The Eclipse (2009 film)

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The Eclipse
File:Eclipse poster 09.jpg
Promotional film poster
Directed by Conor McPherson
Produced by Robert Walpole
Written by Conor McPherson
Starring Ciarán Hinds
Iben Hjejle
Aidan Quinn
Music by Fionnuala Ní Chiosáin
Cinematography Ivan McCullough
Edited by Emer Reynolds
Treasure Entertainment
Broadcasting Commission of Ireland
Irish Film Board
Distributed by Treasure Entertainment
Release dates
  • 24 April 2009 (2009-04-24) (Tribeca)
Running time
88 minutes
Country Ireland
Language English

The Eclipse is a 2009 Irish supernatural drama film directed by Conor McPherson[1] and stars Ciarán Hinds, Iben Hjejle and Aidan Quinn.[2]


Michael Farr (Ciarán Hinds) is a depressed widower who teaches shop in the small seaside town of Cobh, in County Cork, Ireland, where he lives with his two children. While he continues to adjust to life without his beloved wife, who died two years earlier, he begins to experience strange, possibly supernatural occurrences connected to his elderly father-in-law, who is close to death in a local nursing home.

When Michael volunteers at the town's annual literary festival, he's assigned to look after Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle). Lena is known for her ghost stories, and Michael, impressed with the realistic nature of her writing, shares his recent experiences with her. While Michael and Lena grow closer, another famous author, Nicholas Holden (Aidan Quinn), a married man with a scandalous reputation, arrives in town for the festival, hoping to rekindle a brief affair he had with Lena a year before. As Michael and Nicholas clash over Lena's affections, Michael's supernatural visions grow more vivid and disturbing.



It was filmed in Cobh, Co. Cork.[3]


It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on 24 April 2009 where, after reports of interest from several studios, Magnolia Pictures secured worldwide distribution rights for the film.[4] The film aired on Irish public-service broadcaster RTÉ One on 17 March 2010.

It was released in Australian cinemas in April 2010.[5]


  • Méliès D'Argent Award for Best European Film
  • Best Film & Best Screenplay Awards 2010 Irish Film & Television Academy Awards[6]
  • Best Actor Award for Ciarán Hinds 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
  • Best Supporting Actor Award for Aidan Quinn 2010 Irish Film & Television Academy Awards[7]


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