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December 2022

CINEMA: Both Sides of the Blade

Monday 5th December, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Claire Denis’ piercing exploration of married life features a trio of powerful performances by Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon and Grégoire Colin. Sara (Binoche) and Jean (Lindon) have been together for ten years. Happy in their relationship, the couple first met when Sara was living with François (Colin), Jean’s best friend. Now, years after she last saw him, Sara catches a glimpse of François on the street. He doesn’t see her, but shortly after the encounter, he reconnects with Jean. Slowly,…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: Nothing Compares

Thursday 8th December, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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The extraordinary early career of Sinéad O’Connor is covered in the fascinating documentary Nothing Compares. Focusing on the years 1987-1993, the film looks at her troubled upbringing, her first steps into music, the meteoric rise she enjoyed after the release of her legendary single Nothing Compares 2U, and the very public protests that put her in the crosshairs of a cruel tabloid media. What emerges is a testament to a brilliant artist and impassioned activist, as well as an insight into a…

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CINEMA: See How They Run

Monday 12th December, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and eager rookie Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theatre underground, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril. Directed by Tom Georgre | 98 mins | Cert 12A

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CINEMA: Robust (Robuste)

Monday 19th December, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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George, an aging film star, who is known for being difficult, relies heavily on his security guard, Lalou, who is more of a personal assistant than security detail. When Lalou needs to take some leave, Aïssais appointed as his replacement. She Is a semi-pro wrestler who earns a living as a security officer. Between this pragmatic young bodyguard and disenchanted renowned actor, a singular bond begins to take root. Despite their individual differences, life has shaped them in ways more…

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January 2023

CINEMA: The Banshees of Inisherin

Monday 16th January, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Set during the Irish Civil War, on a coastal island, lifelong friends Pádraic and Colm suddenly find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly ends their friendship. A stunned Pádraic endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, the whole village become involved in the standoff, with events swiftly escalating with shocking consequences. With his latest film offering Martin McDonagh brings us a gentle and brutal tale of a…

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CINEMA: The Lost King

Monday 23rd January, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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In 2012, having been lost for over 500 years, the remains of King Richard III were discovered beneath a carpark in Leicester. The search had been orchestrated by an amateur historian, Philippa Langley, whose unrelenting research had been met with incomprehension by her friends and family and with scepticism by experts and academics. The Lost King is the life-affirming true story of a woman who refused to be ignored and who took on the country's most eminent historians, forcing them…

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CINEMA: The Woman King

Monday 30th January, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

The African kingdom of Dahomey, 1823. General Nanisca leads the Agojie, an all-female group of warriors. A young woman named Nawi is taken in as an Agojie recruit, but it soon becomes clear Nanisca has a surprise connection with the new arrival. Meanwhile, Dahomey’s King Ghezo looks to make sweeping changes to the way the kingdom does business. But war is brewing with a rival empire involved in the slave trade… The Woman King is an epic historical action film…

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February 2023

CINEMA: Corsage

Monday 13th February, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Vienna 1877: Empress Elizabeth of Austria turns 40. Always famed for her beauty, Elizabeth is also a curious and intelligent woman, with a keen passion for life. But under increased public scrutiny, she finds herself battling between conforming as a mere “trophy” figure with a tiny waist (maintained by her tight corsets), or rebelling against expectations and pursuing the freedom she craves. Actress Vicky Krieps not only stars as Elizabeth, but also originated the idea for Corsage, making it a…

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CINEMA: Alcarràs

Monday 20th February, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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For over eighty years the Solé family has farmed in Alcarràs, a small village in Spain’s Catalonia region. But as they prepare to spend the summer picking this year’s crop of peaches, they find themselves facing eviction and an uncertain future. Carla Simón’s follow-up to her stunning debut Summer 1993 won the top prize at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival. Directed by Carla Simón | 120 mins | Cert tbc

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SPECIAL SCREENING: The Ordinaries

Monday 27th February, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Have you ever felt like a supporting character in your own life? Sophie Linnenbaum’s daring and original film imagines what it would be like if you really were one. It tells of Paula - a supporting character in a movie - who dreams of having her own storyline by attending Main Character School and becoming a lead. A clever satire about identity and exclusion, The Ordinaries sees a woman battling these themes playfully in a filmic meta world. Directed by Sophie…

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March 2023

CINEMA: Aftersun

Monday 6th March, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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11-year-old Sophie and her father Calum travel to a holiday resort in Turkey for a relaxing sunshine break. As they lounge by the pool and explore the tourist sights, they record their trip on a camcorder. Twenty years later, an adult Sophie looks back on the holiday and her relationship with her father - both the fond memories and the things that have been lost forever. The extraordinary debut feature from Scottish writer/director Charlotte Wells is an achingly tender portrait…

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CINEMA: Utama

Monday 13th March, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Winner of the World Dramatic prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Utama, ‘our home’ in Quechuan dialect, is a beautifully observed film set in the Bolivian highlands, during an uncommonly long drought. Elderly Quechua couple, Virginio and his wife Sisa, are experiencing the devastating erosion of their land and their traditional ways of life. Like so many before them, they must choose to either endure or to leave, letting go of their Quechua culture, and move to the city with…

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CINEMA: Aisha

Monday 20th March, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Aisha Osagie is a young woman who fled Nigeria after members of her family were killed. Ending up in Ireland, she is placed in the direct provision system while seeking asylum. She tries her best to eke out a living, but is frustrated by the unstable nature of her accommodation situation. In one centre, she befriends local security guard Conor. But as the two grow closer, Aisha struggles with the increasing precariousness of her life in Ireland. The excellent new…

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CINEMA: Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

Monday 27th March, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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In 1957 London, Mrs. Ada Harris, (Lesley Manville) a widowed cleaning lady, becomes taken with one client's haute couture Dior dress. Inspired to buy her own, Ada starts to save her pennies to fulfil her dream. After suddenly receiving a back-dated war-widow's pension windfall, she travels to Paris to do so. She stumbles into a showing of Dior's 10th anniversary collection and is befriended by André, the Dior accountant, and Natasha, a Dior model. However, the Dior director, Claudine (Isabelle…

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April 2023

CINEMA: Return to Dust

Monday 3rd April, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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In the rural Gansu region of China, Ma and Cao are two people who are only seen as inconveniences by their respective families. They are cast off and forced into an arranged marriage. Living a simple but challenging farming life, the couple gradually fall in love. Together, they decide to build their own house. However, a state-ordered demolition process threatens their very way of life. The latest film from director Li Ruijun is a patient, tender story of survival and…

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CINEMA: Vengeance

Monday 17th April, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Vengeance, the directorial debut from writer and star B.J. Novak (The Office), is a darkly comic thriller about Ben Manalowitz, a journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with. With an ensemble cast that includes Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, Boyd Holbrook, J. Smith-Cameron and Dove Cameron. Directed by B.J. Novak | 107 mins | Cert 15A https://youtu.be/hRZE9W7zWIs

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CINEMA: The Rose Maker

Monday 24th April, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Eve was once a champion rose grower, but after years without a big success her business is on the verge of collapse. She reluctantly starts to consider selling to a successful competitor. In a last-ditch effort to save their livelihoods, Eve’s secretary Rosa brings on three inexperienced workers to help out. Despite her initial hostility to the idea, the new arrivals soon inspire Eve to give rose-designing one last shot… A charming and witty comedy-drama, The Rose Maker is a…

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