Archive of films Conamara / Conamara

2000, 107 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2001


The young post mistress Maria lives with her husband and daughter in Conamara, located on the Atlantic coast in a wild part of Ireland. When Axel, a lank German with whom she had an affair several years before, turns up at her house as if from nowhere, she is seized by panic: her husband naturally knows nothing of her affair and, at the time, she did not tell Axel that she was married with a child. Now her former lover has appeared on her doorstep and is even considering settling in Conamara. Maria tries doggedly to ward off this unwelcome visitor, but Axel is eloquent, amiable and enterprising and decides to start up a business with her and her husband. It becomes clear that he has burnt all his bridges and that he still adores his former love. To succumb to his seduction, however, would mean risking the most valuable thing in Maria’s life – her contented and tranquil family. . . . This civil, unimpassioned story of temptation, punishment and enduring hope is excellently directed and casted and draws to an almost unexpectedly optimistic conclusion.

About the director

Eoin Moore (Dublin) is of Irish origin but spent much of his life in Germany. In 1991 he began studying at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin and, after his initial interest in documentaries, started making short feature films. He focuses on his work with actors and tries to reduce where possible the laborious pre-production stages. He directed his graduate feature film “plus-minus null” (“Break Even”) in 1997 with this idea in mind; the film cost $ 35,000 to make and was completed in a mere eight weeks. “Break Even” won Eoin Moore the New Director’s prize at the Munich festival in 1998, was awarded the special Jury Prize in Turin and San Sebastian and was also hailed in Germany as the best graduate film of the year.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Eoin Moore
Screenplay: Greg O´ 0Brennan, Eoin Moore
Dir. of Photography: Michael Hammon
Music: Warner Poland, Kai Uwe Kohlschmidt
Editor: Dirk Grau
Producer: Claus Boje, Ingrid Holzapfel
Production: Boje Buck Filproduktion
Cast: Ellen Ten Damme, Darragh Kelly, Andreas Schmidt, Rosaleen Linehan, Martin Jamsie

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