Believing that his life is coming to an end, 77 year-old Daya decides that he must travel to the Indian holy city of Varanasi so that he may attain salvation before dying. His overworked son Rajiv reluctantly accompanies him. Hotel Salvation is a charming comedy-drama about death that, at its heart, is a delightful, poignant celebration of life.
Dir: Shubhashish Bhutiani /India/ 2016 / 99 mins
Starring: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni
Larry and Sophie, two people with intellectual disabilities, long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart.
Dir: Len Collin / Ireland / 2016 / 87 mins
Starring: Stephen Marcus, Tara Breathnach, Amy -Joyce Hastings
Among the snowy high-rises of modern Moscow lives stocky salesman Boris and Zhenya, a youthful salon owner. Having migrated to shiny new partners, the couple’s relationship is coming to a bitter end and the fate of their 12-year-old son Alyosha is the last thing on their minds. When Alyosha goes missing without a trace, his parents can barely grieve in unison.
Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev / Russia / France / 2018 / 127 mins
Starring: Maryaha Spivak, Alekseï Rozine, Varvara Shmykova
You find true friendship in the craziest of places! Gabriel is a chaotic young rock drummer desperate to hide his recent bipolar diagnosis from his increasingly exasperated band mates. When forced to bond with Christopher, an institutionalised 17-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, it results in a very unlikely friendship.
Dir: Nick Kelly / Israel / Ireland / 2017 / 92 mins
Starring: Dermot Murphy, Jacob McCarthy, Charlie Kelly, Peter Coonan
Layla, Salma and Nour – three Palestinian women with Israeli citizenship – share an apartment in the vibrant centre of Tel Aviv. Despite being ‘independent,’ each of them struggles with the restrictions imposed on their lives by a blinkered society. Maysaloun Hamoud’s remarkable feature debut, explores the challenges facing young Arab-Israeli women who must negotiate being ‘in between’ cultures and traditions.
Dir: Maysaloun Hamoud / Israel / France / 2016 / 103 mins
Starring: Mouna Hawa, Shaden Kanboura, Santa Jammalieh
Language: Arabic / Hebrew
As some of you will know this January we celebrate our 10th anniversary. There have been some ups & downs as we struggled financially in the earlier years, but thanks mainly to the BFI Film Forever project administered through Film Hub NI we were able to get some funds which have helped us enormously. We have also got some funding from FODC in the latter years to help us pay the Cinema Licence, & a small grant towards the hire of the Ardhowen for our anniversary event so it’s looking good as we move into our 10th year!
Please come along our afternoon/evening celebration and there will be some good Irish Shorts playing on a loop after the students screenings, some music & snacks & the Feature film is the unmissable ‘THE FLORIDA PROJECT’ – NB earlier time of 7:30
There will also be a selection of short films including Melmoth The Wanderer by Nora Windeck & Eoin Heaney & Shorts from the Irish Film Board 2016…
The Florida Project (2017)
‘Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.’
Melmoth The Wanderer
Director: Eoin Heaney
Producer: Nora Windeck
Starring: Olwen Fouéré, Marie Ruane, Tom O’Sullivan
Synopsis: Based on the cult Gothic horror novel by Charles Maturin, Melmoth The Wanderer is a macabre story of the search for immortality.
A random encounter has unexpected and life-changing consequences for three characters in Rosalie Blum, a quirky, heart-warming tale based on the graphic novel trilogy by French artist Camille Jourdy. This enchanting directorial debut from French screenwriter Julian Rappeneau is a witty and ingeniously crafted comedy. Presented with the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français.
Dir: Julian Rappeneau / France / 2016 / 95 mins
Cast: Noémie Lvovsky, Kyan Khojandi, Alice Isaaz, Sara Giraudeau