d. Ciarán Foy, c. Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku, Jake Wilson, Amy Shiels 2012, Ireland, 84 mins.
Txtwrks Audience Award Keyword: cita1, cita2, cita3, cita4, cita5
Playing with: Bad Moon Rising, d. Scott Hamilton, Australia
Despite its name, the blighted Edentown housing estate is far from paradise. Abandoned by the police, the few residents who remain are plagued by brutal gangs of hoodie-wearing, feral children that seem to feed on fear. When Tommy’s pregnant wife Joanne is viciously attacked and ends up in a coma, it turns his world upside down. In the wake of this trauma, Tommy suffers crippling agoraphobia, rendering him housebound and barely able to look after their infant daughter, Elsa. To make matters worse, the same mysterious hooded gang appears intent on kidnapping Elsa, while tormenting Tommy at every turn. In order to save his daughter and his own sanity, Tommy must team with a blind boy and a renegade priest, who understands the gang’s true horrific nature, and return to the Citadel—the abandoned tower block tenement where this nightmare began. - SIFF