Monday 20 November 2017

Film season begins at the Model

The Model Cinema in partnership with Sligo Film Society returns to the usual Thursday evening slot with a packed programme of the latest and best in international and independent film.

The spring season promises to offer a wide range of exciting film for movies buffs in Sligo.

Big-name directors such as Ken Loach and Jim Jarmusch feature in the listings.

Kenneth Lonergan's 'Manchester by the Sea' which is currently snapping up award nominations is also one to watch out for. Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, whose work has been shown previously at The Model, also feature this season with 'The Unknown Girl', a film with a striking performance from lead Adèle Haenel.

Andrea Arnold's epic road movie 'American Honey' just fresh off the festival circuit brings an energetic number to the programme. It tells the story of a rag-tag bunch of teen magazine hustlers in the American mid-west.

At the other end of the scale, much notice has been given to the breakout film 'The Childhood of the Leader' from first-time director Brady Corbett.

Based on a short story by Jean Paul Sartre it tells the chilling tale of the makings of a fascist leader, set amidst the backdrop of the Versaille Treaty negotiations.

The subject of war features in two further films Aleksander Sokurov's fiction/documentary hybrid 'Fancofonia' which revisits the Louvre in Nazi occupied France and true story 'The Fencer.' The Fencer is a redemptive account of Endel Nelis, a champion fencer forced to flee from Russian secret police and who then becomes a teacher and father-figure to traumatised students - mostly war orphans - at a remote Estonia school.

Fans of comedy will not be disappointed either. Quirky foster-father and son tale 'The Hunt for the Wilderpeople' is big-hearted and full of magic. Rounding off the programme for Spring 2017 is Spanish family drama come road movie caper 'The Olive Tree.' It will bring the season to a close on 13th April.

All screenings start at 8pm and The Gallery Café is open beforehand serving small plates, wine and hot drinks. Individual tickets for each film are available from Sligo Film Society and at the Model on the night. For more details see

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