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May 2022

CINEMA: Great Freedom (Grosse Freiheit)

Monday 30th May, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (earlybird) /€9 (on the door)

The exquisite latest film from writer-director Sebastian Meise, Great Freedom paints a stirring portrait of gay resistance and resilience in post-war Germany. Sensual yet arresting, Austria’s official submission to the 2022 Academy Awards turns a humanist eye towards a heartrending past. Unfolding across three decades, this drama traces the repeated imprisonment of one man under Paragraph 175 — a law criminalizing homosexual activity. After being “liberated” by Allied forces in 1945, Hans is transferred directly from a concentration camp to prison to…

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June 2022

CINEMA: Belfast

Monday 13th June, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird)/€9 (on door)

From lauded director Kenneth Branagh, and starring an acclaimed ensemble cast, Belfast is a personal and joyful story about the power of memory, set in late 1960s Northern Ireland. At the centre of the film is Buddy, a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks, and a blossoming romance. Yet, with his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the conflict will pass or…

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CINEMA: Master Cheng

Monday 20th June, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (earlybird)/€9 (on the door)

Following the death of his wife, professional chef Cheng travels with his young son to a remote village in Finland to connect with a man he once met in Shanghai. Upon arrival, nobody in the village seems to know his friend but local café owner Sirkka offers him accommodation and in return Cheng helps her in the kitchen surprising the locals with the delights of Chinese cuisine. Gradually his cooking encourages these vastly different cultures to connect, and Cheng is…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: Dating Amber

Tuesday 21st June, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (earlybird)/€9 (on the door)

Dating Amber is a poignant, honest and funny look at the highs and lows of teenage life where the only way to fit in is to not be yourself, even if this goes against your very being. Set in Ireland (some familiar Kildare locations!) during the mid-90’s, Eddie and Amber decide to stage a relationship in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality. Eddie is keen to follow his Dad into the military, while Amber dreams of moving to…

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CINEMA: The Duke

Monday 27th June, 2022 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly - he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later…

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