What's On

Tuesday 20 February, 8pm, €7

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)

Dir: Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson
2016  |  Iceland, Denmark
129 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

The long-standing friendship between two pre-teen boys in a small Icelandic village is threatened when they strike up romantic relationships with a pair of local girls, in this affecting and beautifully crafted debut feature from Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson.

Winner, Audience Award, CPH PIX 2016
Winner, Audience Award, Angers European First Film Festival 2017
Winner, International Federation of Film Societies’ Don Quixote Award, TromsØ International Film Festival 2017

… a fervent, intensely acted drama.” – The Guardian
Richly atmospheric…” - Variety


This film will be preceeded by a short film 'Samhain' by Kev L Smith

Kev L Smith is an award-winning filmmaker, based in Liscannor, North Clare. He has been connected to the sea for over 24 years both as an avid surfer & lifeguard. Kevin is a specialist in water and aerial cinematography. He has helped to pioneer ocean drone cinematography in Ireland, particularly in the area of filming whales in the open ocean. Kevin's work has featured in many projects including most recently in RTE's new series, "Ireland's Deep Atlantic". He was also the director of surf photography on the Irish feature film "Between Land and Sea"

Samhain is Gaelic meaning "Summer's End".  It's a celebration of the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter or the “darker half" of the year. It was during this time that a pumping ocean swell hit Europe.
Filmed over two days in County Clare on Ireland's wild Atlantic coast, primarily at the rarely working, heaving slab of a surf spot called "Laurens" at the foot of the 700ft high Cliffs of Moher. The wind was offshore, the surf was classic and the sun cast everything in a golden light. It felt like summers end. Days later winter took hold and the cold, grey returned. The story which inspired us in Clare is of a group of friends and surfers who take on everything the Atlantic can throw at their coast. Pete, Seamus and Fionan hold down regular jobs and other than the waves they surf, they lead regular lives. They ride Ireland's heaviest Winter surf for the fun and comradery, not for the glory. This is what makes their story special:"Samhain"

Tuesday 13 March, 8pm, €7

Lover For A Day (L’amant d’un jour)

Dir: Philippe Garrel
2017  |  France
76 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

After a devastating breakup, the only place twenty-three-year old Jeanne has to stay in Paris is the small flat of her father, Giles. But when Jeanne arrives, she finds that her father’s new girlfriend has moved in too: Arianne, A young woman her own age. Each is looking for their own kind of love in a city filled with possibilities.
Lover for a Day premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, where it was awarded the SCAD prize from the French Writers and Directors Guild, and is an Official Selection of the 2017 New York Film Festival.

Tuesday 27 March, 8pm, €7

The Drummer and the Keeper

Dir: Nick Kelly
2017  |  Ireland
92 mins  | Cert: PG

You find true friendship in the craziest of places! Gabriel is a chaotic young rock drummer desperate to hide his recent bipolar diagnosis from his increasingly exasperated bandmates. When forced to bond with Christopher, an institutionalised 17-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, it results in a very unlikely friendship! Galway Film Fleadh 2017

An uplifting comedic story of an unlikely friendship between Gabriel, a rock ‘n’ roll party animal with bipolar disorder and an institutionalised goalkeeper who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome.”  — Scannain.com

Tuesday 10 April, 8pm, €7

The Party

Dir: Sally Potter
2017  |  UK
71 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

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 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. - Berlin International Film Festival 2017

Tuesday 1 May, 8pm, €7

Song Of Granite

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

Saturday 5 May, 2.30pm, €7/€5 conc.

Older Than Ireland

presented as part of Bealtaine Festival

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

Tuesday 22 May, 8pm, €7

Escape from Liberty Cinema (Ucieczka z kina ‘Wolnosc)

presented as part of PolskaÉire Festival

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