Category

archive

innocents-1-1466783271

THE INNOCENTS [FRANCE, POLAND], THURSDAY 26 JANUARY, 8PM

By | archive | No Comments

In 1945 Poland a French Red Cross doctor comes to the aid of a group of Polish nuns, many of whom are pregnant after their vows were violated by Russian soldiers.  

This sensitive and emotionally resonant drama centres on Mathilde, a young French Red Cross doctor, who comes to the aid of a group of nuns, many of whom have been impregnated by rampaging Soviet soldiers.

Based on real events, Fontaine explores this fraught situation with great humanity and sensitivity. Mathilde protects the nuns not only from further attacks but also from the convents hierarchy who wish to conceal the scandal at all costs.

The Innocents is an emotionally layered, tender and insightful drama. The complexities of trauma and shame are deftly and sensitively handled through the prism of faith, humanism, compassion and acceptance.

“A potent glimpse of female suffering in the aftermath of war.” ★★★★ – The Guardian

“Not even nuns are spared war horror.”New York Times Critics’ Pick

France, Poland 2016 | Language: French, Polish | 115 minutes | Cert: Club

Director: Anne Fontaine

Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza

photo by Agatha A. Nitecka please always credit the photographer

THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER [UK, FRANCE], THURSDAY 2 FEBRUARY, 8PM

By | archive | No Comments

Witness the birth of a terrifying ego.  Set in post-World War One France, this sinister and utterly gripping story of a privileged, petulant 10-year-old fated to become a fascist dictator exerts a lethal grip.  

France, 1918. A U.S. diplomat (played by Irish actor Liam Cunningham, well known for his role in Game of Thrones) is involved in the drawing up of the Treaty of Versailles while his wife (Bérénice Bejo), repressed and unhappy, is alarmed by their son’s increasingly destructive behaviour.  Divided into three chapters, each dealing with the continuing aggressive and manipulative tantrums of the boy, it is an observation of the creation of tyranny. We know from the outset that something is very, very wrong.

Brady Corbet’s directorial debut feature is a huge, meaty, European drama, a case study in domestic and political crises, in the hypocrisy and cruelty of adults.  Tom Sweets performance as the young aggressor is chilling, menacing and brilliant.

“A riveting, heart-clutching moral ghost-train ride for right now.” ★★★★★ – The Telegraph

“A stunning high-art debut.  Brady Corbet’s ambitious directorial debut features great performances, arresting visuals and a fantastic score by Scott Walker.”  ★★★★ – Irish Times

 

UK, France 2015 | Language: English | 115 minutes | Cert: Club

Director: Brady Corbet    

Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Robert Pattinson, Stacy Martin, Tom Sweet

love-and-friendship-1

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP, THURSDAY 9 FEBRUARY, 8PM

By | archive | No Comments

A flat-out hilarious period drama based on Jane Austen’s comic gem novella.  A seductive widow uses her razor-sharp wit and wiles to win the ultimate prize – the heart of an eligible bachelor.

With razor-sharp wit and a cunning that can’t be underestimated, the beautiful and recently widowed Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) takes up residence with her in-laws in a bid to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy, her sister-in-law’s wealthy and dashing younger brother. Using merciless tactics and resourcefulness, Susan out-manoeuvres all who stand in her way, while also charming and enchanting when required.

Filmed entirely in Ireland and directed by Whit Stillman (Metropolitan), this adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan is a delightful jaunt where manners and social standing are key, and a lady is only as good as her last husband. Love & Friendship is a rarity: an 18th century period drama with an over-arching sense of fun.

“One of the best films of the year.” –  Los Angeles Times

“Flat-out hilarious.  Jane Austen has never been funnier.” – The Telegraph

“A triumph.” – New York Times Critics’ Pick

“Witty and winning. Kate Beckinsale and Whit Stillman do Jane Austen proud.” – The Guardian

Ireland/Netherlands/France 2016| Language: English | 93 minutes | Cert: G

Director: Whit Stillman

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel

 

rsz_julieta_4

JULIETA [SPAIN], THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY, 8PM

By | archive | No Comments

Told in flashback over 30 years of guilt and grief, Pedro Almodóvar’s tender melodrama based on three Alice Munro short stories is the auteur’s finest since his Oscar-winning Volver.  

Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antía. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antía’s father and Julieta’s husband. But at times grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart.  When Antía turns eighteen she abandons her mother, without a word of explanation. Julieta looks for her in every possible way, but all she discovers is how little she knows of her daughter.

The film explores fate, guilt and the unfathomable mystery that leads us to abandon the people we love.

“moving and entrancing” ★★★★★ – The Guardian

“a guilt-soaked pleasure” ★★★★ – The Telegraph

Click here for official website.

Spain, 2016 | Language: Spanish | 99 minutes | Cert: 15A

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, Michelle Jenner

viva-4

VIVA [IRELAND, CUBA],THURSDAY 2 MARCH, 8PM

By | archive | No Comments

Paddy Breathnach’s compassionate drama about a Cuban gay man’s battle of wills with his father is the first Irish film shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Oscar. 

Winner – Best Irish Film, Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016

Viva stars Héctor Medina as Jesus, a shy young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorría) abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.

Featuring boisterous and often heart-breaking drag performance, Paddy Breathnach’s Oscar-shortlisted crowd-pleaser is a tender and compassionate tale of finding one’s true voice.

“Less boy-meets-boy than boy-meets-himself, Paddy Breathnach’s drama – the first Irish film to be shortlisted for best foreign-language Oscar – is a triumph.” ★★★★ – The Irish Times

“A startlingly beautiful movie set in present-day Havana.”Wall Street Journal

Click here for official website.

Ireland, Cuba, 2015 | Language: Spanish | 100 minutes | Cert: 15A

Director: Paddy Breathnach

Cast: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García

rsz_1the_fencer_5

THE FENCER [FINLAND, ESTONIA], THURSDAY 9 MARCH, 8PM

By | archive | No Comments

In 1950s Estonia a champion fencer on the run from the KGB finds meaning by teaching war traumatised children.  A touching drama with universal appeal.  Golden Globe Nominee.

A young man, Endel Nelis, arrives in Estonia in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion – fencing, which causes a conflict with the school’s principal. Envious, the principal starts investigating Endel’s background.

Endel learns to love the children and looks after them; most are orphans as a result of the Russian occupation. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children and Endel becomes a role model. The children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice: risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them.

“An Estonian fencer gets heroic treatment in this well-crafted sports biopic.”Irish Times

“Touché! Swordplay drama is directed with vim.”The Guardian

Click here for official website.

Finland, Estonia, Germany, 2015 | Language: Finnish | 99 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director: Klaus Haro

Cast: Mart Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Hendrik Toompere, Lembit Ulfsak

_MG_1926.CR2

MAGGIE’S PLAN [USA],THURSDAY 16 MARCH, 8PM

By | archive | No Comments

Romantic shenanigans abound in Rebecca Miller’s wry and immensely enjoyable New York romcom with an all-star cast.  “A smart, goofy delight.” – Vanity Fair

In Rebecca Miller’s witty modern romantic comedy Maggie (Greta Gerwig) is a 30-something New Yorker who decides the time has come to have a child on her own.  But when she meets John (Ethan Hawke), a ‘ficto-critical anthropologist,’ Maggie falls in love for the first time and adjusts her plans for motherhood.

Complicating matters, John is in a strained marriage with a scary Danish academic (a hilarious Juliette Moore).  With a Greek chorus of Maggie’s best friends observing wryly from the sidelines, Maggie sets into motion a new plan – and learns that sometimes destiny should be left to its own devices.

Maggie’s Plan is a sweet, sophisticated and funny exploration of the unexpected complexities of modern romance, directed with elegance and dash.

“A terrifically funny metropolitan comedy.” ★★★★ – The Guardian

“A serious screwball comedy.” – New York Times Critics’ Pick

Click here for official website.

USA, 2015 | Language: English | 98 minutes | Cert: 15A

Cast: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph

thumb-image1

THE CLAN [ARGENTINA], THURSDAY 23 MARCH, 8PM

By | archive | No Comments

The astonishing true story of a seemingly normal middle-class family that trafficked in the kidnapping, ransoming and murder of the wealthy.

Argentinian director Pablo Trapero’s audaciously entertaining true-crime saga is reminiscent of Scorsese at his best.  The disappeared — los desaparecidos — are words that carry special resonance in Argentina. Long associated with the crimes of the military junta of the 1970s, the term takes on a different, but no less chilling, in this film.

Based on a true story that rocked Argentina, The Clan tells the almost unbelievable tale of the Puccios, a family who kidnapped wealthy people off the street, held the victims for ransom, and, once paid, killed them.

It is a disturbing, impressive, and beautifully controlled film from a director whose work matures with each new project.

“A slick thriller that brilliantly juxtaposes domestic life and the kidnapping business.” ★★★★ – The Guardian

“A swaggering, black-hearted crime saga worthy of Scorsese.” ★★★★ – The Telegraph

“chilling” ★★★★ – Irish Times

Click here for official website.

Argentina, Spain, 2015 | Language: Spanish | 110 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director: Pablo Trapero

Cast: Guillermo Francella, Peter Lanzani, Lili Popovich, Gaston Cocchiarale, Giselle Motta, Franco Masini, Antonia Bengoechea, Stefania Koessl

Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. David Oyelowo and Oscar (TM) Lupita Nyong'o also starin the film, directed by Mira Nair.

QUEEN OF KATWE [USA], THURSDAY 30 MARCH, 8PM

By | archive | No Comments

If there is anyone out there capable of remaining unmoved by this true-life triumph-of-the-underdog sports story, I don’t think I want to meet that person.The New York Times

If you want to see film stardom look as easy as laughter, watch Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo in Queen of Katwe. The twosome give Mira Nair’s rainbow-toned pick-me-up about a young Ugandan chess prodigy exactly the magnetic charge it needs to stick.
★★★★ – The Telegraph

The vibrant true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.  As a result of the support she receives from her family and community, she is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Academy Award Winner, 2014 Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave

Read the Irish Independent interview with David Oyelowo, the British actor who stars alongside Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o.  He was surprised Disney decided to set his latest film in the slums of Uganda.

“An uplifting and punchy look at the conflicts faced by 14-year-old Phiona.” ★★★★ – The Times (UK)

“A feel good triumph from Disney.” ★★★★ – Irish Times

“Could be the new Slumdog.” ★★★★ – The Guardian

USA, 2016 | Language: English| 124 minutes | Cert: PG

Director: Mira Nair

Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

 

rsz_the_olive_tree_2

THE OLIVE TREE [SPAIN], THURSDAY 6 APRIL, 8PM

By | archive | No Comments


A heartfelt and warm family drama about reconciliation and hope.

20-year-old Alma works on a chicken farm in the austerity-hit Castellon region of Spain. Her grandfather is on hunger strike, and has not spoken since her father sold the family’s ancient olive tree. Alma believes the only way he can be saved is if they find the tree, replanted somewhere in Europe. Persuading her uncle, her workmate and friends to join her, they set off in a ‘borrowed’ truck to track it down. Restoring the tree will restore hope to their family and the region.

“A deceptively simple drama that is rooted in the best cinematic soil there is – emotional truth.” Hollywood Reporter

“A young woman decides to rescue her grandfather’s olive tree, sold to a German company as a green symbol, in Icíar Bollaín’s low-key, heartfelt film.”  The Guardian

“A heartwarming social drama with shades of Ken Loach. Little people take on the corporate beast in this charming film written by longtime Ken Loach collaborator Paul Laverty.” Irish Times

Spain, 2016 | Language: Spanish| 100 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director: Icíar Bollaín

Cast: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs