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Wednesday 18 January – A Date for Mad Mary
Dir: Darren Thornton, 2016, Ireland 82 mins, Cert: 15A
Starring: Seana Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey
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
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
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
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
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
Dir: Laurent Tirard, 2016, France/Belgium, 98 mins, Cert: CLUB
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Virginie Efira, Cédric Kahn, César Domboy, Myriam Tekaïa, Jean-Michel Lahmi
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