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Offbeat thriller set at the National Library of Wales to receive Eisteddfod premiere before touring cinemas

There’s been plenty of anticipation for new Welsh language thriller The Library Suicides which was one of the hits of the Edinburgh Film Festival, winning leading lady Catrin Stewart a major award.

Now it’s about to receive its Welsh premiere at the National Eisteddfod before it’s screened at cinemas across Wales.

The Library Suicides (Y Llyfrgell) is a contemporary thriller, set in the National Library of Wales Following twin librarians Nan and Ana, the film tracks their journey to unravel the mystery behind their famous author mother’s untimely death.

Based on Fflur Dafydd’s award-winning Welsh language novel Y Llyfrgell, the film explores the secrets and lies at the heart of storytelling and poses the question of ‘who tells the story?’ to the audience.

Catrin Stewart plays twins, librarians Nan and Ana

In the search for answers, Nan and Ana set off during their library night shift on a murderous quest to avenge their mother’s death but are soon disrupted by the night porter who gets tangled up in their exploits.

Directed by Bafta Cymru award-winner, Euros Lyn, the film received its world premiere during the Edinburgh Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best British Feature, while Stewartm who plays the twins, scooped the coveted Best Performance in a British Feature Film.

The film marks Euros’ first feature-length film project having previously directed national favourites such as Broadchurch and Doctor Who

Euros said: “For me working on this film was like being a child in a sweet shop – it brought so many of my loves together. I’m a huge fan of this genre and it was great that I could make my first feature film in Welsh.

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National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. 26th July 2011.
The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth was the location for filming

“To be allowed to film in the wonderfully atmospheric National Library of Wales was the icing on the cake – it’s a fantastic location.”

Stewart, who is from Cardiff and and coincidentally a twin herself, is thrilled that The Library Suicides will be screened in her home city as part of the regional screenings.

“The film was a great project to be a part of from start to finish,” she said.

“Playing twins presents many and various challenges but it was fantastic to have such gritty and provoking roles to play in a Welsh language film and I hope audiences in Cardiff will enjoy the watching as much as we enjoyed the making!”

Where can I see The Library Suicides?

It will receive its Welsh premiere at the National Eisteddfod on August 1 before visiting the following locations…

* Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff – August 5 to 11

* Aberystwyth Arts Centre – August 5 to 11 (no screening on Aug 9)

* Pontio, Bangor – August 5 to 11

* KinoKulture, Oswestry – September 21

* Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda – September 22

* Torch Theatre, Milford Haven – September 22

* Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea – October 10

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