An Cailín Ciúin

The Quiet Girl | Das stille Mädchen
“There are no secrets in this house. Do you hear me? … If there are secrets in a house, there is shame in that house.”

Four siblings, a mother torn between care and helplessness, a cursing father and a wet mattress every morning: these are the things that make up quiet young Cáit’s life. Her parents decide it’s best if she spends the summer at the farm of two relatives she has never met. Lush green trees flank the road leading up to their property, a respectful silence pervading their bright, clean house. Here, tenderly looked after by Eibhlín, Cáit finally feels loved and safe. Initial aloofness likewise starts giving way to a deeper bond between her and Seán, with whom she feeds the calves. The mattress stays dry. And yet, in the midst of the scraggly beauty of the Irish countryside, certain secrets seem to linger, which Cáit begins to face with newfound courage and confidence.
by Colm Bairéad
with Catherine Clinch, Carrie Crowley, Andrew Bennett, Michael Patric, Kate Nic Chonaonaigh, Joan Sheehy
Ireland 2022 Irish, English 94’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 8 years and up


  • Catherine Clinch (Cáit)
  • Carrie Crowley (Eibhlín)
  • Andrew Bennett (Seán)
  • Michael Patric (Da)
  • Kate Nic Chonaonaigh (Mam)
  • Joan Sheehy (Úna)


Written and Directed by Colm Bairéad based on the story “Foster” by Claire Keegan
Cinematography Kate McCullough
Editing John Murphy
Music Stephen Rennicks
Sound Design Steve Fanagan
Sound John 'Bob' Brennan
Production Design Emma Lowney
Costumes Louise Stanton
Make-Up Linda Mooney, Avelina Mooney
Assistant Director Scott McCutcheon
Production Manager Des Martin
Producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoi
Executive Producers Dearbhla Regan, Máire Ní Chonláin

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Colm Bairéad

Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1981, he was brought up bilingually. He already began making short films as a teenager and later studied film and broadcasting at the Dublin Institute of Technology. His first short after graduating, Mac an Athar (His Father’s Son), was an international festival success. He has made several films in Irish and has worked for the Irish-language broadcaster TG4. In 2012, he co-founded the Inscéal production company with Cleona Ní Chrualaoi. His most successful documentaries to date include Cumann na mBan – Women of the Revolution and Murdair Mhám Trasna (The Maamtrasna Murders).


2005 Mac an Athar (His Father’s Son); short film 2008 Finscéal Pháidí (Páidí’s Tale); short film 2010 An tÁdh (Luck); short film 2011 Finding the Footprints – A Look Back at Mise Éire; documentary 2012 Páirtnéir (Partner); short film 2013 An Ceoldráma (The Musical); documentary series 2014 Cumann na mBan – Women of the Revolution; medium-length film 2015 The Joy; documentary series 2016 Frank O’Connor – Idir Dhá Shruth; documentary 2018 Murdair Mhám Trasna (The Maamtrasna Murders); documentary · Finné (Witness); documentary series, season 1, 1 episode 2020 McGuinness; documentary 2022 An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022