Irish animated feature film Song of the Sea has been nominated for an Oscar. The film was written by Donegal-based writer Will Collins and directed by Thomas Moore of The Book of Kells Fame.

Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his sister Saoirse, a child who has never spoken and whose mother disappeared after her birth. They go to live in Dublin with their Granny but Saoirse becomes ill living in the city and Ben knows he must bring her home to the sea. Their adventures unfold in beautiful, hand-drawn pictures of land and sea as their journey takes them from pain and anger to contentment and love.

The film draws inspiration from the legendary Selkie, a creature said to be a seal which can live for a time on land as a human. Among the fantastic cast is Brendan Gleeson who voices the children’s father, a lighthouse keeper who reluctantly allows the children to be brought to Dublin.

This year’s Oscar winners will be announced at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on February 22 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angelus.

Song of the Sea is already proving very popular with cinema-goers in the US and is due to be released in Ireland in March.

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