Best First Irish Feature Film - 28th Galway Film Fleadh
Michael Dwyer Discovery Award ADIFF 2017 - Cast of Sanctuary - (Dublin Film Critics Circle)
Best Director - Len Collin - Newport Beach Film Festival 2017
A funny film about sex, love, friends and freedom, things we take for granted, but for Larry with Downs and Sophie with Epilepsy it is a mountain to climb.
Sanctuary is a world first for actors with intellectual disability. Following on from pioneers such as Jaco Van Dormael's as Le huitième jour (1996) and Galvao's Colegas (2012) this film features nine wonderful actors with ID whom you will fall in love with.
Larry, has Downs, Sophie, has severe epilepsy. The two are attracted to each other and, through a care worker Tom, they sneak away to a hotel room during a supervised trip to the cinema. What do they do once they are there? How do they express a love that dare not speak it’s name? Are they aware that in Ireland they are about to break the law?
While these questions are posed the rest of their colleagues seek out their own challenges: An impromptu shopping trip, pints in the pub, and a surreptitious cuddle in front of a movie screen. Dave Allen once said “The secret of comedy is small victories”, and these mini triumphs offset the dramatic challenges that take place in a Galway hotel room between two lovers who refuse to be defined by their disabilities.