All films are shown in The Set Theatre, John St, Kilkenny.
Seasonal Membership (including admission to 6 films)...€40
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 Sept 23rd
Dir: Haifaa Al-Mansour 2012 Germany, Saudi Arabia 100 mins Cert: PG
Starring: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd
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
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
Dir: Asghar Farhadi 2013 Iran 130 minutes Cert: 12A
Starring: Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin
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
Dir: Nicole Holofcener USA 92 mins Cert: 12A
Starring: James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Julia Louis- Dreyfus, Catherine Keener
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
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
Dir: Kim Morduant Laos, Australia 2013 96 mins Cert: CLUB
Starring: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Kohavong
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.