The Model Sligo has announced a new Spring season of film at The Model Cinema in partnership with Sligo Film Society.
Sligo Film Society returns to The Model for the second edition of it’s 2017/2018 film programme, with a new season of 14 titles which commences this Thursday 11 January. The season runs until 19 April, with films from around the world including Bulgaria, France, Italy, Norway, Russia, Senegal, UK and US but there is also a strong Irish flavour. Membership will be open on the first night to avail of a concessionary ticket for all 14 films but it is also possible to pay per screening, tickets cost just €8 or €6 (unwaged, retired, students).
The opening film is the timely ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’
, based on the memoire by actor Peter Turner of his on-off relationship with Hollywood legend Gloria Grahame, whose career faded when she got blacklisted in the 1950s. This love story lays the foundations for a slew of films exploring similar themes, some conventional others unconventional from critics’ darling, the sumptuously filmed ‘Call Me By Your Name’,
the Irish crowd-pleaser ‘Sanctuary’
, winner of Best First Irish Feature at Galway Film Fleadh (2016) and offbeat rom-com ‘Rosalie Blum’
. Providing a slight tonal shift amongst these is Norwegian thriller ‘Thelma’
, this supernatural fantasy is wrapped up in a coming-of-age drama.
From there a number of films use the bond of family to examine tales of human nature and morality. In particular, three female-focused stories tell of resilience – ‘Félicité
’, ‘The Florida Project’, ‘The Devine Order’
; Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos looks at retribution when teen Barry Keoghan invites himself into Colin Farrell’s picture-perfect domestic idyll in ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’;
turning their eye on middle-class selfishess are Michael Haneke’s black comedy ‘Happy End’
and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’.
From Bulgaria, government corruption and the urban-rural social divide is given over to dark comedy in ‘Glory’ when a loner railroad worker becomes the focus for a media-circus after finding a bag load of cash, while social satire ‘The Square’
went away from Cannes with the top prize last year, finally the season ends with the recent Golden Globe winning ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.
Directed by London-Irish theatre stalwart Martin McDonagh, with a stirring performance from Frances McDormund as an enraged mother seeking justice in the case of her daughter’s unsolved murder, it will surely be in the hunt for Oscars later in the spring.
All screenings commence at 8pm, The Model Café will be open ahead of each screening serving drinks and refreshments.