1 Feb. 2019

February in Film

This February, The Model presents a selection of world-class films that is sure to please cinephiles of all ages. As well as partnering with Sligo Film Society to bring the very best in foreign film to Sligo audiences, The Model’s Secondary School Film programme is back! The Model is also delighted to present #EUandME, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in Ireland and Eclipse Pictures. This exciting new series of shorts directed by E.U. filmmakers will explore key challenges that facing the European union today. Have your say after the screening in the ‘Citizens’ Dialogue’ – a public panel discussion and debate exploring the issues raised in the films.

First up is The Model’s Secondary School Film programme which explores multi-cultural cinematic themes and film in secondary school curricula. On 04. Feb, senior-level French students are invited to attend a screening of Keeper, (2015), an award-winning drama that tells the tale of a teenage couple who must deal with their parents and everyday life when life takes an unpredictable turn. Secondary School Film Screenings are presented in association with IFI Education and are offered at a subsidized rate of €4 per student.

The first February offering from Sligo Film Society comes in the form of a Turkish, French, German and Bulgarian collaboration called ‘The Wild Pear Tree,’ (07. Feb). Upon returning home from college to his Turkish hometown, aspiring writer Sinan discovers that his father’s gambling addiction has brought the family to the brink of financial ruin. Palme d’Or winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan delivers another piece of intelligent and beautiful cinema, which is also a life-affirming and frequently funny meditation on life and the choices people make.

On Valentine’s day, German-made ‘The Captain,’ (14. Feb) takes us back to April 1945: just weeks before the end of World War II. German private Willi Herold is on the run after deserting his post. He happens upon an abandoned vehicle containing a captain’s uniform. Initially putting the outfit on for warmth, he soon finds himself mistaken for an officer with unquestioned power. But how far will he take the impersonation…spend Valentine’s evening at The Model Cinema to find out.

Don’t miss Robert Redford in ‘The Old Man and the Gun’ (21. Feb). This American heist film boasts a powerful performance from Redford who portrays real-life career criminal Forrest Tucker, an unrepentant bank robber out for his last taste of glory.

The final film of February is an Australian production that is being screened across Irish cinemas as a part of the prestigious Dublin International Film Festival tour. ‘The Merger,’ (28.Feb) tells the story of a former star footballer who returns to his hometown only to find his political views aren’t welcome. When he is persuaded to take over coaching the struggling local footy team, his idea to recruit refugees to make up the numbers takes the community on a journey of change.

Last but not least is #EUandME. with screenings for both schools and the public, The Model presents #EUandME, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in Ireland and Eclipse Pictures. #EUandME, (28. Feb) is a special free screening of five short films exploring key challenges from sustainability, to mobility and rights. Directed by leading filmmakers drawn from across the European Union, #EUandMe is a “timely exploration of some of the most pressing issues of our time”. The screening will be followed by a ‘Citizens’ Dialogue’ – a public panel discussion and debate exploring the issues raised in the films. Speakers will be announced closer to the date. An early screening for school students will take place at 11.30am and a general public screening will take place at 6pm.

Posted By

Rebecca Kennedy

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