A strong, character-driven thriller set during a tumultuous period in Irish history. Told in the Irish language, and set on the eve of the Great Hunger, Arracht (meaning Monster) tells of a fisherman who takes in a stranger on the request of a priest. Events that follow lead to tragic personal struggles, but hope may come in the form of a young girl who needs his help.

This well acted and beautifully scored film captures its characters both in the thrall of nature and their own worst instincts.

Director Tom Sullivan skilfully creates a haunting atmosphere that stays with you long after you leave the theatre. Can a man who has lost everything find a way back to himself and start a new life?

Dir: Tomás Ó Súilleabháin; 2020; Ireland; 86 mins; 15