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LETO [SUMMER – RUSSIA], THU 14 NOVEMBER, 8PM

By archive, Season 21 films

A snapshot of youthful rebellion in the Russian underground music scene set during one summer in 1980s Leningrad. The provocative director was recently released after 20 months under house arrest.

Director Kirill Serebrennikov charts the rise to fame of the late Soviet rock pioneer Viktor Tsoi (played by Teo Yoo) in Leto [Summer], a freewheeling snapshot of youthful rebellion in the underground scene of 1980s Leningrad. Set to a soundtrack of classics from David Bowie to The Sex Pistols, and filmed in stunning black-and-white, Leto is a rock n’ roll musical like no other.

With Serebrennikov until recently detained under house arrest in Moscow, it is a comment on Russian state censorship of the arts that could not be more timely.

The New York Times on 8 April 2019:  Russia Frees Director After Nearly 20 Months of House Arrest  ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — A renowned Russian director was released on Monday by a court in Moscow after nearly 20 months of house arrest, in a financial fraud case that is widely seen by Russia’s intelligentsia as a test for artistic freedom…Kirill Serebrennikov, one of Russia’s leading stage and film directors, had been imprisoned in his apartment since August, 2017, after Russian investigators accused him of conspiring with three of his colleagues to embezzle 133 million rubles, or around $2 million, of government funds allocated to a theater festival…For many in Russia’s arts community, the charges were politically motivated and meant to punish Mr. Serebrennikov for his provocative work. The director is known for taboo-breaking productions that sit awkwardly with the traditional family values Russia’s government promotes, and which often make thinly veiled criticisms of life under President Vladimir V. Putin…Supporters saw the case against him as an attack on freedom of expression that signaled Mr. Putin’s determination to bring the arts to heel. – Click here to read the entire New York Times article.

A look back at Leningrad’s underground garage-rock scene is one gorgeous, grungy, achingly sad memory piece…The fact that Serebrennikov has made such an intoxicating, invigorating movie about freedom percolating under a past toxic regime while having his own rights trampled upon in the present makes the look back that much more ironic. But it doesn’t dilute the joy of experiencing it, one three-chords-and-the-truth number at a time.Rolling Stone ★★★★

A vibrant portrait of Leningrad’s underground ’80s rock scene… lovely, wistful, sometimes confusing and often captivating memory piece.The Los Angeles Times

Russia, 2018 | Language: Russian, English | 126 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director: Kirill Serebrennikov

Cast: Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Roman Bilyk

BIRDS OF PASSAGE [PÁJAROS DE VERANO – COLOMBIA], THU 21 NOVEMBER, 8PM

By archive, Season 21 films

An epic drama about marijuana trafficking in Colombia that digs deep into the culture of the indigenous people involved. Critics call it ‘a masterpiece…absolutely extraordinary…a genuine knock-out’.

From the creators of the Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent, Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s astounding Birds of Passage is an epic, visually exquisite story about the origin of the Colombian drug trade, told through the perspective of a proud indigenous family.  It is the first Colombian film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Guajira, Northern Colombia, 1970s. Wayuu tribe-member Zaida has come of age, leaving formidable matriarch Ursula with the important task of finding a suitable match. Her instincts warn her against young Rapayet, an ambitious man with strong links outside of the clan, but the word of a respected uncle carries weight, so she succeeds, setting an outrageous dowry. The seed sown, Rapayet stumbles onto a plan with two flamboyant friends to sell marijuana to a visiting American. It is the beginning of a profitable new enterprise.

As the family rises to prominence, Ursula becomes increasingly complicit in her son-in-law’s business dealings, insisting traditional honour codes are respected and observed. But the trappings of wealth and power soon incite a war that threatens to tear them and their ancient traditions apart.

Once in the bluest of moons, we encounter a freshly minted classic that feels as if it has been around forever…An epic work of folk, gangster and other-worldly cinema.The Irish Times ★★★★★

Startling and intriguing, it grafts quasi-ethnographic docudrama on to drug lord turf war epic. This is film-making that pushes the limits of storytelling and generic templates, and it’s brimming with images and ideas. – The Guardian ★★★★

An extraordinary, visually stunning crime drama.The Independent ★★★★★

Colombia, 2018 | Language: Spanish | 125 minutes | Cert: 15A

Directors:  Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra

Cast:  Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narváez, Greider Meza, José Vicente Cote

BALLOON [GERMANY], THU 28 NOVEMBER, 8PM

By archive, Season 21 films

Based on true events in East Germany, 1979. Two families resolve to build a homemade hot air balloon to escape the oppressive Cold War regime and carry them to freedom.  A nerve-racking battle against the clock begins.

Electrician Peter and his bricklayer friend Günther can no longer bear the oppressive Cold War regime under which they live and want to provide a better future for their families. The two men and their wives come up with a daring plan:  They resolve to secretly build from scratch a homemade hot-air balloon which will carry them and their families over the border to freedom.

They need favourable weather conditions to ensure that the balloon can transport them safely. But the Stasi has learned of a possible escape attempt and start to close in. The families may not be able to wait any longer to pull off their dangerous plan.  A nerve-racking battle against the clock begins.

Based on true events, Michael Herbig’s thrilling drama recreates this incredible story.

Germany, 2018 | Language: German | 125 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director: Michael Herbig

Cast: Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, Alicia von Rittberg, David Kross

THE SHINY SHRIMPS [LES CREVETTES PAILLETÉES – FRANCE], THU 5 DECEMBER, 8PM

By archive, Season 21 films

When an Olympic swim champion uses a homophobic slur on TV, his career is put on hold. To make amends he must coach an amateur gay water-polo team. Dealing with themes of acceptance and understanding, this feel-good film is bursting with joy.

Matthias thinks he can somehow get out of serving his punishment but while training the team, he begins to warm to the motley crew. As they prepare to compete at the Gay Games in Croatia, The Shrimps teach Matthias the joy of team sports and he ignites the fire of ambition and a desire to win in each of them.

The Shrimps are a real-life LGBT water-polo team from Paris, and their adventures as seen in the film are a blend of fact, fantasy and flamboyance – think ‘Dodgeball’ meets ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’.Sky Sports

France, 2019 | Language: French | 100 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Directors: Maxime Govare, Cédric Le Gallo

Cast: Nicolas Gob, Alban Lenoir, Geoffrey Couët, Michael Abiteboul

A short Irish film, Rosemary [13 minutes], will be shown before the feature.

JUST TO BE SURE [OTEZ-MOI D’UN DOUTE – FRANCE], THU 31 JANUARY 8PM

By archive, Season 20 Films

The breakout French hit of the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, where it premiered to multiple, raucous standing ovations, writer/director Carine Tardieu’s charming romantic comedy is a winning tale of parenthood, love and family, both lost and found.

When lonely 45-year-old widower Erwan discovers by accident that that man who raised him isn’t his real father, he begins a search for his biological one. Thanks to a local private detective he soon locates the mischievous, 70-something Joseph, whom it seems his mother may have known briefly. Erwan soon falls not only for his charm, but that of the impetuous Anna, who has ties to them both. But the conflicting loyalties become compounded by the pregnancy of his own daughter who defiantly refuses to name the father.  Soon Erwan’s families begin to collide, to unexpected, hilarious and moving effect.

Offering a terrific showcase for her brilliant cast, director Carine Tardieu skillfully weaves a wholly-entertaining exploration of love, coincidence and human connection. Few films manage to pluck both the heartstrings and the funny bone.  It’s a delight.

Light-hearted, sharp and funny, the kind of French comedy that doesn’t come around so often nowadays. – The Hollywood Reporter

The comedy favourite of Cannes. Invigorating and intelligent. -Le Parisien  ★★★★★

Beautiful, touching and hilarious. This film will move you. – Elle Magazine ★★★★

France, 2017 | Language: France | 100 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director:  Carine Tardieu

Cast:  Francois Damiens, Cecile De France, Guy Marchand, Andre Wilms, Alice de Lencquesaing

Presented with the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français.

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS [USA – Documentary] – THU 7 FEBRUARY, 8PM

By archive, Season 20 Films

This sold out two screenings at the Cork Film Festival.  Our Cine Club committee gave it 5 stars, and want to give members who missed it a chance to see this incredible documentary.

Three strangers  – Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman – were reunited at age 19 in 1980s New York by an astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families.

Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly became a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity. However, it set in motion a series of events that revealed a sinister secret behind their miraculous reunion. Tim Wardle’s gripping documentary emerges as one of the year’s best thrillers, an exceptional work of investigative non-fiction that leaves audiences rubbing their eyes in disbelief.

Winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award, it is an exuberant celebration of family that transforms into a thriller with colossal implications and proof that life is truly stranger than fiction.

Effortlessly segues from feelgood to tragedy to full-blown conspiracy…a sure-fire Oscar contender. The Irish Times ★★★★

As gripping as a first-contact sci-fi. – The Guardian ★★★★

This fine documentary is the stuff of fraught, memorable drama.The New York Times

USA, 2018 |Language:  English | 96 minutes | Cert: 12A

Director:  Tim Wardle

 

 

C’EST LA VIE! [FRANCE], THU 14 FEBRUARY, 8PM

By archive, Season 20 Films

A relentlessly hilarious comedy about a wedding planner, it hits the ground running and barely takes a breath as wedding disaster after disaster unfold. Larger-than-life characters and laugh-out-loud set pieces make it a delight.

Max is a veteran wedding planner who is thinking about selling on his business. For now, however, there’s something more pressing to worry about: organising a lavish wedding in a 17th century chateau. It’s no small task, with dozens of people to manage, unreliable electricity, a last-minute musician change, and an increasingly demanding groom. Soon, things start going very wrong indeed. Can Max and his team sort everything out without the guests noticing?

Few films this year will provide as much sheer joy as this bubbly, charming and relentlessly hilarious jog around an arena we’re all familiar with. The ensemble cast has great fun with a dotty assortment of characters, every one of which is put to delightful use.Irish Independent ★★★★

A cluttered comedy that works like a charm.The Irish Times★★★

France, 2017 |Language: French | 117 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Directors:  Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano  

Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Eye Haidara

 

COLD WAR [ZIMNA WOJNA – POLAND] – THU 28 FEBRUARY, 8PM

By archive, Season 20 Films

We’ve had massive audiences this season and have had to turn people away.

Anticipating huge interest in the two upcoming films that have been nominated for

the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film [among other awards]

and to avoid further disappointment, we have added screenings for these films:

Cold War [Zimna Wojna – Poland], Thursday 28 February at 6pm and 8pm.

Box office opens for first screening at 5:30pm.

A chilling Soviet-era drama of wounded love and state sponsored fear in 1950s Poland from the director of Ida, which won the 2015 Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Best Director prize winner at Cannes.

Without any hyperbole, it is one of the films of the year, and possibly of the last decade.Irish Independent   ★★★★

Paweł Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning Ida with the stunning Cold War, an epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II. Sumptuously shot in luminous black and white, it spans decades and nations to tell a love story that is as tragic as it is moving, and as transportive as it is honest.

In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor and Zula fall deeply, obsessively and destructively in love. As performing musicians forced to play into the Soviet propaganda machine, they dream of escaping to the creative freedom of the West. But one day, as they spot their chance to make a break for Paris, both make a split decision that will mark their lives forever. As the years march on in the wake of that moment, Wiktor and Zula watch the world changing around them, always struggling to find their moment in time.

Pawlikowski melds the personal with the political to exquisite effect. Set to a soundtrack that takes you from the rustic folk songs of rural Poland to the sultry jazz of a Paris basement bar, it’s a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent – and a heartbreaking portrait of ill-fated love.

Irish Times – One of the Best Films of 2018. ★★★★

Ida director Pawel Pawlikowski’s exquisitely chilling Soviet-era drama maps the dark heart of Poland itself.The Guardian ★★★★

Poland, 2018 |Language: Polish | 88 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Cast:  Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Cedric Kahn

 

SHOPLIFTERS [JAPAN], THU 7 MARCH, 8PM

By archive, Season 20 Films

We’ve had massive audiences this season and have had to turn people away.

Anticipating huge interest in the two upcoming films that have been nominated for

the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film [among other awards]

and to avoid further disappointment, we have added screenings for these films:

Shoplifters [Japan], Thursday 7 March at 5:45pm and 8pm.

Box office for first screening opens at 5:15pm.

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018.  A drama of rare complexity and quality about the forces holding a struggling family together, it reveals a Japan rarely seen. 

A masterpieceThe Irish Times ★★★★★

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love—not blood—that defines a family.

A film by Kore-Eda Hirokazu, the director of Still Walking, Like Father, Like Son and Nobody Knows.

A film of rare depth and quality that explores the meaning of family, and suggests that real parenthood is not given, but earned.The Guardian ★★★★

Kore-eda’s great subject is the contemporary family, a topic that gives him an immensity of themes, including loss, love, class, alienation in the modern world…a perfect story about being human.The New York Times

Japan, 2017 | Language:  Japanese | 121 minutes | Cert: 15A

Director:  Hirokazu Koreeda

Cast:  Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Moemi Katayama

 

WAJIB [PALESTINE], THU 14 MARCH, 8PM

By archive, Season 20 Films

An estranged father-son relationship set in the vibrant city of Nazareth makes for an immensely entertaining comedy-drama that interweaves simmering tension with moments of terrific humour.

Shadi returns from Italy to his native Nazareth for his sister’s upcoming marriage. He has reluctantly agreed to honour his “wajib” or duty, to accompany his father in hand-delivering invitations for the wedding. Forced to spend time together after many years apart, past tensions and differences between father and son come to the surface. But as their journey continues, both men also begin to understand each other better.

Acting together for the first time, real-life father and son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri infuse their characters with warmth and humour. The result is a poignant yet entertaining drama.

A sprightly, accessible comedy-drama by established Palestinian writer-director Annemarie JaciThe Guardian ★★★★

Sensitive and imaginative…a fine testimony to the director’s powers.The New York Times

Palestine, 2017 | Language: Arabic | 96 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director:  Annemarie Jacir

Cast:  Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Maria Zreik, Rana Alamuddin