Irish horror feature film Citadel has confirmed its Irish cinema release date for the 14th June. The announcement comes from Irish film distributor Wildcard Distribution. The film received its world premiere at the internationally renowned SXSW last year, where it won the Midnighters Audience Award. The film’s Irish premiere was at the Galway Film Fleadh last year, where it won Best First Feature. It has received numerous awards, along with significant critical acclaim at film festivals worldwide and on its US release with industry bible Variety calling the film “intensely suspenseful” and “breathtakingly lyrical”. Citadel has also been a commercial success upon its US release last Halloween, and has been sold worldwide.
Tommy Cowley is a young father inflicted with chronic agoraphobia since his wife was brutally attacked by a gang of twisted feral children. Trapped in a dilapidated suburb, he finds himself terrorised by the same gang, who now seem intent on taking his baby daughter. Torn between the help of an understanding nurse and a vigilante priest, Tommy sets out to learn the nightmarish truth surrounding these hooded children. He also discovers that to be free of his fears, he must finally face the demons of his past and enter the one place that he fears the most – the abandoned tower block known as the Citadel.
Ciaran Foy, director of Citadel commented: “It’s really great that my debut feature film Citadel is finally being released in Ireland, particularly in Dublin, the city that in many ways gave birth to the story. This comes after the film has literally traveled around the globe and the response it has received has been amazingly positive. It received a theatrical release in the US last November and is doing really well on DVD and digital platforms over there. All the same, there’s a sense of satisfying completion about showing it on home ground and I can’t wait for audiences to experience the terror.”
Patrick O’Neill of Wildcard Distribution commented, “Ciaran Foy’s Citadel is a unique film from a visionary new Irish directing talent that has been exciting, shocking, and terrifying audiences worldwide. I’m really looking forward to Irish audiences getting the opportunity to see this brilliant horror film.”
The film was produced by Katie Holly of Dublin based Blinder Films, with the support of The Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann and Scottish Screen.