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

BARBARA 
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

GOOD VIBRATIONS
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

AMOUR
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

LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
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

THE HUNT
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

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
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

LORE
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

SUBTITLE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS...
A FUNNY MAN
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

NO
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 

Vincere 


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 

L'Enfant 


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 

Poetry

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




















Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Coming Soon...Autumn / Winter 2012

Our films for this season are as follows...

Tues Sept 11th
The Artist

Dir: Michel Hazanavicius France        2011           100mins




















A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. A crowd-pleasing tribute to the magic of silent cinema, The Artist is a clever, joyous film with delightful performances and visual style to spare. It became the first French film to ever win a Best Picture Oscar, and the first mainly silent film to win since Wings and Sunrise won best picture awards in 1929. If you haven’t caught up with it yet this is the perfect chance to see this life-affirming charmer on the big screen.

Tues Sept 25th 
Bill Cunningham New York

Dir: Richard Press                 USA             2010       84mins    

















Suffused with happiness and modest charm, Bill Cunningham New York offers a touching, gently humorous portrait of the most elusive fashion presence in New York, 80-year-old ‘On The Street’ photographer Bill Cunningham. It’s a visually stunning documentary about the New York Times photographer, a man obsessively interested in only one thing, documenting the way people dress. An absorbing, thoughtful chronicle of a singular figure as well as a fresh meditation on fashion, photography and New York into the bargain. 

Tues Oct 9th 
A Separation

Dir: Asghar Farhadi        Iran        2011            123mins   











A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a parent who has Alzheimer's. Morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving, A Separation captures the messiness of a dissolving relationship with keen insight and searing intensity. Dynamically shot and paced like a thriller, with the density of a good novel, this is filmmaking of immense sophistication, resonance and impressive acting. 


Tues Oct 23rd

La Grande Illusion
Dir: Jean Renoir        1937    France    114mins

     



















Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion is one of those imperishable classics everyone should see. It's a POW movie, possibly the first, with all the ingredients we've come to expect; tunnel escapes, camp shows, etc. But it's also a masterful study of human relations during wartime, of the way class and religious divisions may be put aside in times of mutual danger, but never really go away. Renoir weaves many characters into this network of complex relationships creating a compelling war movie and a humanist masterpiece grounded in realism. 

Tues Nov 6th 
Melancholia
Dir: Lars van Trier  Denmark/France/Sweden 2011   130mins


















Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. The master provocateur of modern cinema Lars van Trier makes his Film Club debut with this psychological disaster movie, a divine piece of post-apocalyptic cinema and a showcase for Kirsten Dunst's acting. Melancholia is a profoundly visceral vision of destruction and a hauntingly beautiful meditation on depression.  

Tues Nov 20th
Subtitle Film Festival present
 Lapland Odyssey









A comedy about Janne, a man Lapland in Northern Finland, a man who has made a career out of living on welfare. Inari, his girlfriend is tired of Janne's incapability of getting a grip on life. Janne wasn't even able to buy a digital TV box that Inari had given money for. Inari gives an ultimatum: a digital box needs to arrive by dawn or she leaves. Janne sets out into the night with his two friends to find a box. On their way to the city of Rovaniemi, Janne and his friends face many challenges, obstacles and temptations. They learn that they need to be daring. There's no room to give into bitterness. The most important thing isn't success, but rather the journey itself.

Tues Dec 4th  
Moonrise Kingdom

Dir: Wes Anderson 2012 USA 94mins











Warm and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s where a young boy and girl fall in love and run away together and various factions of the town mobilize to search for them. Visually it's a feast of saturated colour and fabulous design, full of minutely observed accessories and throwaway truths with a typically great Anderson soundtrack of wistful Western and classical pieces.


Tues Dec 18th
Le Havre 

Dir: Aki Kaurismaki         2011          Finland/France/Germany            93mins     











In the harbour town of Le Havre young African refugee Idrissa, an illegal immigrant on the run, is helped to hide from the authorities by Marcel, a well-spoken bohemian shoeshine man. Full of Kaurismäki's deadpan wit Le Havre adds a graceful note of sweetness and uplift. It’s seductively funny and offbeat but with an urgency on the subject of Europe's attitude to refugees. The drollery in no way undermines the emotional force of this satisfying, lovable film infused with an ingenuous, Chaplinesque simplicity. An understated pleasure.

All films begin at 8:00 p.m. 
€8 entry per film or €40 Season Ticket for 7 films. (Subtitle Film Festival presentation 'Lapland Odyssey' is not included in the season ticket.)
Films are shown at The Set Theatre at Langtons in John St.
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
For further enquiries contact Steve Cullen on 0861217211












Wednesday, 22 August 2012

WINTER 2012

We are currently finalising our programme for Winter 2012, beginning on Tuesday 11th of September.     Full details coming soon.


Saturday, 31 March 2012

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte's classic gothic tale superbly adapted by Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga see a grown-up Jane ( Mia Wasikowska) staggering around the yorkshire moors from where we flashback to her bleak childhood and eventual appointment as governess where she meets the mysterious Mr Rochester (Michael Fassbender). Their relationship is expertly handles while the director never loses sight of the gothic chill, with marvelous visuals and terrific support from Sally Hawkins and Judy Dench.



Showing Tuesday 3rd April 2012 at  8:00 p.m.
The Set Theatre at Langtons. John St
Tickets €8 on the door.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Cave Of Forgotten Dreams

An unforgettable experience from one of cinema's greatest filmmakers. Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to the Chauvet caves in Southern France; capturing humanity's oldest known pictorial creations, hundreds of animals, drawn with flair and detail 32000 years ago. The cave is a lost cathedral, and Herzog's film responds with a subdued passion to its profound mystery, taking us on an eerie descent to discover something strange and awe-inspiring; the beginnings of the modern human soul.



Tuesday 20th March. 8: 00 pm