Watch Irish Short Film: In Ribbons

In Ribbons has come to the end of its festival journey. Over the last three years, the film has been welcomed at almost forty festivals worldwide, the latest screening at the 2018 ‘Disappear Here Film Festival’ in Donegal.

 

 

Set in 1960s Ireland, In Ribbons begins with young Laurie excited and carefree as she goes for a walk with her Dad… until they reach the grounds of an ominous, grey building. As the door closes on the only world she knows, darkness envelops her and she is abandoned to a place of fear, an orphanage, where silence rules and identity is stripped away. Laurie however, holds firm to her sense of self, her spirit and resilience through the power of her dreams and her memories. The final scene shows Laurie, defiantly clutching a lock of her hair as she peers up at the moon.

Apart from a few ethereal words that echo from ‘Laurie’, the screenplay contains no dialogue, an essential exclusion from the beginning for the screenwriter. As the story moves from joy to fear, and light to dark, Caroline’s vision was to draw the viewer into a journey with the main character through her heightened, though childish, sensual experience. Therefore, a hugely important element of the story narrative was the sound, which was expertly engineered by Neil Horner.

The story is quite personal to Caroline, though she stresses that it is not a judgmental one and does not sensationalize what was a very profound experience – not just for ‘Laurie’, but for thousands of children like her, taken on that same journey, some unwittingly tricked, some kicking and screaming, some so damaged, so desensitized that it didn’t really matter what the destination was.

Written and co-produced by Caroline Farrell, the film was directed and edited by Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, who also co-produced. With the expert guidance from Tom Dowling, who came on board as Line Producer, the team gathered an incredibly talented and generous cast (Patrick O’Donnell, Geraldine McAlinden, Melissa Nolan and Rebecca Waldron), and being an Indie production, a crowd-funding campaign was organised, and raised one quarter of the budget through donations from some very generous friends. The team also applied for a bursary from Kildare County Arts Service, which was successful, and raised another quarter. Caroline and Marie-Valerie covered all remaining expenses.  

The film was shot over three days, at three separate locations, including the Grangegorman building (the former mental hospital, St Brendan’s) which replicated the ominous façade of Goldenbridge Orphanage.

In Ribbons  won the JURY PRIZE at the ‘Worcestershire Film Festival’ 2015, and BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM at both the ‘Los Angeles Cinefest’ and ‘The Seadance Film Festival’ in Spain, 2016. It was also awarded BEST DIRECTOR and BEST SOUND [Neil Horner] at the ‘Wolves Independent IFF’ 2016, in Lithuania, and was the only Irish film to screen at the ‘Arts & Cinema Corner, Women Deliver 4th Global Conference’ 2016, in Copenhagen. It received a MERIT AWARD for Best Drama at the ‘International New York Film Festival’ 2015, and has been nominated for many more, including Best Experimental Film at both the ‘London Film Festival’ and the ‘Lisbon International Film Festival’, 2016. In 2015 it was nominated for Best Connection of Sound and Image at the ‘Braunschweig International Film Festival’ Germany, Best Cinematography [Basil Al Rawi] at the ‘Underground Cinema Film Festival’ and for the European Fiction Award AND the Most Creative Short Film Award at the’ Corti Da Sogni International Film Festival’ in Ravenna, Italy.

 

 

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‘In Ribbons’ Set to Screen at Belfast and Cannes

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In Ribbons, the short film directed by Marie-Valerie Jeantelot and written by Caroline Farrell, is now complete and beginning its festival journey.

Selected to screen at Cannes this coming May, the film will have its world premiere in competition at The Belfast Film Festival on Saturday, April 25th.

Set in 1960’s Ireland, In Ribbons unfolds through a non-dialogue narrative. The story tells the tale of young Laurie, abandoned to a place of fear, holding firm to her identity, spirit and resilience through the power of her dreams and memory.

The film stars Patrick O’Donnell, (North Circular Road, The Looking Glass and the upcoming Daria). Geraldine McAlinden (How to be Happy, Portrait of a Zombie and the upcoming ‘The Secret Scripture’.) and Melissa Nolan, (Sodium Party, and Mouth On Fire Theatre Productions.) Laurie is played by young actress Rebecca Waldron.

Produced by Farrell and Jeantelot with associate producer, Caitriona Costello, the film was also part-funded via crowdfunding and a Film Bursary Award from Kildare County Council Arts Office.

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‘In Ribbons’ Shoots in May.

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Short film In Ribbons, directed by Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, and written by award-winning screenwriter Caroline Farrell is scheduled to begin shooting in May. A fundraising drive is currently under way, details of which can be found at http://www.inribbons.com/ along with a trailer for the film. All funds raised will be used to pay cast and crew, and to cover expenses of equipment hire, costumes, locations, catering, transport, editing and festival entries.

A stellar cast has been assembled, including IFTA longlisted actor Geraldine McAlinden (Portrait of a Zombie, The Incredible Shrinking Office) multi-award winning actor, Patrick O’Donnell (Tin Man, Derelict) and Melissa Nolan (Stalker, Remember Me)

The film is set in 1968, and centres on the journey of a little girl, Laurie. A dark fairytale, In Ribbons is an expressive fable, told in a dialogue-free narrative, capturing the zeitgeist of an era that also reflects a glimpse into the darker side of our social history.

A Facebook page has also been set up, https://www.facebook.com/#!/inribbonsmovie which regularly publishes updates on the progress of the production.

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