The Workshop – 8pm in Rathanna Hall – Sat 26th January
Dir: Laurent Cantet France 2017 113 mins Cert: 15
Starring: Marina Foïs, Matthieu Lucci, Florian Beaujean
From Laurent Cantet, writer-director of Palme d’Or-winner The Class, and writer Robin Campillo (120 Beats Per Minute) comes The Workshop, a riveting contemporary drama that blends social commentary with a complex study of the modern world. Set in La Ciotat, France, the film centres around Antoine (Matthieu Lucci), a teenager who attends a summer writing class. Alongside a group of other students, Antoine is tasked with writing a crime thriller with the help of celebrated novelist Olivia Dejazet (Marina Foïs, Polisse), on the basis that the final piece is connected with the town’s industrial past. While the class set about their projects, Olivia is captivated by Antoine’s anxious and aggressive behaviour. This is reflected in his prose, which becomes more violent and disturbing in its depiction of political radicalism – a provocative streak Olivia is at once troubled and fascinated by.
Dogman – 8pm in Rathanna Hall – Sat 23rd Feb
Director: Matteo Garrone
CAST: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano
FILM INFO: 102 minutes, Italy, France, 2018, CLUB TBC
Marcello is a gentle dog-groomer who runs his own parlour in a run-down seaside town in Campania, Italy. He is part of a close-knit neighbourhood, which leads a relatively peaceful existence, except when terrorised by violent former boxer Simone. Believing that he can befriend and pacify this local thug, Marcello gets caught up in a world of petty crime and drugs, a mistake that will have far-reaching consequences for him.
Acclaimed Italian director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Tale of Tales) returns with this latest film – a powerful atmospheric, gripping drama, which won the Best Actor Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Cannes Film Festival 2018
New Zealand International Film Festival 2018
Winner – Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival 2018
★★★★★ “A movie with incomparable bite and strength.” – The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2018
★★★★ “Dogman unfolds its relatively straightforward story with both thrilling style and serious moral force” – The Telegraph, Cannes Film Festival 2018
Winner – Palm Dog, Cannes Film Festival 2018
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – 8pm in Rathanna Hall – Sat 30th March
Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Director: Gus Van Sant
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black
114 mins France, USA 2018, 15A
John Callahan has a drinking problem. After one all day and all night bender he is involved in a catastrophic car accident that leaves him quadriplegic. But he doesn’t want to stop drinking, not yet. Gus Van Sant’s effervescent bio-pic takes you on John’s journey to sobriety, through recover and relapse and towards understanding and self-acceptance. This gem of a film has a narrative punctuated with Callaghan’s irreverent cartoons, black humour, an unconventional timeline and a cast of quirky cohorts. A joyful and unconventional celebration of the recovery process and of life and all its glorious challenges.
Sundance Film Festival 2018
Berlin International Film Festival 2018
Sat 29th Sept 2018 – The Divine Order – in Rathanna Hall at 8pm
The Divine Order (Die Göttliche Ordnung)
Director: Petra Volpe
CAST: Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischeck, Marta Zoffoli, Nicholas Ofczarek, Sofia Helin
FILM INFO:96 minutes, Switzerland, 2017, CLUB
1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village in Switzerland with her husband and their two sons. The rural area is untouched by the major social upheavals the revolutionary movement of 1968 has brought about elsewhere. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody – until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot. Despite obstacles and backlash Nora becomes a hero as she overthrows the status quo.
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.
Tribeca Film Festival 2017
Sydney Film Festival 2017
Locarno Film Festival 2017
Glasgow Film Festival 2018
Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2018
Winner, Audience Award, Tribeca Film Festival 2017