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September 2019

CINEMA: RAFIKI

Monday 23rd September, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Hotly anticipated at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Rafiki tells the story of two young women, Kena and Ziki, who find love despite mounting political and family pressures. Based on Monica Arac de Nyeko’s short story, which won the 2007 Caine Prize for African fiction, director Wanuri Kahiu (Pumzi) adds bold, cutting edge vision to produce one of the freshest Kenyan queer movies to date. Like its equally brilliant predecessor Stories of Our Lives, Rafiki faced a hostile response from…

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CINEMA: FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY

Monday 30th September, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Rural Ireland during the 1960s; teenage traveller Frances (a break-out performance from Hazel Doupe) has to learn to fend for herself and her brother following her father Michael’s (Dara Devaney) imprisonment. Inspired by her father’s love of Muhammad Ali she develops a passion for boxing. When Michael is released, their peaceful life in the camp in picturesque West Cork is uprooted as he decides to take his family back on the road. Patriarchal and controlling, Michael demands that Frances adhere…

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October 2019

SPECIAL SCREENING: THE CAMINO VOYAGE

Thursday 3rd October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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A crew including a Writer, two Musicians, an Artist and a Stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves on an inspiring, and dangerous, 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain. This intimate documentary charts the trials and tribulations of a voyage that in the words of the poet and crew member Danny Sheehy, took “sweat, blood and blisters to complete while deepening and renewing friendships,…

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CINEMA: DIEGO MARADONA

Monday 7th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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When Diego Maradona arrived in Naples in 1984, for a world-record fee, the cities cherished football team was transformed from lowly underachievers to Italian and European Champions. Venerated as a God, Maradona was subsumed into a city riddled with corruption, where even the Devil needed bodyguards. The third film from Asif Kapadia, the Oscar-winning director of Amy, is constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage. Kapadia skilfully unfurls an incredible story of sporting success, the creation of a myth…

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FAMILY CINEMA: PICK OF THE LITTER

Saturday 12th October, 2019 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Cameras follow these pups through an intense two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, these remarkable animals rely on a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human. The stakes…

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CINEMA: SUNSET

Monday 14th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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1913, Budapest, the enigmatic Írisz Leiter (Juli Jakab) arrives in the Hungarian capital to seek employment at her deceased parents’ department store. Treated with suspicion she is rebuffed by new owner Oszkár Brill (Vlad Ivanov). But Írisz return precipitates the unearthing of family secrets and a violent, rogue brother, who is wanted for the murder of a Hungarian count. More expansive and less claustrophobic than his Oscar winning film Son of Saul, Nemes once again keeps his camera close to…

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KRF: Movie Night: The Wind That Shakes The Barley explored by Liz Gillis

Wednesday 16th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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This year Kildare Readers’ Festival embarks on a new venture - 'Movie Night' will explore famous books, events or themes through the medium of film. For 2019 KRF has teamed up with the County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee to screen Ken Loach's The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a somewhat controversial exploration of the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. Author and historian, Liz Gillis will be in attendance to discuss her book on the…

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CINEMA: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Monday 21st October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Los Angeles under a flaming sunset, rows of towering palm trees swaying in the breeze. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's latest masterpiece, is imbued with the aesthetics of the City of Angels' inimitable glamour. Set in 1969, this Hollywood pastiche is the filmmaker's ode to the city of his childhood years, and inevitably stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as Rick and Cliff, inspired by the life of Burt Reynolds. The Hollywood Hills at the height of…

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November 2019

CINEMA: Kursk: The Last Mission

Monday 11th November, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Based on the gripping true story of the Kursk submarine tragedy of 2000 in which 118 men lost their lives, Kursk: The Last Mission is a tense submarine thriller from critically acclaimed director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Far From the Madding Crowd). When a Russian naval exercise goes horribly wrong, the Kursk submarine erupts in flame killing most of the men onboard and sending the trapped survivors to the bottom of sea. Time is running out for Captain Mikhail Averin…

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CINEMA: THE SOUVENIR

Monday 18th November, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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1980’s London. Julie (a breakout performance from Honor Swinton Byrne) is a shy film student from a privileged background, who wants to use her work to better understand the realities of the world. When she meets the older and mysterious Anthony, Julie finds herself caught up in her first serious love affair. While her mother (Tilda Swinton) and friends are concerned about the relationship, Julie remains naively devoted to her new love, even when she unearths an unthinkable secret. Director…

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CINEMA: Birds of Passage

Monday 25th November, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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From the directors of Embrace of the Serpent comes a tale of the Colombian marijuana trade of the 1960/70s and a resulting tribal war, which through greed and corruption caused the downfall of a respected indigenous Wayuu family. When Raphayet pursues Zaida for his bride, he cannot afford the dowry. A chance deal with some Peace Corps volunteers to supply them with marijuana, helps him secure the marriage but starts the family on a tragic path. As tradition, superstition, crime…

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December 2019

CINEMA: TRANSIT

Monday 2nd December, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Like many others, German refugee Georg has fled Paris to escape the impending war. He has assumed the identity of a famous but deceased writer, and plans to use the man’s documentation to obtain a transit visa and immigrate to Mexico. But when Georg encounters the dead man’s wife Marie in Marseille, he finds himself dangerously drawn to her. The latest film from renowned German director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Phoenix) is more than just an adaptation of Anna Seghers' WWII-set…

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CINEMA: PAIN AND GLORY (Dolor y Gloria)

Monday 9th December, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Veteran director Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) currently suffers many health issues, which he blames for the creative rut he finds himself in. As he tries to recover, he reflects on his life. Whilst recalling memories from the past, including those of his humble upbringing by his doting mother (Penélope Cruz), in the present he reconnects with past friends and lovers. Can this journey help him overcome his physical pain and rediscover his creativity? Banderas and Cruz, with whom Almodóvar has…

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CINEMA: BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

Monday 16th December, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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1987, Margaret Thatcher’s England. Javed, a 16-year-old British Pakistani boy, lives in the town of Luton. His father’s recent job termination and the neighborhood skinheads are a daily reminder of the difficult times he’s living in. What young Javed really wants is to be a writer—something his father doesn’t approve of or understand—and when a new friend loans him a few Bruce Springsteen cassettes, Javed is changed forever. The Boss’s working-class anthems and affirming lyrics seem to speak directly to…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: Pavarotti

Thursday 19th December, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Created from a combination of Luciano Pavarotti’s genre-redefining performances and granted access to never-before-seen footage, the film will give audiences around the world a stunningly intimate portrait of the most beloved opera singer of all time. From the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes two-time Academy Award® winning director Ron Howard's documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime. The 1990 World…

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