Brendan et le Secret de Kells

France, Ireland, Belgium


In the 9th century, in a remote part of Ireland, lies the fortified Kells Abbey, where 12-year-old Brendan lives quietly. He is working hard together with the other monks to fortify the abbey walls as protection against Viking raids. But he is called to a new life of adventure with the arrival of Brother Aidan, a celebrated master illuminator and keeper of an extraordinary, but unfinished book. Aidan initiates the art of illumination to Brendan, awakening a prodigious talent.

Brendan must finish the magnificent book. He has to overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him beyond the Abbey’s walls for the first time in his life, deep into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. He meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious creature between a wolf and a girl, who will help him along the way.

But with the terrifying Viking hordes getting closer, Brendan’s artistic vision will illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against the barbarians.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey

Written by: Tomm Moore, Fabrice Ziolkowski

Produced by: Didier Brunner, Viviane Vanfleteren, Paul Young

Nominations and Awards

  • European Animated Feature Film 2009