Welsh Film Festival – Hedd Wyn

Part of the Welsh Film Festival, presented by the Ottawa Welsh Society!

A young poet named Ellis Evans (Huw Garmon) living in the North Wales countryside near Trawsfynydd competes under his bardic name of Hedd Wyn for the Bard’s Chair, the most coveted prize of all in the National Eisteddfod. But before the winner is announced, Evans, a pacifist, is conscripted and sent to fight in the trenches of the First World War.

Poster for the Welsh Oscar nominee Hedd WynnThe wonderful cinematography aptly captures the beauty of Hedd Wyn’s home in Gwynedd, where nature was an important element in his poetry, and then starkly portrays the horrors of Passchendaele, demonstrating the futility of war.

Hedd Wyn is the first film from Wales to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

flagPart of the Welsh Film Festival, playing four Tuesdays in March.
For details of all four films in the series, download this pdf.




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