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September 2017

CINEMA: The Other Side of Hope

Monday 25th September, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Finland’s master of deadpan comedy, Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, Le Havre), returns with the story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. Winner of the Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director, it’s a beautiful, timely film from one of the world's leading auteurs. Khaled (Sherwan Haji) arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Finland. With hilarious sight gags, poker-faced…

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October 2017

CINEMA: The Beguiled

Monday 2nd October, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Sophia Coppola won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival for this film in which she crafts an atmosphere of dreaminess and softness, where repressed desires surface in this Southern Gothic tale of female sexual jealousy. Set in 1864 during the American Civil War in the sun-dappled state of Virginia, a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) is given shelter within an all-female boarding school. His allure soon awakens sexual feelings in Marta (Nicole Kidman), Edwina (Kirsten Dunst) and…

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CINEMA: The Student

Monday 9th October, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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A high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him. Challenged by a teacher who refuses to consent to his dogma, he sets out to eliminate her and subdue an entire community. At a time when arguments over the teaching of religion in public schools are prominent in the media, this wildly escalating classroom drama - based on a play by German playwright…

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CINEMA: Land of Mine

Monday 16th October, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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May 1945, German occupation of Denmark ends. A group of young POW’s are assigned to embittered Army Sgt. Rassmussen, their job is to neutralize and remove some 45,000 landmines the Nazis planted on a local beach. Promised that once their work is complete they will be free to return home the group are brutalised, starved and subjected to numerous humilitations by the liberated Danes. As Rassmussen begins to recognise the innocence and youth in his charges he softens to their…

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CINEMA: The Love Witch

Monday 23rd October, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to the Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, The Love Witch explores female fantasy and the repercussions of…

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November 2017

The White Knights

Monday 6th November, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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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. Vincent Lindon excels as the charismatically stoic but selectively principled NGO Jacques. No simply answer can be found, as Jacques embroils himself and his team in an impossible situation that grows steadily worse. Sustaining an emotional tension alongside moral ambiguity, The White Knights, is a captivating portrayal of an…

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Lady MacBeth

Monday 13th November, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband's estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Lady Macbeth outclasses many of its peers in British period cinema, not because of its bold use of sex and violence,…

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A Man Called Ove

Monday 20th November, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is a retiree struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife - a struggle that he angrily takes out on his neighbours by strictly enforcing the estate rules. Ove’s world is unexpectedly turned upside down when a young family move in next door. Despite his initial resistance, Ove slowly forms a bond with his new neighbours and discovers a whole new side of life... Based on a novel and nominated for Best Foreign Language…

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Inversion

Monday 27th November, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Behnam Behzadi’s film is a sombre, subdued family drama set in Tehran about the insidious patriarchal forces that conspire, almost without entirely knowing it and certainly without admitting it, against independent-minded women. It is a misogynist oppression as all-pervasive as the smog that settles everywhere on the city. Toxic air puts an elderly woman in hospital with doctor’s orders to leave the city for cleaner climes. Someone must move north with her, and her family soon decide that her unmarried,…

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December 2017

Cinema: Frantz

Monday 4th December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Frantz finds writer-director François Ozon thoughtfully probing the aftermath of World War I through the memories and relationships of loved ones left behind. Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, Frantz recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war's "lost generation": Anna, a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien, a French veteran of the war who…

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Cinema: After The Storm

Monday 11th December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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 Ryota  wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to…

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Cinema: The Midwife

Monday 18th December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Director Martin Provost (Violette, Seraphine) unites two of Frances favourite actors in his tender comedy drama about female friendship and rediscovery. Catherines Deneuve and Frot play very different women whose shaky reconnection after a number of decades allows them both to learn valuable life lessons from one another. Claire (Frot) is the conscientious Midwife of the title, a single mother whose reservations and self-restraint have left her living an isolated life. Until the day her deceased father’s ex-girlfriend makes contact.…

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