Rosalie Blum, Sat 24th February 2018, in Rathanna Hall-8pm doors open
Director: Julien Rappeneau
CAST: Noémie Lvovsky, Kyan Khojandi, Alice Isaaz, Sara Giraudeau
95 minutes, France, 2016, CLUB
A random encounter has unexpected and life-changing consequences for three characters in Rosalie Blum, a quirky, heart-warming tale based on the graphic novel trilogy by French artist Camille Jourdy. This enchanting directorial debut from French screenwriter Julien Rappeneau (Bon Voyage, 36 Quai des Orfèvres) is a witty and ingeniously crafted comedy.
Winner, Audience Award, Gijón International Film Festival 2016
Presented in partnership with the Embassy of France and Institut Français.
‘In Between’, Fri 23rd March 2018, in Rathanna Hall – 8pm doors open
In Between (Bar Bahar)
Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
CAST: Mouna Hawa, Shaden Kanboura, Sana Jammalieh
103 minutes, Israel, France, 2016, CLUB
Layla, Salma, and Nour – three Palestinian women with Israeli citizenship – share an apartment in the vibrant center of Tel Aviv. Despite being “independent”, each of them struggles with the restrictions imposed on their lives by a blinkered society.
Maysaloun Hamoud’s remarkable feature debut, explores the challenges facing young Arab-Israeli women who must negotiate being “in between” cultures and traditions.
Toronto International Film Festival 2016
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2016
Winner – Best Actress, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2017
Winner – Best Supporting Actress, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2017
Winner – Youth Award, San Sebastian Film Festival 2016
★★★★ “A brave film befitting its brave depiction of women.” – The Irish Times
★★★★ “It’s great fun, with a powerful sense of narrative.” – The Times
“… an elegant, sensitive yet still assured and potent debut effort.” – Screen International
‘The Florida Project, Sat 28th April 2018 in Rathanna Hall – 8pm doors open
Director: Sean Baker
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklyn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto
115 mins, USA, 2017, 15A, English
Six-year-old Moonie (Brooklynn Prince) lives with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a Florida motel. Along with her friends, Moonie spends the summer exploring the urban wilderness and getting into every sort of mischief. Halley, meanwhile, desperately tries to make ends meet. Kind but stern manager Bobby (Willem Dafoe) tries to keep his patience as rent goes unpaid and the hyperactive kids run wild.
In his follow-up to the acclaimed Tangerine, director Sean Baker cements his reputation as one of the great chroniclers of forgotten America. The Florida Project is a deeply sympathetic portrait of one small, neglected community. It’s the wildly energetic kids who really allow this remarkable film to soar, however – few films about childhood have ever felt this authentic.
Fri 29th Sept, 8pm, The Other Side of Hope
The Other Side Of Hope Toivon Tuolla Puolen
Dir: Aki Kaurismaki Finland 2017 98 mins Cert: 12
Starring: Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela, Sakari Kuosmanen
This film tells two stories that converge after forty minutes. The first of these features Khaled, a Syrian refugee. A stowaway on a coal freighter, he ends up in Helsinki where he applies for asylum without much hope of success. Wikström, the second main character, is a travelling salesman peddling ties and men’s shirts. Turning his back on his trade, he instead decides to put his poker face to good use at a gambling table and subsequently buys himself a restaurant in the remotest corner of Helsinki. When the authorities turn down Khaled’s application, he decides to remain in the country illegally, like so many other people who share his fate. Going underground in the Finnish capital, he lives on the streets and encounters all kinds of racism, but also some cool rock ’n’ rollers and genuine friendship. One day Wikström discovers Khaled sleeping in the dark backyard behind his restaurant. He provides him with a bed and a job. For a while, these two band together with the restaurant’s waitress, the chef and his dog to form a utopian union – one of Aki Kaurismäki’s typical communities bound together by fate which demonstrates that the world could and should be a better place.
-Berlin International Film Festival 2017