The Skin I Live In

Briery Gap – Macroom

 

Monday October 24th @ 8.30 pm

 

Potiche

Dir: François Ozon France 2010 103 mins Cert: 15A

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Jeremie Renier, Judith Godreche

Language: French

 

Sainte-Gudule, northern France, 1977: Suzanne is the submissive, housebound wife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol, who oversees his umbrella factory with an iron fist and is equally tyrannical with his children and “trophy wife”.

When the workers go on strike and take Robert hostage, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone’s surprise, she proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action.

But when Robert returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated… – Venice International Film Festival 2010

 

Monday November 7th @ 8.30 pm

 

Bal (Honey)

Dir: Semih Kaplanoglu Germany/Turkey 2010 103 Cert: CLUB

Starring: Bora Altas, Erdal Besikcioglu, Tülin Özen, Alev Ucarer, Ayse Altay

Language: Turkish

 

From the complicated relationship between a child and his mother to the story of a child and his father.

The final part of the trilogy arrives at Yusuf’s childhood although the sense of time and place is deliberately distorted as dream sequences converge with reality in six-year-old Yusuf’s story.

As he goes through the trauma of beginning school, he refuses to talk and dreams are his only way to communicate.

Young Bora Alta? is remarkable as Yusuf and there is some superlative photography by Bar?? Özbiçer.

Set in the remote and undeveloped eastern Black Sea region, BAL is a beautiful meditation on familial love and the mysteries of nature. – 16th London Turkish Film Festival 2010.

Winner – Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival 2010.

 

Monday November 21 @ 8.30 pm

 

In a Better World

Dir: Susanna Bier Denmark 2010 119 mins Cert: TBC

Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, William Jøhnk Juels Nielsen, Markus Rygaard

Language: Danish, English

 

A film about family issues placed in a broader social context, the title In A Better World reflects how much Bier and regular screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen long for one.

Two preteen boys in Denmark become friends at school.

One is the regular punching bag for the school bully; his father (brilliant performance by Mikael Persbrandt) is a non-violent doctor who treats the displaced in a sub-Saharan Africa refugee camp

The other boy is a brat who has lost his mother. His anger is displaced onto a social order he perceives as abusive, and he adopts the philosophy of preventive aggression. – Sarajevo Film Festival 2011

Winner – Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film 2011

 

Monday December 5th @ 8.30 pm

 

The Skin I Live In

Dir: Pedro Almodovar Spain 2011 117 mins Cert: 16

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes

Language: Spanish

 

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her.

After 12 years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault.

In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig.

Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig… – Cannes Film Festival 2011 on Easter 1916.

 

Admission €7.00

Matinees screenings to recommence shortly.