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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
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.
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
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
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
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
★★★★ “... 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
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
“… 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
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.
★★★★ ”… 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
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.
★★★★★ “... 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
Dir: Debra Granik, 2018, USA, 109 mins, PG
Cast: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard
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.
‘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