The Model welcomes back Sligo Film Society after their summer break for a new season of international and independent film for the autumn / winter months. Screening every Thursday at 8pm in The Model Cinema, the new programme packs in fourteen titles from nine different countries covering comedy, thrillers, war, period dramas and experimental works.
The season opened on 14 September with some black comedy from Sweden; the Scandinavians have proven adept over the years at funny cantankerous elder citizens and in A Man Called Ove our title character spins a darkly feel-good tale in his attempts to deal with the loss of his wife. Bookending the season is another comedy, The Midwife a tender affair from France which unites two of the country’s favourite actresses Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot.
In between, there is very much a Gallic flavour to this season with French films featuring heavily; the Isabelle Huppert starring Elle is the first of these, she gives a towering performance in Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven’s dark psycho-drama. There follows The White Knights, a true story of French aid workers in West Sudan who plotted to smuggle orphans to pre-paid adoptive parents; the political thriller Scribe is a tense affair that delves into the murky world of surveillance and the aforementioned The Midwife.
There is also a literary thread running through the programme, with the biopic of Emily Dickenson A Quiet Passion a highlight, the film was lauded for director Terence Davies’ moving account of the deeply reclusive poet; changing gear completely is Neruda, a free-wheeling suspense caper taking a year in the life of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda when he went on the run and fled his native Chile. Staying in the South American country is Endless Poetry the autobiographical adventure from the surrealist master, Alejandro Jodorowsky. The octogenarian auteur has not lost any of his creative spark and this familial drama is energetic and a visually vibrant experience.
Further highlights come in the shape of The Salesman which took the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film and is a taut drama set in Iran exploring the moral questions a couple face after a sudden violent act occurs in their apartment; another award winner to feature is Insyriated which took the audience prize at Berlinale 2017, and tackles the Syrian conflict from the point of view of a group of tenants barricaded inside their besieged apartment block over the course of 24 hours.
The season runs between September and December, full details of each film in the programme can be viewed on The Model website or by picking up the Sligo Film Society brochure. The Model Café will be open late on cinema nights and launches a pre-show tapas menu from inhouse chef Juan Herbi. A selection of tea, coffee, cakes and wine will also be served prior to each screening.
A Man Called Ove Sponsored by Mullaney’s Solicitors
Director: Hannes Holm Sweden, Norway 2016
116 min Language: Swedish
Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida
2017 Best Foreign Language Film nominee.
This Swedish feelgood comedy-drama tells the
story of Ove, an unemployed widower struggling with life since the death of his
wife. A string of suicide attempts are thwarted by comically mundane
interruptions which introduce him to new neighbour Parvaneh and her two
engaging children. Darkly comic but sensitively told, with a remarkable lead
Dir: Cristian Mungiu Romania, France, Belgium,
128 mins Language: Romanian
Cast: Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus.
A Romanian physician lives with his wife and
teenage daughter Eliza. On the eve of her final school exams, Eliza is
assaulted, jeopardizing her scholarship to study Psychology at a prestigious
University in England. Her father has to call on a system of ‘favours’ to help
solve the situation, exposing his family to a web of dishonesty and moral
Elle Sponsored by Mullaney’s Solicitors
Dir: Paul Verhoeven France, Germany 2016
131 min Language: French
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte.
Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) the single-minded
director of a successful videogame company is violently attacked by a masked
intruder in her home. Instead of calling the police, she moves on
matter-of-factly with her busy life. However when the rapist starts to send her
anonymous texts Michèle decides to take matters into her own hands. Golden
Globe 2017 – Best Actress Isabelle Huppert
The Salesman Sponsored by Sweet Beat Cafe
Dir: Asghar Farhadi 125 minutes, Iran, France,
Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak
Best foreign language film winner at the 2017
The Salesman is a characteristically taut drama
from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) exploring the moral
questions that face a seemingly happily- married couple following a sudden
violent act at the apartment they are temporarily residing in.
Lady Macbeth Sponsored by EBS
Dir: William Oldroyd UK 2016 89 mins
Cast: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton,
Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank
Rural England, 1865. Sold into a loveless
marriage to a bitter man twice her age, Katherine (Florence Pugh) embarks on a
passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate. This unleashes a
force inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she
The White Knights
Dir: Joachim Lafosse 113min, Belgium,France,
Cast: Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valérie Donzelli
Based on the true story of French aid workers
plotting to smuggle West Sudan orphans to pre-paid adoptive parents in France,
Joachim Lafosse provocative procedural drama portrays good intentions gone
awry. Impressively building emotional tension alongside moral ambiguity, The
White Knights unravels within an impossible situation. Presented with the
support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français.
A Quiet Passion Sponsored by Tir Na N’og
Dir: Terence Davies 125 min, UK, Belgium, 2016
Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff
Cynthia Nixon stars as the legendary poet Emily
Dickinson in this luminous biopic from director Terence Davis. Leading a deeply
introverted existence it is Emily’s encounters with her mother, father and
sister that provide the hinge around which the film is structured. Davies has
created an extraordinarily moving account of a recluse. You will see no more
beautiful a film this year.
Land of Mine Sponsored by Cosgrove Delicatessan
Dir: Martin Zandvliet 100 min, Denmark, Germany,
Cast: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman
Language: Danish, German
As German occupation of Denmark ends, a group of
young POW’s are assigned to neutralize and remove 45,000 landmines the Nazis
planted in return for being granted their freedom. Based on true events, this
is a tense look at the inhumanity of war and how people can find our way back
Neruda Sponsored by Rhatigan Architects
Dir: Pablo Larrain Chile/Argentina/France 2016,
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes
Language: Spanish, French
Pablo Neruda is well known for his sublime love
poems, but this film brings to the foreground Neruda’s political poetry.
Presented as an elegant, poetic thriller, by eschewing traditional storytelling
techniques, the film draws upon fact and fantasy, and is thus able to explore
creatively the diverse legacy of Pablo Neruda.
Scribe Sponsored by The Cat and the Moon
Dir: Thomas Kruithof Belgium, France 2016, 91
Cast: François Cluzet, Denis Podalydès, Sami
Duval (François Cluzet of The Intouchables fame)
is a recovering alcoholic struggling to find a job. One day, the mysterious
Clement (Denis Podalydès) offers him a job transcribing tape recordings. After
taking up the unusual offer, Duval finds himself embroiled in a shadowy world
of paranoia, political scandal and violence.
Endless Poetry Sponsored by Bookmart
Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky Chile, France 2016,
Cast: Adan Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Brontis
Jodorowsky, Lenadro Taub, Alejandro Jodorowsky
In 1940s Santiago de Chile, 20-year-old Alejandro
Jodorowsky vows to become a poet against the will of his disciplinarian father.
Leaving home, he is immersed in a spectacular world of poetic and artistic
experimentation. Endless Poetry is an autobiographical portrayal of creative
exuberance told through Jodorowsky’s dreamlike, kaleidoscopic visual language.
Dir: Philippe Van Leeuw 85 mins, Belgium, 2016
Cast: Hiam Abbass, Diamand Abou Abboud, Juliette
Navis, Mohsen Abbas
Set over 24 hours in a besieged Damascus
apartment, the remaining tenants headed by Oum (Abbass), have baracaded
themselves inside as they await the return of her husband. As the hours pass
the external threats creep closer and internal recriminations and panic
Suntan Sponsored by Hargadon’s Bar
Dir: Argyris Papadimitropoulos Greece/Germany
2017, 104 min
Language: Greek, English, Contains flashing
Cast: Makis Papadimitriou, Elli Tringou, Dimi
Forty-something Dr Kostis arrives on the holiday
resort island of Antiparos and becomes increasingly obsessed with a group of
hedonistic young tourists. They are beautiful and cruel to him, toying with his
emotional and sexual needs as Kostis is drawn into the clubs on
warm summer nights, desperately looking for some
kind of love, at any cost.
The Midwife Sponsored by Sullivan’s Bar
Dir: Martin Provost 117 min, France, 2017
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier
Provost (Violette, Seraphine) unites two of
Frances favourite actors in this tender comedy drama about rediscovery and
female friendship. Claire (Frot) is the conscientious midwife of the title, a
single mother living a muted life. Until one day Beatrice (Deneuve), her
father’s care-free ex girlfriend makes contact, bringing chaos, joy and
memories of happier times.