I'll start this one off with a confession: I've seen this movie. I've seen it many times, in fact. "The Secret of Kells" (Dir. Tomm Moore) is a work of art.
It tells the story of a young boy named Brendan who lives in a medieval town under siege from Norsemen. He meets a master of book-making named Brother Aiden, who escaped from the isle of Iona with the unfinished Book of Iona, a masterwork of the craft. Along with the help of Aisling, a forest spirit who agrees to aid the pair in creating the book, they must work together to finish the The Book of Iona while attempting to maintain the safety of Kells as they know it.
It is visually and musically extravagant, and it stands out from the typical Disney stereotype of animated movies in it's two-dimensional animation and whimsical storytelling. It's a great experience for kids and adults alike, and was nominated for an Academy Award when it came out.
This is one of my favorite movies, not only of my childhood, but of all time. I highly encourage you to go see it through the festival.
The Secret of Kells is playing at the Savoy Theater in Montpelier at 11AM on Saturday, March 17th.
For tickets and more information, please visit gmffestival.org
I hope to see you there!