A Season of Virtual Cinema with Sligo Film Society

Sligo is one of seven locations to participate in national virtual cinema initiative curated by Access Cinema.

Like many local and national arts and culture organisations, Sligo Film Society had to postpone its activities in March due to COVID-19. Since then Sligo Film Society had been actively exploring ways to stay connected with its audience during the current situation, and on Thursday April 16th started its first “virtual cinema“ season.

To date Sligo Film Society has already presented virtual screenings of The Perfect Candidate, the new film from director Haifaa Al Mansour, whose debut feature Wadjda broke new ground as the first-ever film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, as well as Germany’s acclaimed Oscar entry System Crasher.

Next up, on Thursday April 30th is the award-winning Irish film When All Is Ruin Once Again.

Winner of several awards, including Best Cinematography at the Galway Film Fleadh, this highly acclaimed documentary is the latest work from the filmmakers behind Apples of the Golan.

When All Is Ruin Once Again was filmed over a 7-year period amongst the communities of Gort in South Galway and Crusheen in Co. Clare, during which the Limerick to Galway motorway was being constructed. The film reflects on and examines the rural life of these communities in the midst of great local and national change.

W.B Yeats, who lived in Thoorballylee, which is located in the area where the film is set, provides the title’s prophetic words and prompts us to consider the value of memory and the impermanence of our existence. RTE has already described When All is Ruin Once Again as “… a masterpiece of cinema”.

As with each of the selected films in this “virtual cinema” season, When All Is Ruin Once Again showcases Sligo Film Society as a long-time champion of independent Irish and international cinema.

Customers who choose to join these online screenings are directly supporting Sligo Film Society, as the distributor for each title shown has agreed to donate a portion of each film’s rental fee back to the Film Society.

For each screening, customers are invited to watch the selected film online together at Sligo Film Society’s usual time of 8pm on Thursday evening, with the Film Society providing customers in advance with the online screening link from which they can rent the film.

A bonus pre-recorded Q&A with director Keith Walsh also accompanies When All Is Ruin Once Again as part of the rental fee, and can be viewed after the feature.

Subscribers of Sligo Film Society’s can use the promotion code ‘Sligo’ prior to the screening, which will provide a 20% discount on the film rental fee. More info here