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SPECIAL SCREENING: Nothing Compares

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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CINEMA: See How They Run

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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CINEMA: Robust (Robuste)

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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CINEMA: The Banshees of Inisherin

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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PREVIEW: Lakelands – followed by Q&A

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Lakelands is the debut feature from Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney whose short film Drifting, starring the BAFTA-winning Paul Mescal, premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last year to critical acclaim. After an attack on a night out, a young Gaelic footballer, Cian, struggles to comes to terms with a career-ending injury. Lakelands follows him

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CINEMA: The Lost King

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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CINEMA: The Woman King

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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CINEMA: Corsage

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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CINEMA: Alcarràs

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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SPECIAL SCREENING: North Circular

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

North Circular is a documentary musical that travels the length of Dublin's North Circular Road, from the Phoenix Park to Dublin Port, exploring the history, music and streetscapes of a street that links some of the country's most beloved and infamous places. Told in black and white 4:3 Academy ratio, the film evokes many narratives

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SPECIAL SCREENING: The Ordinaries

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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CINEMA: Aftersun

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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CINEMA: Utama

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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CINEMA: Aisha

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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CINEMA: Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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CINEMA: Return to Dust

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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,

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CINEMA: Vengeance

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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,

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CINEMA: The Rose Maker

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

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

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CINEMA: Armageddon Time

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

New York City, 1980. Paul is a middle-class Jewish-American boy who dreams of being an artist, much to the disapproval of his strict parents Esther and Irving. As a new school year starts, Paul befriends Johnny - the only Black student in his class. Their friendship solidifies as they repeatedly find themselves getting into trouble

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CINEMA: The Beasts

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

French couple Antoine and Olga have fulfilled their lifelong dream of moving to the Galician countryside to set up their own small farm. Their refusal to sell their land to developers has created tensions with their neighbours, local brothers Xan and Loren, who want the development money for a chance at a new life in

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CINEMA: Till

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Till tells the heart-breaking true story of the historic lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till —for whistling at a white woman in Money, Mississippi in 1955 —through the eyes of his mother Mamie Till-Mobley. Till-Mobley becomes a revolutionary by insisting that the world witness the horror of her brutally maimed son’s body in an open casket

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CINEMA: EO

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

EO is a grey donkey, living in a travelling circus where he performs alongside his beloved owner Sandra. But when circumstances outside of his control separate him from his mistress and the only life he has ever known, EO begins an adventurous journey through the modern European countryside. Along the way he has many encounters

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SPECIAL SCREENING: Blue Jean

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

England, 1988. New education laws from Thatcher’s government threaten to further stigmatise homosexuality. Jean, recently divorced, is now in a happy relationship with her girlfriend Viv. Jean works as a PE teacher in a secondary school, but there she keeps her sexuality a secret. However, everything changes for her after she’s spotted by a student

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CINEMA: The Fabelmans

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

New Jersey, 1952. Sammy Fabelman is the young son of Mitzi (Michelle Williams) and Burt (Paul Dano). A trip to a Cecil B DeMille movie is a transformative experience for Sammy, and his parents encourage him to start making 8mm home movies. As the years pass, Sammy’s filmmaking ambitions continue to grow… but he also

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Run of the Mill Presents Connections

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

An evening with Run of the Mill I listen I see The past it's in me There's a lot of connections Award winning inclusive arts organisation Run of the Mill presents an evening of screenings to celebrate our recent work platforming artists with intellectual disabilities in Kildare and beyond. Incorporating the world premiere screening of Connections, a new poetry

free, booking essential

Asteroid City

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

America, 1955. A grieving photographer and his four children find themselves stranded in the remote Asteroid City after their car breaks down. They’re soon joined by dozens of people who’ve arrived for the final of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention. However, a dramatic development during a rare astronomical phenomenon leaves the visitors stuck together in

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406 Days: The Debenhams Picket Line

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The Incredible story of the Debenhams Ireland Picket Line. On April 9th, 2020, nearly 1,000 Irish Debenhams workers, most of them women, received a generic email telling them they were being made redundant. So began the longest-ever Irish industrial dispute in Ireland. The workers remained on the picket lines, through the Covid-19 pandemic, for 406

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La Syndicaliste

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

La Syndicaliste tells the extraordinary real-life story of Irish woman Maureen Kearney (Isabelle Huppert), a senior trade union representative-turned-whistle-blower in a French nuclear power company. Maureen’s efforts to expose top-secret deals met with fierce resistance from powerful people. Her life was turned upside down when she was violently assaulted in her own home - made

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Chevalier

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

18th century France - Bologne, the illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, becoming part of Marie-Antoinette's royal inner circle. However, Bologne falls out of favour with the Dauphine and her court when he tries to become head

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Beau is Afraid

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Beau Wasserman lives in a constant state of paranoia and anxiety. He plans to visit his mother, but disappoints her when he misses his flight. When his mother is then killed in a freak accident, Beau scrambles to make the funeral. However, he keeps encountering strange and treacherous obstacles - beginning with a chaotic home

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Small, Slow but Steady

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

An award-winning sports drama. Keiko surprises everyone when she overcomes adversity to win her first two boxing fights. But when an unexpected incident threatens the closure of her gym, she is pushed further than she thought possible. A powerful adaption of Keiko Ogasawara's memoir Makenaide! Directed by Shô Miyake | 99 mins | Cert TBC

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Sunlight

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Former heroin addict Leon (Barry Ward) loves his best friend Iver (Liam Carney), his former sponsor, the man who saved him.  Now Iver is terminally ill and Leon is his devoted carer. But Iver has decided to end his life on his terms, peacefully, with the assistance of nurse Maria, who specialises in assisted dying.

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Afire

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Writer Leon and photographer Felix travel to a holiday home on the Baltic coast for the summer - Leon needs to finish his second book, while Felix works on his portfolio. Their plans are upended when they arrive to find Nadja, an unexpected houseguest, already settled in. Initially irritated by the fun-loving Nadja and her

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Carmen

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

When her mother is killed, Carmen flees Mexico, making a dangerous and illegal border crossing into the US. There she is almost murdered by a lawless volunteer border guard. His patrol partner, Aidan, saves her but shoots his partner dead. Thrown together by this violent act, Carmen and Aidan make their way north toward LA

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The Innocent

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Aquarium worker Abel is furious when he learns his mother Sylvie is marrying a recently paroled inmate named Michel. Abel is determined to protect his mother, and is deeply suspicious about his new stepfather. He ropes in his friend Clemence to help spy on the newly-released Michel. They discover Michel is indeed still involved in

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War Pony

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Gina Gammell and Riley Keough's debut follows the interlocking stories of two Lakota boys growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Bill (Jojo Bapteise Whiting), at twenty-three, just wants to make something of himself and is determined to hustle his way to a better life through odd jobs and get-rich-quick schemes. Twelve-year-old Matho (LaDainian Crazy

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The Eight Mountains

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Over one summer in a remote village in the Italian Alps, 12-year-old city boy Pietro meets and befriends Bruno, the only remaining local child. The strong bond that the pair forms becomes a close friendship that will last over the future decades, with Pietro and Bruno returning to the mountains every summer to reconnect, no

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Master Gardener

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Narvel Roth (Joel Edgerton) is the meticulous horticulturist of Gracewood Gardens. He is as much devoted to tending the grounds of this beautiful and historic estate, as he is to pandering to his employer, the wealthy dowager Mrs Haverhill (Sigourney Weaver). However, chaos enters Narvel’s spartan existence when Mrs Haverhill demands that he take on

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So This Is Christmas

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

So This Is Christmas is the latest documentary from award-winning Irish filmmaker Ken Wardrop (His & Hers). This thoughtful, emotional film looks at the lead-up to Christmas from the perspective of five different individuals & families from the Midlands - from a single mother trying to make ends meet, to an older woman facing the

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FIRST FORTNIGHT: Ballywalter

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Eileen - a sardonic, university drop-out - is back home in Belfast after a failed move to London. She scrapes by working as an unlicensed taxi driver (and a caustic barista). When Shane, who lives in self-exile after his marriage collapsed, calls a taxi, Eileen answers and a surprising connection is made. The pair form

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Napoleon

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Napoleon is a spectacle-filled action epic that details the rise and fall of the iconic French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, played by Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix. Against a stunning backdrop of large-scale filmmaking orchestrated by legendary director Ridley Scott, the film captures Bonaparte's relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with

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The Peasants

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The Peasants tells the story of Jagna, a young woman determined to forge her own path within the confines of a late 19th century Polish village – a hotbed of gossip and on-going feuds, held together, rich and poor, by pride in their land, adherence to colourful traditions and deep-rooted patriarchy. When Jagna finds herself

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Saltburn

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Struggling to fit in at Oxford University, scholarship student and scouser Oliver Quick finds himself drawn into the world of the charming, aristocratic Felix Catton, who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family’s sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten. Written & directed by Academy Award Winner Emerald Fennell, Saltburn is full of

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Anatomy of A Fall

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Sandra, a successful German writer, has been living in the French Alps with her husband Samuel and son Daniel. When Samuel’s dead body is found below one of their chalet’s windows, a police investigation raises many questions. One year later, Sandra is on trial for murder. As the trial proceeds, Sandra and her husband's complex

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Dance First

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Dance First is a sweeping account of the life of 20th century icon Samuel Beckett, played by Gabriel Byrne. Parisian bon vivant, World War II resistance fighter, Nobel Prize-winning playwright, philandering husband and recluse, Samuel Beckett lived a life of many parts. Here we see his life through his mistakes and fraught relationships with James

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