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
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

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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