Friday, December 21, 2018

Spring Season 2019

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

Wednesday 9 January – The Bookshop
Dir: Isabel Coixet, 2017, UK, 113 mins, Cert: PG
Starring: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne
Language: English
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8-4E4XJyKg

Florence Green, a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop -- the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. But this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies: she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers and also crosses Mrs. Gamart, Harborough's vengeful, embittered alpha female who is a wannabe doyenne of the local arts scene.


Wednesday 23 January – The Guilty
Den skyldige

Dir: Gustav Möller, 2018, Denmark, 85 mins, Cert: Club
Starring: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen
Language: Danish
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abaoKA6rn5k

Demoted to deskwork and awaiting a disciplinary hearing, Agent Asger is working the night shift in an emergency call room. When he receives a call from a woman who has been abducted his resolve and arrogance are tested as it becomes a race against time to locate her.  Taking place in real time and in a single location nothing is quite as it seems in this claustrophobic thriller.  Using sound as the primary storytelling tool and with a powerful central performance from Jakob Cedergren, The Guilty is a visceral viewing experience.

Awards:
Winner - World Cinema Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival 2018
Winner – Audience Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
Winner – Youth Jury Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018

Wednesday 6 February – 1945
Dir: Ferenc Török, 2017, Hungary, 91 mins, Cert: Club
Starring: Péter Rudolf, Bence Tasnádi, Tamás Szabó Kimmel, Dóra Sztarenki
Language: Hungarian
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZbhnWBZWy0


When two black clad men arrive at a country railway station, a classic western set up appears to be unfolding. But it’s 1945 in Soviet-occupied Hungary in the immediate aftermath of World War II, and by their appearance the men are Orthodox Jews. As the two men make their way to town and word of their arrival spreads, there’s a growing panic amongst some of the more prominent townsfolk - especially town clerk, István, whose son’s wedding is later that day…

This difficult, transitional time in Hungary is a period rarely dealt with in cinema, and certainly not with as much clarity, economy and nuance as Ferenc Török displays here. A rare subject too, the grave and sobering issue of how the Gentile population of Nazi-occupied countries behaved towards Jewish neighbours, and how they have, or haven’t, variously, come to terms with a life based on guilt and betrayal. With its monochrome splendour and striking soundtrack, morally compromised townspeople and its tick-tock narrative towards an unknown conclusion, we’re reminded of Fred Zinnemann’s taut and masterful High Noon.

“A fresh, intelligent cinematic approach to a difficult topic that takes on a transitional time in Hungarian history with subtlety and nuance.” – Alissa Simon, Variety


Wednesday 20 February – The Children Act
Dir: Richard Eyre, 2017, UK/USA, 105 mins, Cert: 12a
Starring: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead
Language: English
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKQkUcJioxU


"When a court determines any question with respect to the upbringing of a child, the child's welfare shall be the court's paramount consideration.” The Children Act, 1989

Based on the much-loved novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to the big screen by director Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris), THE CHILDREN ACT is a compelling and powerful drama telling the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases. As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) to reach tipping point, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds. With her private life in turmoil, Fiona finds herself drawn into the case, taking the unorthodox step of halting proceedings in order to visit Adam in hospital. As the two form a profound connection and powerful emotions come to light, Fiona’s judgement is put to the test with momentous consequences as she must ultimately decide whether Adam lives or dies.

Wednesday 6 March – C'est La Vie!
Le Sens de la fête

Dir: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano, 2017, France, 117 mins, Cert: Club
Starring: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Eye Haidara
Language: French
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjV8m84FcOs


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: there’s 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?

The latest film from Untouchable directors Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano is a gloriously manic French comedy. It hits the ground running and barely takes a breath as wedding disaster after disaster unfolds. With larger-than-life characters and laugh-out-loud set pieces, C’est La Vie! is a delight.


Wednesday 20 March – The Wife
Dir: Björn Runge, 2017, UK, Sweden, 100 mins, Cert: 15a
Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd
Language: English
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d81IM0loH7o

There’s nothing more dangerous than a writer whose feelings have been hurt.” The speaker is Joan Castleman, the charming, enigmatically discreet and supportive wife of world-famous author and New York literary lion Joe Castleman. It is a fascinating and bravura performance from Glenn Close, in this hugely enjoyable dark comedy from director Björn Runge, adapted by Jane Anderson from the novel by Meg Wolitzer. Perhaps it’s Close’s career-best – unnervingly subtle, unreadably calm, simmering with self-control. Her Joan is a study in marital pain, deceit and the sexual politics of prestige. It’s a portrayal to put alongside Close’s appearances in Dangerous Liaisons and Fatal Attraction.

The Castlemans are on the plane to Sweden, ready for Joe to get the Nobel prize. Yet they are being pestered on the flight by a certain Nathaniel Bone, part stalker-fan, part parasitic hack who wants Joe to cooperate with a warts-and-all biography he is planning to write. Joe gives him the contemptuous brush-off but Joan cautiously advises a more diplomatic treatment. It is a key moment in this hugely enjoyable drama when things begin to fall apart.

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.