Tuesday, 6 January 2015

January to April 2015

All films are shown at the Set Theatre, John St, Kilkenny, subject to license.  

Seasonal Membership ( including admission to 7 films)…€45.

Single film membership…€8.

Membership and tickets available at the venue from 7:30 on the evening. Films begin at 8:00pm.

Kilkenny Film Club is a non-profit organization assisted by Access Cinema and Langtons House Hotel.

For further enquiries contact kilkennyfilmclub@mac.com  or call Steve Cullen on 0861217211

Tues Jan 13th 
In the House
Dir: Francois Ozon. France.  105mins. 2013.
A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events. Ozon’s playful suspense thriller is dark, tense, and wryly funny, with fine performances from a quality cast. This smart, provocative and entertaining drama ingeniously dissolves the barrier that separates fiction from reality.

Tues Jan 27th 
Inside Llewyn Davis
Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen. U.S.A. 104mins. 2013.
In 1961 New York folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) struggles to make a name for himself in the music world, but so far, success remains elusive. Relying on the kindness of friends and strangers, he embarks on a cursed odyssey from Greenwich Village to Chicago where an audition could give him the break he desperately needs. A gorgeous recreation of early 60s New York with its folk-scene clubs and cafes embellishes this fascinating look at artistic temperament. A richly observed, touchingly sad and slyly funny film. One of the Coens' best.

Tues Feb 10th  
Dir: Lenny Abrahamson. U.K. 95mins. 2014
Keyboard player Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) meets weird indie band The Soronprfbs whose lead singer,Frank (Michael Fassbender), wears a giant fiberglass head at all times. They spend months holed up in an isolated holiday home in Ireland recording their next album, fame-struck Jon caught between thesweetly blank face of Frank and the fierce, weary stare of Clara (Maggie  Gyllenhaal). He posts videos of the band on Youtube and they become a cult phenomenon. Darkly sincere with deadpan humour and great music, Frank explores the fragility of the creative spirit and the necessity of masks as psychic protection. A strange, funny gem of a film.

Tues  Feb 24th 
Out of Here
Dir: Donal Foreman. Ireland. 80mins. 2014.
Art college drop-out Ciarán (Fionn Walton), is a young Dubliner recently returned from a gap year in Asia, struggling to fit back in, meandering his home city, fielding questions from well-meaning parents, flirting in pubs, hanging out with old friends. Donal Foreman's full-length debut is funny and touching with great dialogue and plenty to say about austerity Ireland. 'This is what can happen when a talented young director is allowed to make the film he really wants to make,' Donald Clarke wrote. 'One of a kind. What a debut.'

Tues March 10th 
Dir: Steven Knight. U.K. 85mins.  2013,
On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career dedicated family man and successful construction manager Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy)  receives a phone call which sends him driving through the night, from Birmingham to London, setting in motion events that threaten his carefully constructed life. An ingeniously executed and entirely engrossing study in cinematic minimalism, written and directed by Steven Knight with real skill and style and centred on a spellbinding performance from Hardy, by turns seductive, sympathetic and disturbing. 

Tues March 24th 
The Battle of Algiers
 Dir: Gillo Pontecorvo. Italy. 121mins. 1966.
Colonel Mathieu (Jean Martin), a former French Resistance fighter is sent to Algeria to quell the uprisings there. He faces Ali la Pointe (Brahim Haggiag), a former petty criminal who, as the leader of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale, directs terror strategies against the colonial French. One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, vividly re-creates a key year in the Algerian struggle for independence. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style it's a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. A film with plenty to say to us still in the 21st century.

Tues April 7th 
Dir: Yann Demange. U.K. 99mins. 2014.

Despatched to Belfast with his regiment, fresh-trained British soldier Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell) is stranded on an estate after his unit accidentally abandons him during a riot. Alone, he must find his way back to safety through the hostile streets of Belfast. Yann Demange’s stunningly well-crafted survival film stays true to its fact-based origins while remaining as gripping as any action thriller. Beautifully shot, smartly written and packed with gritty suspense.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

September to December 2014

Tues Sept 23rd 


Dir: Haifaa Al-Mansour  2012  Germany, Saudi Arabia 100 mins Cert: PG
Starring: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd
Language: Arabic
The first feature film made in Saudi Arabia by a woman, Haifaa Al-Mansour's gently subversive film tells the story of a 10-year-old girl who wants to buy a bicycle to race against her friend Abdullah. Only problem is girls are not allowed ride bicycles. Shot in the suburbs of Riyadh (where the director was forbidden from mixing with her male crew and often had to direct via walkie-talkie from the back of a van) the film follows Wadjda as she cheerfully ignores the disapproval of her mother and her teacher and sets out to achieve her goal. 

Tues Oct 7th 

The Lunchbox 

Dir: Ritesh Batra 2013 India 104 minutes Cert: PG
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddique, Denzil Smith, Bharati Achrekar, Nakul Vaid, Yashvi Puneet Nagar, Lillete Dubey 
Language: Hindi, English 
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man nearing retirement as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. Indian director Ritesh Batra’s debut is a witty and perceptive film that reveals the hopes, sorrows and regrets of ordinary people. With its quietly masterful performances, The Lunchbox is a feast for fans of food and love, a charming portrait of two lonely hearts who connect across a city of more than 20 million people.

Tues Oct 21st 

The Past 

Dir: Asghar Farhadi 2013 Iran 130 minutes Cert: 12A
Starring: Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin 
Language: French 
Writer-director Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to the Oscar-winning A Separation is an intensely gripping emotional drama with a superb script and terrific performances. An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Several years later he returns to finalise their divorce and has to confront the reality of the new relationship she's in. The Past is another compelling testament to Farhadi's gift for finely layered drama, films that are both intimate psychological portraits and detailed, nerve-wracking mysteries. 

Tues November 4th 

Enough Said 

Dir:  Nicole Holofcener USA 92 mins Cert: 12A
Starring: James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Julia Louis- Dreyfus, Catherine Keener
Language: English
A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini), a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest.  Nicole Holofcener's delightful film is an astute reading of the foibles of human relationships, a touching, wise and spiky romance with plenty of smart dialogue and real chemistry between the leads. A rom-com that's actually, miraculously, both romantic and comedic.

Tues Nov 18th 


Dir: Sebastion Lelio Chile 2012  110 mins Cert: CLUB 
Starring: Paulina Garcia, Sergio Hernandez, Marcial Tagle, Diego Fontecilla, Fabiola Zamora, Antonia Santa Maria, Coca Guazzini, Hugo Moraga, Alejandro Goic, Liliana Garcia, Luz Jimenez
Language: Spanish
An astutely compassionate account of the personal evolution of a middle-aged divorcee, an office worker in Santiago looking for company and even love at social dance clubs for single adults. Director Sebastian Lelio’s perceptive and sympathetic film is driven by a wonderful performance from Paulina Garcia as a woman made invisible by age aching for intimate contact. The journey of this woman, the type of character all too often neglected in cinema, is honest and sweetly poignant, but ultimately uplifting and enormously satisfying.

Tues Dec 2nd 

The Rocket 

Dir: Kim Morduant Laos, Australia 2013   96 mins Cert: CLUB 
Starring: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Kohavong
Language: Lao
The Rocket is an enchanting fable-like tale, set in Laos, about a ten-year-old boy, Ahlo, who is believed to bring bad luck to his family, a belief seemingly confirmed when they are forced off their land to make way for a dam and Ahlo’s mother dies. But the resourceful Ahlo forges new friendships (with an orphan girl and her wastrel uncle) and participates in a rocket-building contest that might just reverse the family's fortunes. A charming, tough-edged story, rich in atmosphere and local history, and beautifully acted by its young leads. 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

January to April 2014

All films are shown in The Set Theatre, John St, Kilkenny. 
Seasonal Membership (including admission to 8 films)...€48 
Single film membership...€8 
Membership and tickets are available at the venue from 7:30pm on the evening. Films begin at 8:00pm. 
Kilkenny Film Club is a non-profit organisation assisted by Access Cinema and Langtons House Hotel. 
For further enquiries contact Steve Cullen on 0861217211

Tues Jan 7th

Dir: Christian Petzold 2012 Germany 105mins

Winner of Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival, Barbara is an impeccably crafted Cold War thriller in the mold of The Lives of Others about a Berlin doctor banished to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa. Director Petzold is renowned for his smart psychological thrillers distinguished by unusual story turns, visual beauty and filmmaking intelligence. Barbara may be his best yet.

Tues Jan 21st 

The Irish Pub
Dir: Alex Fegan 2013 Ireland 90mins

Reminiscent of the hugely popular Irish documentary His & Hers, Alex Fegan's The Irish Pub is a delightful eulogy to the greatest institution in Irish society and the publicans who run them. The characters in this endearing film all run and own pubs that have been in their families for generations and through their warmth, wit and wisdom we gain an insight into the heart and soul of the traditional Irish pub. 

Tues Feburary 4th

Paradise: Hope
Dir: Ulrich Seidl 2012 Austria 88mins

Hope, the third film in the PARADISE TRILOGY, tells the story of the 13-year-old Melanie. While her mother (Teresa) travels to Kenya, Melanie spends her holiday in the Austrian countryside at a strict diet camp for overweight teenagers. Under the supervision of a tattooed trainer and a creepy doctor, the teenagers attempt to do sports during the day and secretly get drunk in the evening. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the doctor who is 40 years her senior

Tues Feburary 18th 

My Life as a Dog
Dir: Lasse Hallstrom 1985 Sweden 101mins 

Our classic offering is Lasse Hallstrom's perfect coming-of-age tale My Life as a Dog. Ingemar is a  twelve-year-old boy from a working-class family sent to live with his uncle in a country village when his mother falls ill. There, with the help of the warmhearted eccentrics who populate the town, he finds both refuge from his misfortunes and unexpected adventure. A timeless evocation of the bittersweet struggles and joys of childhood, My Life as a Dog is one not to be missed.

Tues March 4th 

Monsieur Lazhar
Dir: Philippe Falardeau 2011 Canada 94mins 

Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Oscar Monsieur Lazhar tells the story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher. Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant, offers the school his services as a substitute teacher. As he helps the children heal, he also learns to accept his own painful past. A film about loss, guilt and the power of self-expression, Monsieur Lazhar manages to be touching and funny while addressing complex issues with elegance and grace. 

Tues March 18th 

The Broken Circle Breakdown
Dir: Felix Van Groeningen 2012 Belgium 111mins

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She owns a tattoo shop and he plays banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared love for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance. Presenting its central relationship in a Blue Valentine-style montage of past and present Belgium's submission for the 2014 foreign language film Oscar is a powerful and haunting tale of love, death and bluegrass, a visually striking and moving experience.

Tues April 1st 

Get Low
Dir: Aaron Schneider 2009 USA 103mins

A film spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral while he was still alive. Director Aaron Schneider's dramatic period thriller is brimming with robust characters, dry wit, stunning photography and great performances from a pitch-perfect cast that includes Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek. An engaging, deftly directed tale of guilt and redemption.  

Tues April 15th 

Le Week-End
Dir: Roger Michell 2013 UK 93mins

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play Nick and Meg Burrows, a philosophy lecturer and a biology teacher who return to Paris thirty years after their honeymoon to see what has changed. The answer, of course, is them. This beautifully executed, fearlessly truthful film takes writer Hanif Kureishi’s collaboration with director Roger Michell (The Buddha of Suburbia, Venus) to new heights. Sophisticated, sharp and funny, Le Week-End is a bittersweet drama shot all over Paris with energy and wit.

All films are shown in The Set Theatre, John St, Kilkenny. 

Seasonal Membership (including admission to 8 films)...€48 

Single film membership...€8 

Membership and tickets are available at the venue from 7:30pm on the evening. Films begin at 8:00pm. 

Kilkenny Film Club is a non-profit organisation assisted by Access Cinema and Langtons House Hotel. 

For further enquiries contact Steve Cullen on 0861217211

Friday, 9 August 2013

September to December 2013

Tues Sept 3rd

Dir:  Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn, U.K. Ireland, 103mins

A biopic of Terri Hooley, Belfast's godfather of punk, a record-store owner who developed the city’s music scene in the 1970s. Mixing the music of the era with colourful locations and lively characters, this is an impassioned, funny and likable myth-making comedy anchored in the reality of the Troubles. An engaging portrait of a music fan turned reluctant impresario, Good Vibrations is a feelgood tale of rock 'n' roll rebellion, showing the power of music in an environment of fear and ever-present violence. 

Tues Sept 17th

Dir:  Michael Haneke, Austria, 127mins

Michael Haneke’s masterful, Oscar-nominated exploration of age and love may be the best of his illustrious career. Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva give breathtaking performances as Georges and Anne, retired music teachers in their 80s, living in a book-lined Paris apartment. They are happy, affectionate, loving; active and content until, one day, Anne has a stroke and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. This beautifully-handled, deeply devastating work, a multiple award winner at film festivals around the world, is film-making at the highest pitch of intelligence and insight.

Tues October 1st

Dir: Craig Gillespie, U.S.A. 106mins

Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling) is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, rather he longs for a deep, meaningful relationship. Delicate, bittersweet, and funny, Craig Gillespie's film is an off-beat, '70s-like charmer, a sweet little fable scripted by Nancy Oliver (Six Feet Under).

Tues  Oct 15th

Dir: Thomas Vinterburg, Denmark, 115mins

Set in a small Danish village around Christmas, The Hunt follows a school teacher who becomes the target of mass hysteria after being accused of sexually assaulting a child. An engrossing psycho-social drama by Thomas Vinterberg (Festen), with a mesmerizing central performance by Mads Mikkelsen which won him the Best Actor Award at Cannes, this is powerful, tough, unforgettable filmmaking.

Tues Oct 29th

Dir: Kar Wai Wong, Hong Kong, France, 98mins

Wong Kar-wai’s visually extravagant In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. Set in Hong Kong in 1962, Chow Mo-Wan is a newspaper editor who moves into a new building with his wife. At the same time, Su Li-zhen, a beautiful secretary and her husband also move in. With their spouses often away, Chow and Li-zhen develop a close bond. Then they discover their other halves are having an affair. In The Mood for Love is a beautiful, melancholic love story, a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema, and a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career.

Tues Nov 12th

Dir: Cate Shortland, Germany, 109mins

Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and Nazi-loving mother are caught by the Allies, five German children undertake a journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Led by the eldest, 14-year old Lore, they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to find their grandmother in the north. Lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy with unforgettable impact.

Tues Nov 26th

Dir: Martin Pieter Zandvliet, Denmark, 116mins

Martin Pieter Zandvliet's A Funny Man (the follow-up to his debut Applause) examines the career of one of Denmark's most successful comics, Dirch Passer (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), whose long and extremely successful career was plagued by self-doubt, overwork and his audience's resistance to any attempts he makes to branch out. A fascinating and affecting exploration of the dilemma facing every popular artist, A Funny Man is distinguished by Zandvliet's elegant, sensitive direction and an extraordinary performance by Kaas.

Tues Dec  10th

Dir: Pablo Larrain, Chile, 118mins

In 1988 military dictator Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum to decide his future in power. The opposition persuade a young ad man, René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), to head their campaign. With limited resources and under the constant scrutiny of the despot's watchmen, Saavedra conceives of a bold plan to win the election. A richly enjoyable mix of high-stakes drama and media satire, this bitingly funny, fascinating and moving portrait of Pinochet's fall is smartly shot and superbly performed.

All films are shown in The Set Theatre, John St, Kilkenny

Membership (inc 7 films, Subtitle film not included)...€40

Single film admission...€8

Membership and tickets are available at the venue from 7:30 p.m.on the evening. All Films shown at 8:00 p.m.

Kilkenny Film Club is a non-profit organisation assisted by Access Cinema, The Arts Council and Langtons House Hotel.

For further enquiries contact Steve Cullen on 0861217211

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Jan to April 2013

Tues 15th Jan 


Dir: Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 2009, 128mins.

A gorgeously shot, extravagantly melodramatic historical drama, Vincere tells the little-known story of how fascist dictator Benito Mussolini (Filippo Timi), before his rise to power, conceived an illegitimate son by a woman called Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), a son he denied for the rest of his life. A passionate look at power, paranoia and betrayal in a little-known corner of history, Vincere is full of visual poetry and political unrest, recreating the rise of fascism with real newsreel footage, on-screen slogans and Futurist art. 

Tues 29th Jan 


Dir: Dardenne Bros, Belgium, 2005, 95mins. 

Anyone who saw the Dardenne brothers’ superb Kid With A Bike at the recent Subtitled Film Festival will relish the chance to see L’Enfant, their 2005 Palme D’Or winner. Young lovers Sonia and Bruno find themselves strapped for cash when Sonia gets pregnant. Once the baby is born Bruno promptly sells it on the black market. L’Enfant is a gritty, humane slice of real life, emotionally and intellectually complex, uncompromising and unforgettable, using documentary-style camerawork to create gripping immediacy and a haunting sense of place.

Tues 12th Feb 


Dir: Chang-Dong Lee, South Korea, 2010, 139mins. 

A woman in her sixties, faced with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and the discovery of a family crime, finds strength and purpose when she enrols in a poetry class. Lee Chang-dong's follow-up to his acclaimed Secret Sunshine is a masterful study of the empowerment of an elderly woman, beautifully shot and deeply moving, with a terrifically intense and poignant 

Tues 26th Feb 

My Man Godfrey 

Dir: Gregory La Cava, USA, 1936, 94mins. 

William Powell is homeless bum Godfrey Smith, living at the city dump and minding his own business when snobby rich girl Cornelia Bullock turns up and offers him five dollars to be her 'forgotten man' for a scavenger hunt. Godfrey ends up the Bullock family butler falling for Cornelia’s scatty younger sister Irene (Lombard). The prototype '30s film, a Depression-fuelled screwball romance full of blithe wit and contempt for the rich, blessed with that mysterious light touch the best directors of the era seemed to have in abundance. It's a classic.

Tues 12th March 

About Elly 

Dir: Asghar Farhadi, Iran, 2009, 119mins. 

Another gripping drama from A Separation writer/director Asghar Farhadi, About Elly follows a group of friends, well-to-do professionals, who go on holiday together to the Caspian Sea with their young children. But one of them, Sepideh, has invited someone they barely know, a young woman called Elly, their children's teacher, hoping to set her up with the recently divorced Ahmad. What follows is a superbly acted, morally challenging drama about how a simple, well-meaning lie can open up a Pandora's Box of problems.

Tues 26th March

The Imposter

Dir: Bart Layton, UK, 2012, 99mins. 

Bart Layton’s highly-regarded documentary begins in 1994 when a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Over three years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The Imposter is not only an astonishing true story but also a mesmerizing, superbly crafted mix of documentary, mystery and thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout.

Tues 9th April 

Sin Nombre 

Dir: Cary Fukunaga, Mexico/USA, 2009, 96mins. 

Cary Fukunaga’s epic and stunningly-shot thriller follows two young Hondurans as they cross the gauntlet of Central America in their attempt to get to the USA to start a new life. Sin Nombre is pure filmmaking, a great story told in beautiful images, borrowing from road movies and crime thrillers but vibrating with authenticity. At once drama, romance and thriller, Sin Nombre delivers a raw, powerful film that shrugs aside genre convention. 

Tues 23rd April 

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Dir: Benh Zeitlin, USA, 2012, 93mins 

In a forgotten bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, six-year-old Hushpuppy (Wallis) lives a semi-feral life of freedom. When a storm floods the area she sets off with her sick father on a mission to reclaim their land. Beasts of the Southern Wild is an extraordinary film, a wondrously weird slice of Cajun magic realism, exploding with energy and colour. One of the cinematic highlights of 2012, beautiful, funny and tender.

All films are shown in The Set Theatre, John St, Kilkenny 

Membership (inc 8 films)...€48 

Single film admission...€8

Membership and tickets are available at the venue from 7:30pm on the evening.

Kilkenny Film Club is a non-profit organisation assisted by Access Cinema, The Arts Council and Langtons House Hotel.

For further enquiries contact Steve Cullen on 0861217211