What's On

Tuesday 1 May, 8pm, €7

Song Of Granite

preceded by 'Sekar Arum' by Maurice Gunning

Dir: Pat Collins
2017  |  Ireland, Canada
104 mins  |   Cert: CLUB

This visually meticulous and mesmerising film revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The stylised black-and-white picture, obscuring the border between documentary and fiction, is a cinematic ballad that invites viewers to join the enigmatic, talented and idiosyncratic artist on his dramatic life journey; along the way we also get a sense of the difficult yet humble life of the people of Ireland over the course of last century.

The film takes us to the district of Connemara, and to the village of Carna, Joe Heaney’s birthplace, considered the cradle of local folklore, and then the camera accompanies him on his travels round the world. The power and magic of the songs provide the central motif threading its way through the film. The director stages the music scenes so skilfully and suggestively that we feel we are actually present in the room, swept up in the atmosphere along with the rest of the audience.

Was it the songs that helped the inhabitants of this magnificent but desolate Irish landscape to survive and commune with God? And what part of his heart and soul must the artist sacrifice in order to satisfy his inner compulsions?
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017



This film will be preceded by a short film 'Sekar Arum' by Maurice Gunning

Sekar Arum - Forging the Javanese Gamelan, is a short documentary about the forging of a Javanese Gamelan gong, highlighting the rhythmic nature of the methods employed by traditional gamelan makers, including the firing, moulding and tuning of a new bronze instrument. Filmed and edited by documentary photographer and film-maker Maurice Gunning and produced by Mel Mercier.

Saturday 5 May, 2.30pm, €7/€5 conc.

Older Than Ireland

presented as part of Bealtaine Festival & preceded by 'Stories from the Landscape' by Clare County Council Heritage Office

Dir: Alex Fegan
Ireland  |  2015
81 mins  |  Cert: PG

Older Than Ireland is a landmark feature documentary that explores what it means to have lived one hundred years in Ireland, as seen through the eyes of its oldest citizens.
Featuring thirty men and women, this remarkable group of centenarians, all born before 1916, are the last generation to have borne witness to Ireland’s bloody transition from a newly formed fledging republic through to its development into a mature European state. These centenarians are our living history and it is through their wit, wisdom and philosophy that the film explores the more universal themes of life. From youth to true love, from loss to regrets, from the meaning of life to the existence of a life hereafter — the centenarians have an opinion on it all. Older Than Ireland is a film that pays homage to this unique group of remarkable individuals. - Galway Film Fleadh 2015


This film will be preceded by a short film 'Stories from the Landscape' by Clare County Council Heritage Office

Filmed by Paul Flynn, in collaboration with Cuimhneamh an Chláir, this short features a day in the life of 93 year old George Casey at the Kildysert Agricultural Show where he has gone with horses for many years.

Tuesday 22 May, 8pm, €7

Escape from Liberty Cinema (Ucieczka z kina ‘Wolnosc)

presented as part of PolskaÉire Festival & preceded by 'Good Business' by Ray Sullivan

Dir: Wojciech Marczewski
1990  |  Poland
88 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

Wojciech Marczewski’s anti-totalitarian satire is a darkly comic examination of censorship which adapts the premise of Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo to late 1980s Poland. The film centres on a provincial film censor who is horrified to discover that the actors in a trite romantic weepie are refusing to perform their roles. With shades also of Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. and Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, the film deftly combines political satire, social observation and surreal humour.

Directed by one of Poland’s leading intellectual - and much censored - filmmakers, this multi-award winning feature is a key film of the seismic political changes of 1989, and an enthusiastic manifesto for the freedom of the artist - and ultimately, of all humanity.

"Extremely funny political comedy... Consciously influenced by Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, it's an absurdist satire on bureaucracy and moral cowardice" Philip French, The Observer

"A rich mixture of dark political satire and poetic allegory" Wally Hammond, Time Out

"An exuberant attack on censorship" Variety

This film will be preceded by a short film 'Good Business' by Ray Sullivan

Good Business is a short and intelligent Sci-Fi filmed on location near Blackhead Lighthouse.