Monday, August 28, 2017

Autumn Season 2017

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

Wednesday 27 September – A Man Called Ove
En man som heter Ove
Dir: Hannes Holm, 2016, Sweden/Norway 116 mins, Cert: 15A
Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll
Language: Swedish
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mls2rlu1w_g

Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is a retiree struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife - a struggle that he angrily takes out on his neighbours by strictly enforcing the estate rules. Ove’s world is unexpectedly turned upside down when a young family move in next door. Despite his initial resistance, Ove slowly forms a bond with his new neighbours and discovers a whole new side of life...

Based on a novel and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Oscars, this Swedish hit is a bittersweet but charming tale of one man rediscovering himself after a devastating tragedy. Darkly comic but sensitively told, this is a true crowd-pleaser held together by a remarkable lead performance.

Quotes:
A strong contender for feel-good film of the year” - David Hughes, Empire Magazine
A touching comic crowd-pleaser that may call for a tissue or two by the end” - Alissa Simon, Variety

Awards / Nominations:
Best Actor, Audience Award - Guldbagge Awards (annual Swedish film industry awards)
Audience Award - Cabourg Film Festival
Nominated - 2017 Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film


Wednesday 11 October – Heal the Living
Dir: Katell Quillévéré, 2016, France, Belgium, 103 mins, Cert: CLUB
Language: French
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A2DNDsq1AQ

It all starts at daybreak with three young surfers on the raging seas. A few hours later, on the way home, an accident occurs. Now entirely hooked up to life-support in a hospital in Le Havre, Simon’s existence is little more than an illusion. Meanwhile, in Paris, a woman awaits the organ transplant that will give her a new lease on life.
Katell Quillévéré's remarkable ensemble drama is adapted from an acclaimed novel by Maylis de Kerangal.


Wednesday 25 October – Tanna
Dir: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, 2015, Australia, Vanuatu, 104 mins, Cert: CLUB
Starring: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit, Chief Charlie Kahla, Albi Nangia, Lingai Kowia
Language: Nauvhal
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnR8pUoPJZU

Tomboy Selin lives in Yakel, a village on the volcanic island of Tanna in the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu. Selin’s older sister Wawa has fallen in love with the village chief’s grandson, Dain, but when hostilities break out with a neighbouring rival tribe, Wawa’s hand in marriage is offered as part of the peace negotiations. Faced with separation the lovers flee the village….

Based on true events that took place in 1987, and featuring an impressive cast of non-professionals drawn from the communities whose history is being represented on screen, Tanna is a visually stunning and captivating tale of forbidden love set amongst the Yakel people, and the first feature film shot completely on Vanuatu.

Quotes:
With its magnetic cast and Venice award-winning cinematography, this film treads the familiar theme of star-crossed lovers with shimmering vitality.” – The Guardian

…a stirring tribute to the power of love…” - Variety

Awards/Nominations:
Best Cinematography, International Critics Week, Venice Film Festival 2015
Audience Award, International Critics Week, Venice Film Festival 2015
Australia’s official entry for the 2017 Oscars


Wednesday 8 November – Nocturnal Animals
Dir:  Tom Ford, 2016, USA, 116 mins, Cert: 16
Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer
Language: English
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n750DzGzG0

From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Susan Morrow, a Los Angeles art dealer, lives a privileged yet unfulfilled life with her husband Hutton Morrow. One weekend, as Hutton departs on a business trip, Susan receives an unsolicited package left for her in her mailbox. It is a novel, Nocturnal Animals, written by her ex-husband Edward Sheffield, with whom she has had no contact for years. Edward’s note accompanying the manuscript encourages Susan to read the work and then to contact him during his visit to the city. Alone at night, in bed, Susan begins reading. The novel is dedicated to her...
...but its content is violent and devastating. While Susan reads, she is deeply moved by Edward’s writing and cannot help but reminisce over the most private moments from her own love story with the author. Trying to look within herself and beyond the glossy surface of her life, Susan increasingly interprets the book as a tale of revenge, a tale that forces her to re-evaluate the choices that she has made, and re- awakens a love that she feared was lost—as the story builds to a reckoning that will define both the novel’s hero and her own.
-Venice Film Festival 2017


Wednesday 22 November – Lion 
Director: Garth Davis, 2016, Australia, India 2016, 120 mins, PG
Cast: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Sunny Pawar
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziOLGzKq6oo

Based on the true story of 5-year-old Saroo Brierley who becoming separated from his older brother one night, is carried 1600km from his home on a decommissioned train. Unable to speak the regional language, he is forced to become one of the cities many street children but is eventually adopted by an Australian couple. 25 years later his memory is triggered and he finds himself wrestling with the need to seek out his original family. Conflicted by the enormity of this and fearing what he may find if anything, the film offers raw, excellent performances from Pathel and Kidman but it is Sunny Pawar, whose remarkable and wrenching portrayal of 5 year old Saroo who steals the show.

Quotes:
“As enthralling as it is emotional’’ – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“The true story of a foundling Indian boy who locates his mother years later via Google Maps is given the treatment it deserves in this intelligent, heartfelt film.’’ – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Awards:
BAFTA Awards 2017 Won Best Supporting Actor Dev Patel
BAFTA Awards 2017 Won Best Adapted Screenplay Luke Davies


Wednesday 6 December – Lady MacBeth
Dir: William Oldroyd, 2016, UK, 89 mins, Cert: 16
Starring: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank
Language: English
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDhZI4WiQ78

Debut director William Oldroyd and writer Alice Birch move from theatre to film with an ingeniously realised adaptation of an 1865 Russian novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is a young bride, unhappily married to the nasty son of a wealthy mine owner. Unable to consummate his marriage, the husband is sadistic, refusing to even allow his young wife out of the house. Left alone when her husband is called away on business, Katherine starts to explore the grounds and initiates a passionate affair with earthy, ill-mannered stable-hand Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis), while her increasingly concerned maid (rising star Naomi Ackie) watches on. Lady Macbeth has grand ambitions, and exudes a rare vision and talent. Proving her knockout turn in The Falling was no fluke, Pugh amazes as a heroine whose behaviour shifts from steely proud to wild-eyed and deranged.

Tricia Tuttle, London International Film Festival 2016


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sping Season 2017

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

Wednesday 18 January – A Date for Mad Mary
Dir: Darren Thornton, 2016, Ireland 82 mins, Cert: 15A 
Starring: Seana Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey
Language: English

A '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.

Wednesday 01 February – After Love
L'économie du couple
Dir: Joachim Lafosse, 2016, France/Belgium, 100 mins
Starring: Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Cédric Kahn, Marthe Keller, Jade Soentjens, Margaux Soentgens
Language: French

After 15 years together, Marie (Bérénice Bejo) and Boris (Cédric Kahn) are calling it quits, but until they can resolve the details of their separation agreement — most notably the division of their prize asset, the magazine-photo-worthy apartment they share with their young twin daughters — they're still living together. The latest feature from acclaimed Belgian director Joachim Lafosse (Our Children) is about the ties that bind us after love has gone.

Marie is the breadwinner in the relationship, but it was her family's wealth, not her salary, that allowed the couple to purchase their stylish apartment. This is a fact that Boris, a contractor currently between jobs, never lets her forget, since it was his renovation work that added significant value to the property. As Marie and Boris argue over everything — finances, who's taking the girls to soccer, and even passing the cheese plate at dinner — After Love reveals the complexities of their relationship and the depth of the cracks in it.

Lafosse deftly avoids taking sides in this absorbing family drama, inviting the audience to see that both parties are right, and both are wrong. Relentlessly observant of his characters' daily routines and oscillating emotions, Lafosse uses his trademark confined setting and tightly controlled handheld photography to create a claustrophobic environment, enveloping us in the gathering storm that is this couple's relationship. With outstanding, genuine performances from Bejo and Kahn, the subtle and powerful After Love reminds us that sometimes, no matter how much beauty is to be found in our immediate surroundings, we just need to get out. - Toronto International Film Festival 2016
Wednesday 15 February – Captain Fantastic
Dir: Matt Ross, 2016, USA, 118 mins, Cert: TBC
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton
Language: English

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this selfcreated paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them. - Cannes program 2016

Wednesday 01 March – The Unknown Girl
La Fille inconnue
Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 2016, Belgium/France, 113 mins, 15A
Starring: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnella, Christelle Cornil, Nadège Ouedraogo
Language: French

Adele Haenel stars as young doctor Jenny Davin, who refuses to answer the buzzer to her surgery after hours one night.  She is informed the next day that the caller, a young, unidentified woman has been found dead nearby.  Consumed by guilt Jenny commits to finding out the identity of the young girl, so that she can be buried with her name, reclaiming her identity. Driven by an overriding sense of moral responsibility Jenny puts herself in the middle of an investigation that endangers her also.

Another complex look at social compromises, the Dardenne Brothers deliver an engaging and moving work with an intense, internalised performance for Haenel as Jenny, whose single minded pursuit of justice will resonate with audiences.

Wednesday 15 March – Viva
Director: Paddy Breathnach, 2015, Ireland/Cuba, 100 mins, 15A 
Starring: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García
Language: Spanish

Jesus (Héctor Medina) a shy, delicate, struggling hairdresser finds a genuine opportunity to enrich his life when he is given the chance to perform as a Drag Artist. But when Jesus’abusive estranged father returns, he forcefully forbids the young man from performing. Jesus must decide to either fulfil his potential or wilt under the dictate of his father. What unfolds is a bittersweet story of pain, regret, and reconciliation, as the two men learn to know and respect each other for the first time. Featuring boisterous and often heart-breaking drag performance, Paddy Breathnach’s Oscar-shortlisted crowd-pleaser is a tender and compassionate tale of finding one’s true voice.

Best Irish Film, Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016 

Wednesday 29 March – Up For Love
Un homme à la hauteur
Dir: Laurent Tirard, 2016, France/Belgium, 98 mins, Cert: CLUB
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Virginie Efira, Cédric Kahn, César Domboy, Myriam Tekaïa, Jean-Michel Lahmi
Language: French
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLUh5LeiIn4

Oscar winner Jean Dujardin, as charismatic as ever, returns to SIFF in this new romantic comedy from Laurent Tirard, the director of Molière (SIFF 2007's Closing Night film). Diane (Virginie Efira, SIFF 2014's Turning Tide) is a successful lawyer three years removed from her divorce, and she has been romantically challenged ever since. But her luck changes one afternoon when a stranger calls her flat, having found her cell phone and wanting to return it. Over the phone, Alexandre is both funny and charming, and the pair develop an easy chemistry with each other, leading to a date of sorts to return her lost phone. Eagerly arriving at the appointed time and place, Diane is caught completely off-guard when Alexandre arrives—all 4'6" of him. (He literally has to hop up into his café chair.) At first his stature makes Diane uncomfortable, but she soon discovers that Alexandre is pretty much the complete package—witty, intelligent, handsome—so who cares if she has to bend down to kiss him? However, Alexandre and Diane will have to face many other romantic challenges, including a full-sized rival as well as public gawking and the judgement of society, if they are going to make it to their happily-ever-after in this delightful comedic romp. -Seattle International Film Festival 2016