Sunday 21 July 2019

Film season at the model

To welcome in the New Year, The Model in partnership with Sligo Flim Society have announced a film programme featuring tense thrillers, heart-wrenching dramas and bleak black comedies. Showcasing the best of international and independent films every Thursday evening an The Model Cinema.

In further film news, The Model will also collaborate with aemi, a Dublin-based initiative that supports and regularly exhibits moving image works by artists and experimental filmmakers. This aemi touring programme will showcase a series of eclectic short films curated by renowned Irish artists Vivienne Dick and Sarah Browne. This unique series will conclude the Sligo Film Society season at the end of April.

The Model is also partnering with Eclipse Pictures to present #EUandMe, (28. Feb), in collaboration with the European Commission Representation in Ireland to present two special film screening events on Thursday February 28th. Directed by filmmakers drawn from across the European Union, five short films will explore the key challenges faced by member states today: from sustainability, to mobility and rights. The screenings will be followed by a Citizens' Dialogue - inviting the public to discuss and debate the issues raised in the films. Screenings will take place at 11.30 for school groups and a further public screening will take place at 6pm ahead of that weeks 8pm Sligo Film Society offering.

Danish-made 'The Guilty,' kicked off the new Sligo Film Society season on January 10th.

Next up is a tightly plotted American drama starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. 'Wildfire' (17.Jan) tells the tale of Jerry and Jeanette Brinson, a happily married couple who relocate to Montana with their son. After Jerry loses his job, he takes on a dangerous job-fighting wildfire.

The third film of the series is Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's new film 'Shoplifters' (24. Jan) (pictured). This subtle and moving drama focuses on the fragile forces holding a struggling family together. Osamu, his wife Nobuyu and grandma Hatsue are the Shibatas, a family living just above the poverty line. When they take in what appears to be an abandoned little girl, this brittle and unconventional family unravels. 'Shoplifters,' was named the winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2018.

The last film of January is 'Disobedience,' (30.Jan) starring Rachel Weisz as Ronit, a New York-based photographer who returns to London and the strictly Orthodox community she was raised in. Her return sees Ronit reconnecting with childhood friends Esti, played by Rachel McAdams and Dovid played by Alessandro Nivola, who are now married. Ronit's return has startling consequences for the friends when a long-dormant passion is reignited.

The first February offering comes in the form of a Turkish, French, German and Bulgarian collaboration called 'The Wild Pear Tree,' (07. Feb). Upon returning home from college to his Turkish hometown, aspiring writer Sinan discovers that his father's gambling addiction has brought the family to the brink of financial ruin. Palme d'Or winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan delivers another piece of intelligent and beautiful cinema, which is also a life-affirming and frequently funny meditation on life and the choices people make.

On Valentine's day, German-made 'The Captain,' (14. Feb) takes us back to April 1945: just weeks before the end of World War II. German private Willi Herold is on the run after deserting his post. He happens upon an abandoned vehicle containing a captain's uniform. Initially putting the outfit on for warmth, he soon finds himself mistaken for an officer with unquestioned power.

Don't miss Robert Redford in 'The Old Man and the Gun' (21. Feb). This American heist film boasts a powerful performance from Redford who portrays real-life career criminal Forrest Tucker, an unrepentant bank robber out for his last taste of glory.

The final film of February is an Australian production. 'The Merger,' (28.Feb) tells the story of a former star footballer who returns to his hometown only to find his political views aren't welcome. When he is persuaded to take over coaching the struggling local footy team, his idea to recruit refugees to make up the numbers takes the community on a journey of change.

The start of March will see the premiere of the US, UK and Irish collaboration 'The Favourite.' This outrageous period comedy stars an enviable ensemble cast of Emma Stone, Oliva Colman and Rachel Weisz. In the early 18th century, a frail and capricious Queen Anne (Colman) sits on England's throne. Her confidant and de facto ruler of England, Lady Sarah (Weisz), is soon to be usurped by a new servant to the Queen, Abigail (Stone).

The second offering of March is 'Burning,' (14. Mar) a mystery thriller based on a short story by world-renowned author Haruki Murakami and directed by South Korean director Lee Chang-dong. Jong-soo (Yoo Ah-in) is a rival for the affection of Hae-mi (Jeon Jong-seo) who is also pursued by Ben (Steven Yeun).

From the acclaimed screenwriter of 'Let the Right One In,' comes the Swedish feature-length film 'Border.' (28. Mar). Described by The New Yorker as 'a fever dream of madness, a remarkable feat of pure imagination and outré filmmaking,' Border tells the tale of a customs officer who can smell fear. When the officer develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveller while aiding a police investigation, she is forced to call into question her entire existence. Shocking and provocative, 'Border,' is not to be missed.

April will see the premiere of 'Foxtrot,' (04. Apr) winner Grand Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival 2017. This Israeli film tells the story of a couple informed that their son Jonathan has died in the line of duty in the Israeli army. As they come to terms with the news and prepare for the funeral, they're informed that a horrifying mistake has been made. Meanwhile, we get a glimpse into Jonathan's life manning an isolated checkpoint.

Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar Best Picture winning 'Moonlight' (2016) with 'If Beale Street Could Talk' (11. Apr). In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. This beautifully crafted lyrical tale of joy and heartbreak is based on James Baldwin's novel of the same name.

The final film of the Sligo Film Society season won the Jury Award at Cannes Film Festival 2018. Director Nadine Labaki's 'Capernaum' (18. Apr) is a powerful Lebanese drama, chronicling the beleaguered life of 12-year-old Zain (Al Rafeea). Overcome with anger, when his 11-year-old sister is married off, Zain escapes from his parents and begins a journey that leads to him filing a lawsuit against his parents for giving birth to him. 'Capernaum' stunningly portrays Zain's anger, determination and courage.

And when Sligo Film Society concludes, aemi touring programme will showcase a series of short films curated by artists Sarah Browne and Vivienne Dick on Thursday, April 25th and May 2nd.

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