#IrishAbroad: Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s Atlantic ships up at 67th Berlinale

Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s exemplary award-winning documentary Atlantic has been selected to play at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival on February 14th.

The second feature documentary from acclaimed director Risteard O Domhnaill (The Pipe), Atlantic follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities in Norway, Newfoundland and Arranmore as they struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges, and looks at the threat posed to the ocean’s ecosystem and fishing communities by oil exploration and overfishing. This visually stunning new work, persuasively narrated by Brendan Gleeson, brings the personal stories in the vital resource debate to the fore to explore how these communities must learn from the past in order to secure a brighter future.

Risteard Ó Domhnaill is a director and cameraman based in the West of Ireland. Risteard was a student of Irish and History at the National University of Ireland, Galway and after completing a course in camera work, he moved back to County Mayo where he spent the next four years filming the protests over the Corrib Gas pipeline. The story focused on those at the centre of the opposition against Shell, many of whom he had known since he was young. His resulting feature film, The Pipe debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and enjoyed successful international distribution in over 20 countries. The Pipe lead Risteard to look at the politics of oil and gas prospects off the Irish coast and looking across the Atlantic to find that Ireland’s tale is not unique. What has since unfolded is an incredible story of resource mismanagement, explored by Risteard in his latest film Atlantic.

The documentary plays in the“Passion Food” Culinary Cinema strand, which features films that focus on the relationship between food, culture and politics.

“Undoubtedly, passion – and its mastery – is a driving force behind the work of cooks and filmmakers, and simultaneously one of its themes,” Festival Director Dieter Kosslick says in explaining the motto.

Atlantic joins compatriots Return to Montauk and Everything at the festival, with more titles to be announced soon.