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Cinema of Small Nations
Across four Wednesdays in November, Exeter Phoenix will be hosting the Cinema of Small Nations, a series celebrating film in a uniquely European context. Highlighting some of the very best and most exciting films around, join us as we journey through the cinematic landscapes of Belgium, Scotland, Wales, and Romania.
Seachd – The Inaccessible Pinnacle
Introduction by the filmmaker Simon Miller.
Dir. Simon Miller, Scotland, 100 mins, 2007, subtitled.
A poetic and lyrical ode to Scottish Gaelic storytelling, Seachd – The Inaccessible Pinnacle presents a young man’s quest for the truth behind the death of his parents and his grandfather’s stories.
Beautifully composed and crafted images of the Scottish landscape permeate the action that unfolds in the past, the present and the mythical. Shot with a HD camera,
Seachd brilliantly captures a misty and mysterious lsle of Skye that has stories to tell. These ancient Scottish Gaelic stories recite a history of poisoned lovers, revenge, shipwrecked sailors, and Spanish Gold. The boyhood journey leads Angus to the peak of one of Scotland’s most treacherous mountains, the title’s Inaccessible Pinnacle.
Seachd is the first Scottish Gaelic feature film, shining a light on Scottish Gaelic culture and local, amateur talent. The Herald Tribune noted a revival in Scottish Gaelic in schools, politics and sports broadcasting around the time of Seachd’s release in 2007. An intriguing and important film that showcases one of Great Britain’s minor languages.
‘A deep pride in Skye’s culture of storytelling […] at the heart of this well-rounded debut, the first contemporary film in Scots Gaelic’
‘The film continually surprises us with the range of its imagination and a unique structure that owes more to our oral storytelling than Hollywood scriptwriting sessions’
‘Gaelic is set to make a cinematic comeback’
‘A remarkable achievement’
‘Excellent, meaningful and substantial’
- Wed 16 Nov: 7.30pm