Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Autumn Season 2018

All films start at 8.30 pm in the Skerries Sailing Club.
Tickets / membership at the door.

Wednesday 26 September – Under the Tree
Dir: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, 2017, France/Iceland, 89 mins, Cert: Club
Starring: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJghTR5y9U0


The shade from a front-yard tree brings the already simmering tensions between two families in an Icelandic suburb to boiling point. Pitch black in its humour, Under the Tree is a dark and wry drama.

Grieving Inga and put-upon husband Baldvin are the proud owners of the area's only tree. Next door, amateur marksman Konrad lives with his new, much younger wife, the athletic Eybjorg — whose mere appearance incites torrents of expletives from Inga. Eybjorg is infuriated by the way the overhanging branches of Inga's beloved tree block the sunshine.  Absurdly hilarious and psychologically astute, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, expertly draws out the repressed anger and grief of his characters. An excellent cast perfectly tread the line between comedy and drama.

Awards/Nomination:

Winner - Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards 2018 – Winner DFCC Best Cinematography Monika Lenczewska (director of photography)
Nominated - Venice Film Festival 2017 - Venice Horizons Award - Best Film - Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Press:
Good fences make very bad neighbors in Icelandic writer-director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson's black-frost comedy of suburban mores. – Guy Lodge, Variety

Everyday black humor seesaws with drama - Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter



Wednesday 10 October – Let the Sunshine In
Un Beau Soleil Intérieur

Dir: Claire Denis, 2017, France, 94 minutes, Cert: Club
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine, Josiane Balasko, Sandrine Dumas, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Gérard Depardieu
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps_Sau7xqQY


Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is a divorced artist living in Paris. She has several potential lovers and suitors who compete for her attention, or in some cases display complete indifference despite Isabelle’s own obvious interest…

Director Claire Denis (Beau Travail, White Material) is best known for her often dark and challenging dramas - so it may come as a surprise to see her tackling what is, in essence, a romantic comedy. What won’t come as a surprise, however, is that she has crafted an accomplished, artful and thoughtful twist on that much-maligned genre.

Inspired by Roland Barthes's 1977 text A Lover's Discourse, Let The Sunshine In also boasts one of Juliette Binoche’s most captivating performances of recent years.

Winner - SACD Award, Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2017

Press:
★★★★ “... a sophisticated delight.” – The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2017

“… an exquisite romantic comedy whose laughs are sad and whose sadness is funny.” – Slant Magazine, Cannes Film Festival 2017

“…an acutely intelligent, finely acted and – despite its cerebral edge - emotionally rich piece.” – Screen International


Wednesday 24 October – The Divine Order
Die Göttliche Ordnung

Dir: Petra Volpe, 2017, Switzerland, 96 minutes, Cert: Club
Starring: Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischeck, Marta Zoffoli, Nicholas Ofczarek, Sofia Helin
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMArK-cowTs

1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village in Switzerland with her husband and their two sons. The rural area is untouched by the major social upheavals the revolutionary movement of 1968 has brought about elsewhere. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody – until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot. Despite obstacles and backlash Nora becomes a hero as she overthrows the status quo.

Switzerland was one of the last countries in the world to introduce female suffrage. And it is only since 1971 that women have had the right to vote.

Winner - Audience Award, Tribeca Film Festival 2017

Press:

“… a heartfelt and captivating film about regular people demanding their right to an equal voice.” – Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director, Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2018

“… a mainstream crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure.” – Variety, Tribeca Film Festival 2017


Wednesday 7 November – The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society
Director: Mike Newell, 2018, UK/USA, 124 minutes, 12A
Starring: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Penelope Wilton
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTDNGv61-Dk

London, 1946. Free-spirited author Juliet Ashton is invited to travel to the Channel Island of Guernsey to carry out research for a new book. Whilst there she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a mysterious literary group formed during the Nazi occupation.

Based on the beloved historical novel of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, directed by Mike Newell (Into the West, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and featuring a charming ensemble cast, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society weaves a romantic story of love, courage and loyalty where the power of books can bring people together and provide refuge in their darkest times.

Press:
★★★★ ”… every location in this irresistible romantic mystery is like a little mini-break for the soul, every costume and piece of set-dressing nibble-ably gorgeous, and every character a pleasure to keep company with…” – The Telegraph

"Winningly warm and smiley …” – Shadows on the Wall



Wednesday 21 November – The Happy Prince
Dir: Rupert Everett, 2018, Germany/Belgium/Italy, 105 minutes, 15A
Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Edwin Thomas
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HmN9r1Fcr8

Free from prison after two years of hard labour in Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett) is forced to live in exile in Europe. He yearns to reunite with his children, but ill-health and a misguided reconciliation with his beloved Bosie propel him towards a disasterous and ultimately fatal existence.

Supported by loyal friends Reggie Turner (Colin Firth) and Robbie Ross (Edwin Thomas), who try to protect him from his own excesses, Wilde courageously lives out his last years by falling back on the creativity, charm and brilliant wit that defined him.

Actor Everett writes, directs and stars in the untold story of Wilde’s tragic last days. The Happy Prince is a poignant, dignified and personal tribute to his hero.

Press:
★★★★★ “... a fearless, committed, and award-worthy turn, and emblematic of a first-time film-maker at his most expressive and most affecting..” – The Times


★★★★ "... a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage.” – The Guardian


Wednesday 5 December – Leave no Trace
Dir:  Debra Granik, 2018, USA, 109 mins, PG
Cast:   Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_07ktacEGo8


A self-contained father and daughter, live happily on the fringes of society.
Will, a war veteran, suffering from PTSD, and his teenage daughter Tom, live in a vast urban park in Portland. Will is vigilant about their camp, their rations and the regular drills they have to remain undercover. Only leaving the park to collect certain supplies, their bond is apparent and unyielding.  Until the authorities discover them and social services intervene.  Offering help, imposing compliance and conformity, they are given a new home, and a job and school are arranged. Will quietly prepares for them to disappear again but Tom is beginning to enjoy this world….
Sensitive and enthralling with intense and touching performances from McKenzie and Foster.

Press:
‘Debra Granik’s follow-up to Winter’s Bone is delicate family drama at heart’ -Tara Brady, The Irish Times

‘a film that never overwhelms but it lingers, leaving its mark on the viewer.’ -Tim Grierson, ScreenDaily

‘A father and his 13 year-old daughter are living in a paradisiacal existence in a vast urban park in Portland Oregon when a small mistake derails their lives forever ... Captivating’ -David Edelstein, Vulture

Monday, January 8, 2018

Spring Season 2018

All films start at 8.30 pm in the Skerries Sailing Club.
Tickets / membership at the door.

Wednesday 10 January – Lost in Paris
Paris pieds nus
Dir: Fiona Gordon / Dominique Abel, 2016, French/English, 83mins, Cert: CLUB 
Starring: Fiona Gordon, Dominque Abel, Emmanuelle Riva, Pierre Richard, Fred Meert
Language: French / English

Prepare to accompany one kooky Canadian as she embarks on a whimsical trip through France’s great city in this charming and entirely unique comedy which stars the two long-time Brussels-based theatre actor-directors (and real life couple) Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel.

Fiona’s (Gordon) orderly and precise life in Canada is thrown into chaos when she receives a letter of distress from her 93-year-old Aunt Martha (Academy Award-nominee Emmanuelle Riva, Amour, 2012) who is living in Paris. Immediately jumping to action, Fiona arrives in the city of lights only to discover that Martha has disappeared. So begins a hysterical search crammed with one spectacular disaster after another as Fiona desperately scours the city with her oversized red backpack, all the while tailed by an infatuated Dom (Abel), an affable, but annoying tramp who won’t leave her alone.

Brimming with brilliantly timed pranks, amazing tricks and intricately choreographed slapstick in the vein of Charlie Chaplin and Jacques Tati, Lost in Paris will have you leaving the cinema with a gleeful skip in your step and a renewed zest for life

Wednesday 24 January – 
The Florida Project
Dir: Sean Baker, 2017, USA, 115 mins, Cert: 15A, English 
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Brooklyn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto 

Six-year-old Moonie (Brooklynn Prince) lives with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a Florida motel. Along with her friends, Moonie spends the summer exploring the urban wilderness and getting into every sort of mischief. Halley, meanwhile, desperately tries to make ends meet. Kind but stern manager Bobby (Willem Dafoe) tries to keep his patience as rent goes unpaid and the hyperactive kids run wild.

In his follow-up to the acclaimed Tangerine, director Sean Baker cements his reputation as one of the great chroniclers of forgotten America. The Florida Project is a deeply sympathetic portrait of one small, neglected community. It’s the wildly energetic kids who really allow this remarkable film to soar, however - few films about childhood have ever felt this authentic.

Wednesday 7 February – 
Goldstone
Director: Ivan Sen, 2016, Australia, 110 minutes, Australia, Cert: CLUB
Starring: Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, Pei Pei Cheng, David Gulpilil, David Wenham, Jacki Weaver

Rugged, Indigenous Australian detective Jay Swan is arrested for drunk-driving by rookie local policeman Josh on the desolate road into the mining town of Goldstone. Jay is investigating the disappearance of a Chinese migrant worker, and while Josh is initially reluctant to help on the case, when it becomes apparent that something more sinister is happening in the area, the two men must overcome their differences and work together. 

Australian director Ivan Sen’s follow-up to 2013’s Mystery Road is a complex, stylish and tense western that explores Australia’s history, whilst dealing with key contemporary issues. Like its predecessor, Goldstone is intelligent and thought-provoking cinema.

Winner - Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography,Australian Film Critics Awards 2017

Wednesday 21 February – 
The Party
Dir: Sally Potter, 2017, UK, 71mins, Cert: CLUB
Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer. Cillian Murphy, Kirsten Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall 
Language: English
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-FuSuWienM

Janet has just been appointed minister in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. The guests arrive at their home in London but the party takes an unexpected turn for the worse when Bill suddenly makes two explosive revelations that shock Janet and everyone present to the core. Love, friendships, political convictions and a whole way of life are now called into question. Underneath their cultivated liberal left-wing surface people are seething. Their dispute leads to the big guns being brought out – even in a literal sense.

For her eighth theatrical feature British director and screenwriter Sally Potter, who last took part in the Berlinale Competition with Rage in 2009, has invited a stellar cast to join her party. Beginning as a subtly witty comedy replete with sharp-tongued dialogue, the film later veers off into tragedy. When life can no longer be controlled by reason, people will fight tooth and nail to protect their seemingly stable existence. 

Wednesday 7 March – 
The Death of Stalin
Dir:Armando Iannucci, 2018, France/UK, 106 mins, Cert: 15A
Starring: Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine, Michael Palin
Language: English 

It’s 1953, and Joseph Stalin rules over the Soviet Union with an iron fist...until one morning he’s discovered unconscious. With the dictator at death’s door, his deputies including Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale) and Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor) beginjostling for power. Meanwhile, they find themselves dealing with Stalin’s demanding son & daughter, planning a grand funeral, and keeping the country in order...

In his return to the big screen, Armando Iannucci - creator of Veepand The Thick of It - brilliantly blends farce and drama in this hilarious yet probing historical satire. Loaded with inspired comic moments and thrilling political chaos, The Death of Stalin also proves a provocative portrait of a society under a cruel regime.

Wednesday 21 March – 
Back to Burgundy
Ce qui nous lie
Dir: Cedric Klapisch, 2017, France, 113 mins, Cert: Club
Language: French
Starring: Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil

Jean left his family and his native Burgandy ten years ago to tour the world. When learning of his father's imminent death, he returns to his childhood home. There he reconnects with his sister Juliette and his brother Jérémie. Their father dies just before the beginning of grape picking time. Over the period of a year, according to the rhythm of the seasons that follow one after the other, these three young adults will rediscover or reinvent their fraternal relationship, blossoming and maturing at the same time as the wine they make.