Blackrock library’s first ever film club will show exclusive monthly screenings of arthouse and indie films, as well as classics of cinema, outstanding Irish movies, solid dramas, inventive animation, eye-opening documentaries, intelligent comedies, and cult film favourites. If that wasn’t enough, we will also have guest directors, and even some Irish premieres.
Apart from the films, this is a ‘club’ like no other. Structured like a traditional film club, every screening will open with an Introduction, and will be followed by an open discussion with the audience –a unique experience, which will expand our appreciation of every film (if you rather not talk at the discussion that’s fine, you can always listen!)
Films: 6pm *SHARP, doors open 5.45pm
Tickets €5, can be purchased in advance from Blackrock library, or on the door.
Please note, first come first served.
View the Programme HERE
Season One: Jan-June 2017:
Heroines, Heroes, Villains and Lost Souls
Most heroes and heroines don’t wear capes and masks, and they don’t go about making eardrum-splintering noises. You find them in everyday places: getting the bus for college, standing by a fax machine, buying a paper in the shop, walking the dog. Sometimes they stare back at you when you’re brushing your teeth in the morning.
Villains are everywhere too –the scariest ones are familiar and friendly, or so confident and driven that it seems there must be a reason for their misdeeds. Is cruelty a vice? Can you learn to be good? And how about chancers, survivors, and odd-balls? Who should be celebrated, who forgiven? Who must be stopped right now at any cost?
Join us for six unforgettable screenings, questioning how history, the media, and our own expectations tell the difference between role-models, rascals, rejects, and raging lunatics.
Season One Programme, Intro, and Blurbs: Anne Legarreta ©2017 You are welcome to reproduce this material, but we request that you acknowledge the source.
* Important Notice: Our schedule is subject to change due to availability from Film Distributors.
Thursday 12 January (Carnegie Cinema Club Launch!)
Drama/Irish film, rating: 16
Dir. Carmel Winters, 2010. Ireland, 86 min.
Cast: Aisling O’Sullivan, Stephen Moran, Eileen Walsh
Carmel Winter’s first, but enormously accomplished film, left Irish critics unanimously ecstatic. Her disection of media sensationalism, and her exposure of the ‘villain-hunt’ that takes the place of individual and collective responsibility, was realised through a sophisticated chessgame of hop-and-knock visuals. Winters is finally becoming well known as a dramatist. The September 2016 premiere of Winters’ energetic and abyss-dark play The Remains of Maisie Dugan at the Peacock Theatre, left no one indifferent. The film Snap is another, earlier, leaf from Carmel Winter’s ‘Book of Strange and Uncomfortable Truths’.
Thursday 9 February
His Girl Friday
Classic/screwball comedy, rating: PG
Dir. Howard Hawks, 1928. USA, 92 min.
Cast: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
‘Friday’ was the name of the slave of the castaway Robinson, in the adventure novel Robinson Crusoe. In our film, newspaper journalist Hildy, top news-hound of editor Walter, is his ‘Girl Friday’. The adrenaline fan Hildy is Walter’s best investigative journalist, and he knows it, but she is currently considering early retirement to become a suburban housewife… So what is he going to do about it? Ireland has produced its fair share of tough-as-nails, no-nonsense women journalists since the 1960s -- Rosalind Russell’s character pays tribute to earlier trail-blazers.
Thursday 9 March (Celebrate INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY on 8 March with film!)
■ Retrospective of short documentaries by Irish filmmaker Cara Holmes, rating: PG
Queen of the Plough
*Winner Best Short Documentary, Galway Film Festival 2015
Dir. Cara Holmes, 2015, Ireland, 12 min.
*‘Gaze Back’ Best Irish Shorts Selection at Gaze Film Festival 2016
Dirs. Cara Holmes and Paula Geraghty, 2015, Ireland, 12 min.
*Winner Best Documentary, Ablevision Ireland International Short Film Festival 2016
Dir. Cara Holmes, 2015, Ireland, 16 min.
+ two new short documentaries by Holmes, currently in production!
At the Carnegie Cinema Club, we like to support Irish film, and particularlly all the craftsmanship and creativity of our up-and-coming filmmakers. This very special session of the Carnegie Cinema Club offers an exclussive Retrospective of Cara Holmes’ short documentaries. Our selection highlights Homes’ interest in unofficial histories, in radical community projects, in grassroots campaigns, and in the overlooked heroism of all those who insist on being themselves against a tide of conformity and sameness.
We are delighted to anounce that director Cara Holmes will attend the screening, and will be available for a Q/A after.
Thursday 13 April
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes)
Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland
Cult film/anti-adventure, rating: PG
*note: tickets €3
Dir. Werner Herzog, 1972. West Germany, 93 min.
Cast: Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Ruy Guerra del Negro
Those who have seen this cult film are unlikely to forget it. They’ll remember the sharp greens of the jungle, a living, sinewy mass which will not submit to human, beast, or god. They’ll also remember the choking feeling, as they watched the film, that this great adventure, this great dream, is strewn with so much suffering, that a satisfactory conclusion can not be expected. They’ll remember, certainly, the bony and contorted face of Kinsky’s ‘Aguirre’, the 16th century colonial adventurer who looks like a man, thinks like a god, and acts like a beast. The film is a corrective account of colonialism, which presents itself as a civilising force, but is rotten to the core.
Thursday 11 May 2017
The Painting (Le Tableau)
Animation/film about art, rating: PG
*Best Feature Film at the Festival of European Animated Feature Films 2013
Dir. Jean-Francois Laguinie, 2011. France & Belgium, 75 min.
Cast/Voices: Jessica Monceau, Adrien Larmande, Thierry Jahn
In The Painting, three figures walk out of an unfinished painting, and go on a quest to find the creator who brought to life, and then discarded, their world. If the premise is worthy of Pirandello or Beckett, rather unexpectedly the story turns out to be a study of social inequality. Some characters discriminate against others on account of being ‘better drawn’ or more ‘finished’ than them. Thus, from school bullying to state tyranny, it all boils down to persuading yourself and others that there are ‘reasons’ that ‘explain’ inequality. In The Painting, villains and victims learn that they have to cooperate, and may just have to redraft themselves and their world in order to survive.
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the French Embassy of Ireland.
Thursday 8 June 2017 (Celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20 with the film club)
Issue based film/comedy drama, rating: PG
*Winner FIPRESCI Award (International Federation of Film Critics) at Cannes Film Festival
Dir. Aki Kaurismäki, 2011. Finland, France, Germany, 93 min.
Cast: André Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel
Marcel, a shoeshine living in the port-city of Le Havre, just about gets by on very little. Idrissa, a little boy, is a just-landed illegal African immigrant, the police on his trail, who only owns the wet and scruffy clothes on his back. Marcel offes Idrissa the refuge that Europe denies all the desperate and horror-bitten people arriving undocumented at its gates. Idrissa gives Marcel the appreciation and warmth that our ‘advanced industrial cities’ deny to the poor. Aki Kaurismäki’s signature surrealist touch, off-beat humour, and visual simbolism make this political film genuinely fun to watch. ‘Be a hero,’ the film says, ‘be a saviour, and save your self from your own murderous indifference’.
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the French Embassy of Ireland.