Glassland's grim setting is leavened by writer-director Gerard Barrett's compassionate treatment of his characters - and bolstered by a strong cast led by Toni Collette and Jack Reynor. Sundance award winner, Glassland tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother from drug addiction.
Supported by the Irish Film Board, produced by Dublin-based Element Pictures, Glassland shared best Irish feature with Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day at Galway Film Fleadh.
“The tears in Glassland catch you unawares. This is not your run-of-the-mill weepy, nor your archly-crafted Oscar bait,” Brian Moylan in the Guardian noted.
'Glassland smartly plays off Jean's unhinged disintegration against John's tense, subdued control. In that contrast lies the power of this film.' New York Magazine
'Glassland is a small film with an emotional punch that wallops above its weight class.' Globe and Mail
'In the movie's best scene, as mother and son dance to an old pop song, the look on Reynor's face speaks volumes about loss and hope. It's a look that's going to be breaking hearts on screen for decades to come.' Los Angeles Times
Sundance Film Festival 2015 Winner Special Jury Prize World Cinema - Dramatic
Netia Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema 2015 Winner Making Way Award Special Mention
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