Man of Aran film wins Venice Grand Prix

20th August 1934
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Man of Aran won the Venice Film Festival Grand Prix aka the Mussolini Cup (top prize for the best foreign film) at the 2nd Venice International Film Festival,

Filmed in Kilronan, Inis Mór, Co. Galway, this documentary presents life on Ireland's Aran Islands, a beautiful, rugged, and remote locale where survival was a constant struggle. 

Featuring scenic shots of seaside cliffs and rocky expanses, the film, which takes a few fictional liberties, shows islanders fishing and farming in inventive ways in order to keep food on their tables.

While some dramatic moments reveal a sense of narrative, the main draw of the production is the stunning scenery.

Written & Directed by Robert J. Flaherty

Starring: Colman 'Tiger' King Maggie Dirrane (nee Mullin), Michael Dirrane 


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