In Brittany, the Town of Ys.
Telling the story of the Town of Ys, King Gradlon and Princess Dahut in a fantasy feature-film in Welsh and in Breton?
That is the Kan Ar Mor film project, carried out by a group of Breton and Welsh students passionate about Celtic languages and culture. Shot partly in Aberystwyth, a Welsh city famous for harboring a mysterious mermaid, and partly in the Bay of Douarnenez in Brittany, as close as possible to the mythical Town of Ys that was engulfed under the eyes of Saint Winwaloe by the ocean’s wrath. The film required two weeks of shooting and more than fourteen months of post-production.
Kan Ar Mor tells the story of Leon, a young Breton investigating with his friends the mysterious disappearance of a Welsh sailor: Tom Glenmor. This investigation will lead them to the borders of the Kingdom of the Dead, in the heart of the oldest Celtic legend.
Independent project or #DoItOurselves
Totally independent project and without any external funding, Kan Ar Mor was born from the unwavering will of his team as well as from the participation of dozens of musicians who brought to the film their personal interpretation, in Breton or in French, of the famous Gwerz. Ker Ys; Thus resounding the bardic tradition of our history through music.
Azenor Kallag won the Best Actress Award at the Los Angeles Cinema WorldFest Awards for her interpretation of Sara in Kan Ar Mor.
We can hear the versions of Yann-Fañch Kemener, Didier Squiban and Aldo Ripoche. Then, Kreiz Breizh Akademi, Al Loar ‘Gan, the Ensemble Vocal Bergamasque and Goulven Airault. Finally, Marine Lavigne and Brendan-Budok Durand-Le Ludec. Other musicians have also enriched the musical universe of the film. Including Gweltaz and Malo Adeux, Erwann Menguy, Jordi Savall, Jean Léger, Maïlys Duquenne, Adrian von Ziegler and many others …
More than thirty festivals, in fifteen different countries, have already placed Kan Ar Mor in their Official Selection and the film has so far won ten awards. Including Best Actress for Azenor Kallag, Best Actor for Talwyn Baudu, Best Director for Pierre- André Le Leuch and Best Fantasy Film!
The Kan Ar Mor release date has not yet been set but a trailer is already available.
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