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 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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