival:

The SXSW® Film Conference and Festival features a dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry leaders in a uniquely creative environment. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers invaluable networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of independent film. The Film Conference buzzes with world-class speakers, creatives and innovators in a productive social atmosphere. Simultaneously the internationally acclaimed Film Festival program celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent, featuring provocative documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more.
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