Culture Cinema & Afternoon at the Movies
Spring / Summer 2017 Culture Cinema Programme
Culture Cinema returns in February 2017. Cinema night takes place on the last Thursday of every month
re-commencing on the 23rd February and will run until July 2017. All screenings at 8pm. Admission €5 each. (In association with Access Cinema, Dublin). Please click here
for information on our new programme of Photography Film Nights.
Viva Thursday 23rd February
Director: Paddy Breathnach / 100 minutes, Ireland/Cuba, 2015, Cert: 15A
Jesus, a struggling hairdresser, develops a talent for drag performance. When his estranged father returns and forbids Jesus to perform, a battle of wills follows as the two men learn to respect each other for the first time. Paddy Breathnach’s Oscar-shortlisted crowd-pleaser about a young gay man’s reconciliation with his father is a compassionate tale of finding one’s true voice.
The Innocents Thursday 30th March
Director: Anne Fontaine / 115 minutes, French/Polish/Russian, 2016, Cert: Club
In 1945’s Poland, Mathilde, a young French Red Cross doctor comes to the aid of a group of Polish nuns, many of whom are in the advance state of pregnancy, after their vows were violated by Russian soldiers. Anne Fontaine’s assured and sensitive drama is based on real events, and is an emotional layered, tender and insightful drama about faith and trauma.
I Daniel Blake Thursday 27th April
Director: Ken Loach / 100 minutes, UK/France/Belgium, 2016, 15A
Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 for this timely drama about an out-of-work Newcastle carpenter’s battle to survive after being denied his government health benefits. Working with long-time collaborator screenwriter Paul Laverty, Loach delivers a powerful work that is intensely moving, darkly humourous and deeply heartbreaking.
The Olive Tree Thursday 25th May
Director: Icíar Bollaín / 100 minutes, Spanish/German/English/French 2016, Cert: Club
Delightful, passionate and heartfelt, The Olive Tree is a heart-warming tale of redemption and hope. Impulsive Lena’s sets out on a journey to recover her Grandfathers ancestral Olive Tree, which is encased within the soulless headquarters of a German multinational. Icíar Bollaín has crafted a warm tale about a family for whom to reconcile means to rediscovering their roots.
‘This film The Olive Tree contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.’
Paterson Thursday 29th June
Director: Jim Jarmusch / 118 minutes, USA, 2016, 15A
The charming new film from independent American director Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive, Broken Flowers) observes a week in the life of working-class bus driver Paterson (Adam Driver), as he tries to connect his everyday routines and relationships with the creativity he shows in the poetry that he writes.
Queen of Katwe Thursday 27th July
Director: Mira Nair / 124 mins, USA, 2016 Cert: PG
Queen of Katwe is the vibrant true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda, Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga), whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess by Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary. As a result of the support she receives from her mother Harriet (Nyong’o), family and community, Phiona is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
Afternoon at the Movies
In addition to our regular culture cinema screenings (in association with Access Cinema) we also offer screenings in the afternoon, on the first Wednesday of every month at 2pm and will run up until July 2017.
Date for Mad Mary, A Wednesday 1st March
Dir: Darren Thornton 2016 Ireland 82 mins Cert: 15A
Starring: Seana Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey
‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison – for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is to be her maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. ‘A date for Mad Mary’ is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.
Love and Friendship Wednesday 5th April
Director: Whit Stillman / 93 mins, Ireland/Netherlands/France, 2016, G
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
Based on the epistolary Jane Austen novella Lady Susan, Love & Friendship follows the manipulative and seductive widow, played exquisitely here by Kate Beckinsale. Using her wit, deception, wiles and cunning, Susan attempts to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy, all in an attempt to secure her financial future. A thoroughly delightful period drama!
The Young Offenders Wednesday 3rd May
Dir: Peter Foott Ireland 2016 84mins Cert: 15A
Starring: Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary Rose, Ciaran Bermingham, Pascal Scott
Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie about best friends Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork who dress the same, act the same, and even have the same bum-fluff moustaches.
Jock is a legendary bike thief who plays a daily game of cat-and-mouse with the bike-theft-obsessed Garda Sergeant Healy. When a drug-trafficking boat capsizes off the coast of West Cork and 61 bales of cocaine, each worth €7m, are seized, word gets out that there is a bale missing. The boys steal two bikes and go on a road trip hoping to find the missing bale which they can sell so as to escape their troubled home lives…. But Sergeant Healy is in hot pursuit. The Galway Film Fleadh program
The Fencer Wednesday 7th June
Director: Klaus Haro / Cast: Mart Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Hendrik Toompere, Lembit Ulfsak
99 mins, Finland, Estonia, Germany, 2015, CLUB
This touching tale of redemption tells the true story of champion fencer Endel Nelis, who while on the run from the soviet police took up a teaching position in a remote Estonian school. While there he becomes a father figure for the traumatised students, mostly war orphans, teaching them fencing as a way to overcome their loss and his own.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Wednesday 5th July
Dir: Taika Waititi New Zealand 2016 163 mins Cert: 16
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House
A big-hearted picture full of small, understated moments of magic, the New Zealand-based comedy-drama Hunt for the Wilderpeople is an off-kilter charmer. Directed by Taika Waititi (co-director of the uproarious vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows), this downplays the broad laughs of its predecessor, instead focusing on the emotional thrust of a mismatched buddy movie.
Not that any of the central characters would admit to anything as fluffy as an emotional journey. Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a troubled orphan, raised on hip-hop and rejection. Placed with the latest in a series of foster families, this time on a farm far away from the city where he styles himself a gangster, Ricky is reluctant. But his foster aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) breaks down his defences with down-to-earth love and affectionate mockery. However, when a tragedy threatens to steal back the life that Ricky has come to love, the boy finds himself on the run in the bush with Bella’s grizzled husband Hec (Sam Neill) and a dog called Tupac. Gradually, the two rejected loners who only had Bella in common find a kinship, united against the authorities that hunt them down.
Waititi has a weakness for sweeping helicopter shots that take in what Ricky describes as the “majestical” New Zealand countryside. More effective are the 360-degree pans, which are a neat alternative to the standard passing-of-time montage sequence. But the film’s main asset is an unaffected naturalism, both in the film-making, and in the unpolished characters that we root for.
-Wendy Ide, The Guardian
Winner, Audience Award Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016
Winner, Best International Feature Galway Film Fleadh 2016
All listings/titles subject to change/licence.