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Cartoon Saloon

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About the filmmakers:

In 1998, Tomm Moore co-founded Cartoon Saloon with fellow filmmakers Paul Young and Nora Twomey with a focus on dazzling hand-drawn animation designed to communicate culturally specific narrative traditions.

Along with the Academy Award-nominated Irish folklore trilogy – The Secret of Kells (2009)Song of the Sea (2014) and Wolfwalkers (2020) – the animation studio has produced critically acclaimed features and shorts including Twomey’s Academy Award-nominated feature The Breadwinner (2017) and Louise Bagnall’s nominated short Late Afternoon (2018), which also won at Tribeca Film Festival.

The Gateway Film Center is one of only a few venues in the country to have screened all four of Cartoon Saloon’s feature films, and we are thrilled to experience their unique stories with you again now.

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The Program


The Breadwinner (2017)

Director Nora Twomey

In 2001, Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban. When her father is captured, a determined young girl disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

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The Secret of Kells (2009)

Directors Nora Twomey and Tomm Moore

First film in the Irish folklore trilogy. In ancient Ireland, a young boy is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.

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Song of the Sea (2014)

Director Tomm Moore

Second film in the Irish folklore trilogy. Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – embark on a fantastic journey to free the fairies and save the spirit world.

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Wolfwalkers (2020)

Directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart

Final film in the Irish folklore trilogy. The tale of a magical, unlikely friendship between two girls in 17th-century Ireland.

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Short Films

A screening of the Irish animation studio’s short films for MyGFC Members.

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