Monday 30 July 2018 at 7.30 pm

 

LOVING VINCENT (12A)

 

 

UK/Poland 2017.  94 minutes.  In English with hard of hearing subtitles.

Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.  With the voices of Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd and Helen McCrory.

The life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh as recounted in his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them.  This feature length animated film was originally shot using real actors in places or on sets created to resemble the artist’s works, then painted over, frame by frame, using a team of over 100 painters.  The film has been popular with audiences, a prize-winner at many festivals and was nominated for both BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. 

‘The animation is a mercurial wonder; a snaking, vibrant vision in the golds, ochres and cornflower blues that sing of the artist's most famous work.’  

Wendy Ide in the Observer.

 

 

 

 

Monday 24 September at 2018 at 7.30 pm

 

A FANTASTIC WOMAN (15)

 

 

Chile/Germany/Spain/US 2017.  100 minutes.  In Spanish with English subtitles.  

Directed by Sebastian Lelio.  Starring Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes and Luis Gnecco.

Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, Chilean director Sebastian Lelio follows up his 2013 hit GLORIA with this luminous and life-affirming gem about a young transgender woman struggling to deal with her own grief and the prejudice she suffers after the death of her lover.  Described in the Evening Standard as ‘as good as Almodovar at his best’, A FANTASTIC WOMAN’s greatest strength is its leading actress, trans singer Daniela Vega, who delivers a performance of spellbinding intensity.   

‘Inspiring’ Irish Times.  ‘Sublime’ The Guardian.  

 

 

 

Monday 29 October at 2018 at 7.30 pm 

 

I GOT LIFE (15)

 
 

France 2017.  89 minutes.  In French with English subtitles.

Directed by Blandine Lenoir.  Starring Agnès Jaoui, Thibault de Montalembert and Pascale Arbillot.

An upbeat French comedy about a waitress who is determined not to be sidelined when she reaches fifty.  Newly single and soon to be a grandmother, Aurore is dreading old age.  After running into an old flame, her zest for life and love returns.  There is much pleasure to be had in this warm and open-hearted depiction of a woman on the verge, in a film that is as much about motherhood and friendship as romance.  

‘I GOT LIFE is a delightful little gem of a movie and Jaoui plays a stormer, equal parts vulnerability and chutzpah.’  Harry Guerin in RTÉ.

 

 

 

Monday 26 November at 2018 at 7.30 pm

 

HOTEL SALVATION (PG)

 

India 2016.  102 minutes.  In Hindi with English subtitles.

Starring Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl and Gheetanjali Kulkarni. 

A humorous and life-affirming Indian drama set on the banks of the Ganges. When a bad dream convinces seventy something Daya that he is about to die, Rajiv, his accountant son reluctantly agrees to set aside his responsibilities at home, and accompany his father to the holy city of Varanasi.  HOTEL SALVATION is a heart-warming portrait of family life and unafraid of the serious themes which it approaches with warmth and celebration.  

‘HOTEL SALVATION is so good that viewer alarm sets in early.  The film has feeling, warmth, wisdom and locations gorgeous with history; so how long before a Western remake?’  

Nigel Andrews in the Financial Times.