Let 2017 Bring Great Film

Happy New Year to you all. A couple of weeks in and perhaps the resolutions are beginning to wane already. At Newcastle West Film Club however we stick to ours-to bring great film to the community. We hope this will be another year of doing this successfully. We want to show films you will be glad you saw, that make you think or that you will remember next year. Our favourite moments are when audience members tell us about a film, maybe from a few years ago, that they loved. This doesn’t mean that it was a ‘lovely film’ or a comedy that made them laugh. But there was a quality about the film that stuck with them. And we love that we were part of providing that experience. And we hope to provide more in 2017.

The practical information. We screen at Desmond Complex. Entry is €8 and is for over 18s only. The venue is wheelchair accessible and an audio loop is provided. For further information you can email ncwfilmclub@gmail.com or phone 087 6877970.

So to see us through until April!


I Daniel Blake. Friday 3rd Feb 2017. 8pm

Director: Ken Loach.100 minutes, UK/France/Belgium, 2016, Language: English.

Newcastle carpenter Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is recovering from a recent heart attack. He
finds himself fighting a welfare system where his benefits will be taken away unless he looks for work, despite doctor’s orders preventing him from working if he does find a job.
As he battles against this absurd bur eaucracy, Daniel befriends Katie (Hayley Squires), a young single mother with two kids, who is also struggling with the system after relocating to Newcastle from a London homeless shelter. Deserving of its recent Palme d’Or win (the second for its director), Loach and long-time collaborator screenwriter Paul Laverty,
deliver a powerful work of quiet outrage that is at turns intensely moving, darkly
humourous and deeply heartbreaking.
The Fencer. Friday 3rd March 2017. 8pm
Director: Klaus Haro. 99 mins, Finland, Estonia, Germany, 2015, Language: Estonian, Russian, Armenian.
In the early 1950’s, champion fencer Endel Nelis, takes up a teaching position in a
remote Estonia School. Initially standoffish and unwilling to engage, he eventually
warms to the traumatised children of the school, many of whom have been left orphaned by the war or the Soviet occupation. Realising that the children need an outlet for hope and self expression he decides to teach them how to fence and indoing so becomes a father figure for them. But Endel harbours a secret, he is on the run from the Soviet Police and he eventually has to make a decision-to keep teaching and risk everything or to keep running. Based on actual events, this redemptive drama has universal appeal.
Viva. Friday 7th April 2017. 8pm
Director : Paddy Breathnach. 100 minutes, Ireland/Cuba, 2015, Language: Spanish.
Jesus (Héctor Medina) a shy, delicate, struggling hairdresser finds a genuine opportunity to enrich his life when he is given the chance to perform as a Drag Artist. But when Jesus’
abusive estranged father returns, he forcefully forbids the young man from performing.
Jesus must decide to either fulfil his potential or wilt under the dictate of his father. What unfolds is a bittersweet story of pain, regret, and reconciliation, as the two men learn to know and respect each other for the first time.Featuring boisterous and often heart breaking drag performance, Paddy Breathnach’s Oscar-shortlisted crowd-pleaser is a tender and compassionate tale of finding one’s true voice.
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Join Us On a Journey From Turkey to Iceland(with a stop in Copenhagen along the way)

Our Autumn Season returns shortly. Check out the trailers here for what promises to be a wide ranging selection of films. Same place: Desmond Complex. Same time: 8pm. Same price: €7. The venue is fully accessible and there is an audio loop also. For further information phone 087 6877970 or you can email ncwfilmclub@gmail.com.

MUSTANG. Friday 7th October 2016. 8pm.

Director : Deniz Gamze Erguven. Turkey, Germany, France, Qatar. 2015. 97 Mins. Language: Turkish.

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.



THE COMMUNE. Friday 4th November 2016. 8pm.

Director : Thomas Vinterberg. Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands. 2016. 111 Mins

Language: Danish.

 A story about the clash between personal desires vs. solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 70’s



RAMS. Friday 2nd December 2016. 8pm

Director : Grimur Harkonarson. Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Poland. 2015. 93 Mins. Language: Icelandic.

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep.


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2016 begins with an avalanche of films!

We will return to the big screen shortly for our First Friday screenings as usual.

First off we start with the film Force Majeure. This was a film that just lost out on being shown last season, however it stuck with us and we decided to include it this season instead. This dark comedy looks at the consequences for a family of one man’s reaction during an avalanche. Our second film stars the wonderful Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple ready to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary but an unexpected blast from the past causes a lot of reflection. And we conclude in April with the Estonian film Tangerines which provides a powerful reflection on war and peace.

All films are shown at Desmond Complex, start at 8pm, cost €7 entry and are over 18s only. We have refreshments available so you are welcome to arrive a little earlier to relax over a cuppa or glass of wine. The venue is wheelchair accessible and has an audio loop.

For further information you can contact us by email ncwfilmclub@gmail.com or phone 087 6877970. You can also find us on Facebook.

Here is some further information on the upcoming films.

FORCE MAJEURE. Friday 5th January 2016. 8pm

Director: Ruben Ostlund. Sweden. 2014. 120 mins. Lauguage : English, Swedish, Norweigan, French.

This dark comedy brings us on the journey of  family on a ski holiday in the French Alps who find themselves faced with an avalanche during lunch one day.  In the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular.


45 YEARS. Friday 4th March 2016. 8pm

Director: Andrew Haigh. UK. 2014. 93 mins. Language: English.

Kate is in the middle of preparations for her 45thwedding anniversary when her husband Geoff suddenly receives news which pulls him back into the past. Fifty years ago his then girlfriend had a fatal accident in the Swiss Alps.Now, finally, her body has been found,frozen in ice and time. Kate and Geoff are both shocked but are unable to share their insecurity with each other. He retreats ever more into a distant world of memories whilst Kate endeavours to suppress her burgeoning jealousy and anxiety with pragmatism. She needs to concentrate on selecting the music and menu for the party and taking care of the other arrangements. Outwardly, everything is business as usual. But the camera cautiously
registers how a well-tuned coexistence is going out
of kilter. Whether over a shared breakfast or a lonely wander through the town, Kate feels more and more like a stranger in her own life. 45 Years tells the story of two people who, caught up in unexpected emotions, are forced to bolster themselves against unfamiliar feelings and, in doing so, have the rug pulled out from under their feet. After 45 years, which feeling will prevail on the couple’s big day? – Berlin Film Festival 2015
TANGERINES. Friday 1st April 2016. 8pm
Director: Zaza Urushadze. Estonia/Georgia. 2013. 89 mins. Language: Estonian, Russian.
Set during the brutal 1992 Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, Zaza
Urushadze’s anti-war story roots inself in the neutral viewpoint of
elderly Estonian farmer Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak).
After a shootout between Georgian soldiers and Checen
mercenaries near the local tangerine orchard, Ivo finds himself
nursing two wounded men from opposite sides in his small house.
As both men get better and Ivo remains stoically neutral, refusing
to allow bloodshed under his own roof, the stage is set for a
brilliant examination of conflict and humanity.
Strong performances and an atmospheric soundtrack add to this
simple yet tense and emotionally-powerful piece








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The evenings are drawing in. For most of us that brings a sadness that the summer is over. For us at Newcastle West Film Club however it means something different. It means it is much easier for us to screen films as otherwise we have to spend a long time trying to black out the room. This is one of the main reasons we don’t start screening until October and we finish in April, bar one film for Bealtaine in May, and that tests our patience enough to reaffirm why we don’t screen into the summer!

So let’s see what these darker evenings are bringing us for Season 15. By the way as always we screen in Desmond Complex with films starting at 8pm and entry cost is €7. Attendance is for over 18s only. For further information you can phone 087 6877970.

STILL ALICE. Friday 2nd October 2015 8pm

DIR: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland USA. 2014.  101 mins.
Happily married and with three grown children, Alice is in the prime of life and at the top of her professional game. However, the pleasure she takes in her work is replaced by mounting anxiety as middle-aged memory lapses give way to the discovery that she has early-onset Alzheimer’s. Determined to deal with her prognosis and do everything she can to forestall the inevitable, Aliice finds ingenious ways to fight the encroachment othe disease. But Alice’s faculties deteriorate faster than anticipated, leaving both her and her family to deal with the real possibility that soon, she will no longer be able to
recognize them. Deftly written and directed, superbly acted and deeply moving, StillAlice is an unforgettable tale of a woman dealing with life’s ultimate adversity and herown human frailty. – Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014
Julianne Moore won an Oscar in 2015 Best Actress for her outstanding role in this film.
WILD TALES. Friday November 6th 2015. 8pm.
DIR: Damián Szifrón Argentine 2014 122 mins
Wild Tales is a collection of six crazy, absurd and hilarious stories of people who are stressed out or depressed by the drive for success, competition and the inequality of the world we live in. With its underlying theme of violence and vengeance, this
Argentinean black comedy-drama boasts an eclectic ensemble cast. Co-produced by Pedro Almodóvar, Wild Tales is Argentina’s submission to the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. – Dubai International Film Festival 2014
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA. Friday December 4th 2015. 8pm
DIR: Oliver Assayas. USA. 2014. 124 mins. Language: English, French, German, Swiss German.

Starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart  and Chloe Grace Mortetz. A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.

Stewart became to first American actress to win a prestigious Cesar award for best supporting actress.

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A New Year of Film

Happy New Year folks. We wish you all the very best for 2015. And we hope you will join us for another season of great film.

Same time (8pm), same place (Desmond Complex).

Here is what you have to look forward to:

PRIDE Friday 6th Feb 2015 8pm

Dir: Matthew Warchus 2014 UK   119mins      Cert: 15A Language English

It’s the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners, and later sets off in a mini bus headed for a mining village in deepest Wales to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership. – Director’s Fortnight Closing Film, Cannes Film Festival 2014

Human Capital Friday 6th March 2015 8pm

Dir: Paolo Virzi 2014 Italy 110 mins Cert: Club Language: Italian

We open on a dark, snowy night in northern Italy—and begin at the end. Approaching a stranger’s tragic death from three vastly different perspectives, the lives of two families, at first only loosely linked by their teenagers’ relationship, overlap in multitudinous ways to devastating effect. Valeria Golina and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, two of Italy’s leading actresses, star in a story based on Stephen Amidon’s best-selling book of the same name that twists love, class, and ambition into a singular, true-life story. As the players tumble toward an ill-fated event of which they are inextricably linked, Paolo Virzi’s refined three-chapter tale reveals a cultural and systemic disparity in the value of human life. – Liza Domnitz / tribeca Film Festival 2014

TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT Friday 3rd April 2015

Dir: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne   2014    Belgium          95 minutes     Cert: TBC Language: French

Sandra (Cotillard) has just been released from the hospital to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can hope to regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. Now, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out. With TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, the Dardennes have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom. (C) Sundance Selects

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Films for your Autumn

Hello everyone. We are getting ready to return on the 3rd October with 3 films which we are very excited to be screening. It was difficult to chose as usual, balancing our own personal preferences with what we think other people would like to see. And as always trying to get a balance of films. We always love feedback to hear what people think of our selection!

If you are new to the film club here is some important information. We screen 3 films before Christmas on the first Fridays of October, November and December. We start back in February for another 3 films. Screenings all take place upstairs in Desmond Complex which is a community building behind the fire station. All screenings start at 8pm. We sometimes will show a short film before the main feature. We have tea, coffee and wine available before hand and we encourage people to take time to start their evening off in a relaxed manner before the film so suggest you arrive a few minutes early. The entry cost for each film is €7. All films are for over 18s only.

If you have any queries about coming to see a film please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can email ncwfilmclub@gmail.com or you can phone 087 6877970.
So here are the films you can see this season!

Dir: John Curran Australia 2013 110 mins Cert: TBC

Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker) commands the screen in John Curran’s mesmerizing character study, based on the astonishing true story of Robyn Davidson. With her faithful dog and four unruly camels in tow, Robyndeparted Central Australia on foot, determined to traverse the Outback and reach the Indian Ocean. Her only obstacles were 2,700 kms of desert and her own personal demons…Curran and Wasikowska capture Robyn’s two-year preparatoryphase in Alice
Springs, when she learned how to maintain camels and reluctantly accepted necessary funding from National Geographic. The catch? She had to allow photographer Rick Smolan (played by Girls’Adam Driver) to snap pictures at predetermined stops along the way.The arduous physical journey and the arguably more dangerous mental one are conveyed through Curran’s use of the stunning landscapes as a prominent character in the former and Waikowska’s complete dedication in the latter. This is one journey you will not forget. – Vancouver International film Festival 2014


Dir: Ritesh Batra 2013 India 104 minutes Cert: PG. Lanuage Hindi/English.
Some romances are written in the stars. Others, it would seem, can be chalked up to a misread street map. When a lunchbox painstakingly prepared by Ila (Nimrat Kaur)for her emotionally distant husband is mistakenly delivered to Saajan (the wonderfulIrrfan Khan, Life of Pi), the under-appreciated Mumbai housewife and lonelyaccountant strike up an intimate correspondence. Continuing to use Mumbai’s legionof lunch couriers as their go-betweens, they share increasingly involved letters detailing their inner thoughts and life stories. The tinges of disappointment and regretthat punctuate these missives reflect the enticing soulfulness of Ritesh Batra’s debut.In turn, there’s exhilaration to be had watching these characters realize that their futures are unwritten. But will they put down their pens and overcome the obstacleskeeping them from one another? – Vancouver International Film Festival 2013
THE ROCKET. FRIDAY 5th December 2014. 8pm.
Dir: Kim Morduant Laos, Australia 2013 96 mins Cert: CLUB. Language: Lao.
Good-natured Ahlo has no idea of the tragic circumstances, which surrounded hisbirth. His childhood seems to be ill-fated: when his family has to leave their village to make way for a dam, a terrible accident follows. Together with his father and
grandmother, he is sent to a camp where he incurs the wrath of the other camp-dwellers. They soon make up their mind that Ahlo is cursed and brings bad luck. His only friend is Kia, who lives with her uncle Purpleand knows all too well what it’s like
to be an outcast. The group’s search for a new home leads them through the Laotianoutback. Here, they come across a rocket festival that holds an entire village on tenterhooks. At last, Ahlo sees a chance to prove he is lucky rather than cursed and he takes part in the dangerous competition. The Rocket combines this boy’s movingstory with a fascinating insight into living conditions in a country shaped by povertyand superstition. – Berlin International Film Festival 2013.
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Season 12 Spring 2014

Happy New Year to everyone.
We hope to make first Fridays a great feature of 2014 with another 3 films to come before Easter. The films may change however some things stay the same. Screenings in Desmond Complex, at 8pm. Entry is 7 euro and there are tea/coffee/wine and refreshments available
For more information you can email ncwfilmclub@gmail.com or phone 087 6877970.

Searching for Sugarman. Fri 7th Feb 2014. 8pm.

Director: Malik Benjelloul. UK 2012. 85 mins.

Searching for Sugar Man is a documentary film directed by Malik Bendjelloul, which details the efforts of two Cape Town fans in the late 1990s, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out whether the rumoured death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez was true, and, if not, to discover what had become of him. Rodriguez’s music, which never took off in the United States, had become wildly popular in South Africa, but little was known about him there.

On 10 February 2013, the film won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary at the 66th British Academy Film Awards in London,and two weeks later it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood

Wadjda. Fri 7th March. 8pm

Director Haifaa AlMansour. Saudi Arabia. 2012. 98 mins.
Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. At first, Wadjda’s mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to realize what’s going on. And soon enough Wadjda’s plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself to the memorization and recitation of Koranic verses, and her teachers begin to see Wadjda as a model pious girl. The competition isn’t going to be easy, especially for a troublemaker like Wadjda, but she refuses to give in. She is determined to continue fighting for her dreams…
Nominated for 2014 BAFTA Best Film Not in English Language.

The Broken Circle Breakdown. Fri 4th April 2014. 8pm.

Director Felix Van Groningen. Belgium. 2012. 100 mins.

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage – but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested.
Be warned you may cry. In a good way!
Nominated for 2014 Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film.

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Season 11-Autumn 2013

In October we will be back with more films!

A quick overview on what you might need to know about coming to the film club. We will be showing films on October 4th, Nov 1st and Dec 6th. We screen our films at Desmond Comples. Our films start at 8pm however we have refreshments available beforehand so it may be worth arriving a little earlier if you would like a cuppa or a glass of wine.

Entry fee is 7 euros. You don’t have to commit to coming to other films, people are welcome on a per film basis. You don’t have to register in advance, you can just arrive on the night.

And now for the films we are showing this season.

All You Need Is Love Friday Oct 4th 8pm

Director Suzanne Bier. 116 mins. English, Danish, Italian.

A hairdresser who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter’s wedding and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife.

I Wish. Friday 1st Nov 8pm

Director Hirakazu Koreeda. 129 mins. Japan 2011.
This film tells the stories of two young brothers(real life brothers) who are separated as a result of their parent’s divorce and living in different cities. They dream of being reuninted. The film won the Best Director award at the 2012 Asia Pacific Film Festival.

Come As You Are (Hasta La Vista) Fri Dec 6th 8pm

Director Geoffrey Enthoven. 115 mins. Belgium 2011.
Three men with disabilities embark on a coming of age roadtrip to Spain. Winner of many Audience Awards including the European Film Awards 2012. Here is a recent review from Tara Brady http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film/come-as-you-are-1.1419208

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Award winning film Amour on Tuesday 21st May 7.30pm Desmond Complex

Newcastle West Film Club, with thanks to the Compassionate Communities project, will be screening the Oscar and Palme D’Or winning film Amour. As this event is funded by the project there will be no entry fee. Screening time is at 7.30pm and there will be refreshments available beforehand. The event is over 18s only. For more information you can phone 087 6877970 or you can email ncwfilmclub@gmail.com.
Over the course of our seasons we have screened several films that have been very touching and thought provoking as they touched on themes of illness, loss, bereavment and grieving. These are films that have stuck in our minds, and perhaps for some had a real impact, as film can be a very strong medium for connecting with what is real for everyone at some point in their life. Therefore we were very interested in screening as part of the Compassionate Communities project. We are delighted with the opportunity, however we are also mindful of the responsibility to screen a film that is appropriate and reflective of the sensitive nature of the issues. We hope our choice of film reflects this.

About the Compassionate Communities Project
The Compassionate Communities Project was initiated by Milford Care Centre in 2011 and piloted in an area of Northwest Limerick City. It has now been extended to the whole of Limerick City and to the town of Newcastlewest in County Limerick.
Milford Care Centre is committed to providing Specialist Palliative Care services of the highest standard and recognises that death, dying, loss and care affect us all and are not just the responsibility of health and social care professionals. Most people who are living with advanced life limiting illnesses spend their time at home and in their communities and neighbourhoods, with families, relatives, friends and work colleagues. The majority of people affected by advanced illness want to be cared for, and to die, at home.
Many people feel unprepared when such illnesses befall them or others and are uncertain as how to offer support and assistance, or even how to talk together about what is happening. In many local communities and health and social care organisations there is a need to renew, rediscover or find new ways of caring for and supporting one another – those who are dying, their families, the bereaved and those who work with them.
The Compassionate Communities Project seeks to work in partnership with, individuals, groups and communities, to enhance the social, emotional and practical support available to those living with a serious life-threatening illness, those facing loss and those experiencing bereavement. In focusing on the experiences of death, dying, loss and care in whatever circumstances they occur the Project aims to:
• provide information about death, dying, loss and care
• explore and develop a range of personal and community supports
For more information see http://www.compassionatecommunities.ie

About the film

Georges and Anne are retired music teachers in their eighties living in Paris having been together most of their lives. Their relationship and bond is tested when illness strikes.It also explores the involvement of their daughter in this changing situation. This very moving film won the Palme D’Or at 2012 Cannes Film Festival as well as the Best Forign Language Film (as well as other nominations) at the 85th Academy Awards.
This French language film has English subtitles.
Director Michael Haneke, 127 mins

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Bealtaine Screening Wed 1st May

Newcastle West Film Club are delighted to be screening the film ‘The Sapphires’ on Wed 1st May at 7.30 in Desmond Complex.
This is part of the Bealtaine Film Tour/Bealtaine Festival so there will be no entry fee.
Bealtine Festival celebrates creativity as we age and encourages the involvement of older people in arts and culture in Ireland.
The Sapphires is a film set in 1968 as four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.
If you would like more information about the event you can phone 087 6877970 or you can email ncwfilmclub@gmail.com. With thanks to Bealtaine Festival, Access Cinema and Desmond Complex.
In the meantime why not check out the trailer.

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