Larry, has Downs, Sophie, has severe epilepsy. The two are attracted to each other and, with the help of care worker Tom, they sneak away to a hotel room during a supervised trip to the cinema. What do they do once they are there? How do they express a love that dare not speak its name? Are they aware that in Ireland they are about to break the law?
While these questions are posed the rest of their colleagues seek out their own challenges: an impromptu shopping trip, pints in the pub, and a surreptitious cuddle in front of a movie screen. The comedian Dave Allen once said: “The secret of comedy is small victories”, and these mini triumphs offset the dramatic challenges that take place in a Galway hotel room between two lovers who refuse to be defined by their disabilities. Hilarious and heart-breaking, Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart.
Director: Len Collin
Writer: Christian O'Reilly
Producer: Edwina Forkin
Cast: Kieran Coppinger, Charlene Kelly, Patrick Becker, Robert Doherty, Valerie Egan, Paul Connolly, Frank Butcher, Emer Macken, Jennifer Cox, Michael Hayes, Karen Murphy, Christopher Dunne, Orla McGovern, Amy Joyce Hastings, Caroline Grace Cassidy and Stephen Marcus.
Runtime 87 min
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Best Irish Film of 2017 as voted for by the Dublin Film Critics Circle
Best Irish Film of 2017 as voted for by the readers of the Irish Times
Best First Film - Galway Film Fleadh
Michael Dwyer Discovery Award - ADIFF (Dublin Film Critics Circle Award)
Best Director - Newport Beach Film Festival, CA, USA
Glasgow International Film Festival 2017
Bentonville Film Festival
Galway Film Fleadh
Reelabilities New York
Audi Dublin International Film Festival
Luxembourg British and Irish Film Festival
Chicago Irish Film Festival
Boston Irish Film Festival
Irish Film Festival Sydney
Irish Film Festival Melbourne
Kansas International Film Festival
Oska Bright Film Festival
Rome Irish Film Festival
Pacific Rim Disability (Mini-Film Festival)
Barcelona Inclús Film Festival
Access Cinema – Ireland (Winner of Michael Dwyer Award)
“The most heart-breaking
and heart-warming movie
you’ll see all year.”
Irish Mail on Sunday
"Smart, well-paced and extremely funny"
"A must see knockabout comedy."
"It is the birth of a new talent in debut director len Collin."
"A remarkable film."
Sunday Business Post
"Brave and Beautiful"
"A wonderful film"