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Autumn 2014 season

Tuesday 23 September at 8 p.m.
Calvary     Ireland / UK 2014  |  100 mins  |  15

Father James is a good natured priest in a small Irish coastal community, some of whom hold him and his beliefs in low regard. One day in confession a man reveals that he intends to kill him for the perceived crimes of the church in general, and gives him a week to put his affairs in order.Writer-director John Michael McDonagh's follow-up to The Guard is a darker but moving and consistently compelling tale of community, faith and forgiveness.A superb central performance from Brendan Gleeson is backed by telling turns from Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran and American cult favourite M. Emmet Walsh.


Tuesday 30 September at 8 p.m.
The Past [Le passé]    France / Italy 2013  |  130 mins  |  12A
Iranian Ahmed (Ali Mosaffa), who deserted his French wife Marie (The Artist's Bérénice Bejo) and her daughters four years earlier, returns to Paris at Marie's request to finalise their divorce. But his attempts at reconcilliation and understanding are undermined by the inexplicable turmoil within the current family unit, which includes her new boyfriend Samir (A Prophet's Tahar Rahim) and his son Fouad. Director Asghar Farhadi's first non-Iranian film revisits the ground of his Oscar-winning A Separation in an acutely observed and tightly structured study of how our present lives are shaped by events in our past.

Tuesday 7 October at 8pm
Starred Up     UK 2013  |  106 mins  |  18
Violent and disruptive young offender Eric is transferred to an adult prison, where his conflicts with authority and other prisoners continue unabated.With the warden threatening punitive action and the efforts of well meaning social worker Oliver falling on deaf ears, it falls to Eric's father Neville, who is in the same prison, to try to pull his volatile son in line.Written by former voluntary prison therapist Jonathan Asser, Starred Up has been widely praised as the finest and most honest portrayal of British prison life since Alan Clarke's Scum, and boasts a searing central performance from Skins and Eden Lake alumnus Jack O'Connell.

Tuesday 14 October at 8pm
A World Not Ours     UK / Lebanon / Denmark / United Arab Emirates 2012  |  93 mins
The expungement of Palestinian families from Israeili territory in the years immediately following the Second World War saw the formation of the refugee camp Ain el-Helweh in Lebanon, in which whole generations of Palestinians have continued to eke out a basic existence. Combining material shot by his father twenty years earlier with his own footage from a number of visits to the camp, filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel paints a fascinating and revealing picture of not just of the camp itself, but the tumultuous political and religious climate of the region, and the very human stories of the people who continue to live within it.

Tuesday 21 October at 8pm
The King and the Mockingbird [Le roi et l'oiseau]     France 1980  |  83 mins  |  U
A tyranical king is in love with the image of a young shepherdess whose portrait hangs in his castle. One night the shepherdess comes to life, and with the help of the chimney sweep from the adjoining painting, attempts to flee the labyrinthine building, aided by a bird who regularly mocks the king's decisions and actions.This French animated feature adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson story The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep was over 30 years in the making and has since been restored and re-released to considerable acclaim. A delightful and richly imaginative work, it was named by Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki as one of his all-time favourite animated films.

Tuesday 28 October at 8pm
Under the Skin     UK / USA / Switzerland 2013  |  108 mins  |  15
In the West of Scotland, an extra-terrestrial assumes the form of a mysterious and alluring woman (played by Scarlett Johansen), and cruises the streets in a Transit van picking up lonely men and leading them to their doom. It's a task that awakens in her a process of gradual self discovery and encourages us to observe our own planet and culture through the eyes of a stranger. The third feature from Sexy Beast and Birth director Jonathan Glazer is a hypnotic, dreamlike and beautifully realised work of surreal science fiction, eerily unsettling and devoid of clear explanations but overflowing with striking imagery and sound.

Tuesday 4 November at 8pm
A Touch of Sin [Tian zhu ding]    China / Japan / France 2013  |  133 mins  |  15
An angry coal miner revolts against corrupt village leaders; misfortune forces a young factory worker to repeatedly switch jobs in an attempt to improve his lot; a pretty sauna receptionist is pushed to the edge when she is assaulted by a client; a migrant worker returning home for the new year becomes aware of the possibilities that owning a firearm could offer.The latest film from Chinese maestro Jia Zhang-ke (Still Life, 24 City) employs four separate stories to explore the corruption, moral decay and violence of modern day China in a gripping, revealing and sometimes shocking manner.

Tuesday 11 November at 8pm
Tracks     Australia 2013  |  112 mins  |  12A
The latest film from The Painted Veil director John Curran tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who in 1977 embarked on a nine month, 2000 mile trek across the barren Australian desert with only her dog and four camels for company.The various trials of the journey are intercut with flashbacks that explore Davidson's troubled past and gradually clarify her reasons for undertaking such a hazardous journey. Featuring breathtaking imagery and location work, the film ultimately revolves around a remarkable central performance from Mia Wasikowska (Lawless, Stoker) as the determined Davidson.

Tuesday 18 November at 8pm
Camille Claudel 1915     France 2013  |  95 mins  |  PG
Over twenty years after her close relationship with celebrated sculptor Auguste Rodin ended, troubled artist Camille Claudel has been confined to an asylum by her increasingly concerned family. Unable to communicate with her fellow inmates, she finds her situation increasingly impossible to bear, and her hopes of freedom hang on a letter sent to her influential younger brother Paul. Another powerful, meticulously observed personal drama from Bruno Dumont (La Vie de Jesus, L'Humanité), which has acclaimed for its realism and an extraordinary central performance from Juliette Binoche as the tortured Camille.

Tuesday 25 November at 8pm
The Golden Dream [La jaula de oro]    Guatemala / Spain /Mexico 2013  |  108 mins  |  12A
Three Guatemalan teenagers, Juan, Samuel and Sara, embark on the long and arduous journey to secretly cross the border into the United States. What starts as an adventure opens a window onto the desperation and widespread exploitation of migrants who are chasing the hard fought dream of a better life.The debut feature from former cinematographer and camera operator Diego Quemada-Díez was described by Total Film as "Sin Nombre via Ken Loach," a grittily observational and visually striking road movie that also scores as an eye-opening political drama and an involving coming-of-age story.

Tuesday 2 December at 8pm
Jimmy's Hall     UK / Ireland / France 2014  |  109 mins  |  12A
For what he himself has suggested may be his final film, the 77-year-old Ken Loach (Kes, My Name is Joe, The Angel's Share) has elected to tell the true story of 1930s left wing Irish activist Jimmy Gralton, whose decision to create a place for villagers to sing, dance and debate brings him into direct conflict with the local priest and the fascist village squire. Scripted by Loach regular Paul Laverty from Donal O'Kelly's play, the film invigoratingly highlights the importance of community, music and free expression in any society that seeks to suppress them through religion or political doctrine.

Tuesday 9 December at 8pm
Frank     UK / Ireland 2014  |  95 mins  |  15
Aspriring musician and songwriter Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) lands a lucky break when he is called on to replace the keyboard player with touring American band The Soronprfbs. But he soon finds himself struggling to keep pace with this oddball collection of musicians, particularly their papier-mâché headed front man Frank (played by a facially invisible Michael Fassbender). Inspired by Jon Ronson's memoir about oddball indie enigma Frank Sidebottom, this widely acclaimed film explores the humour and harsh realities of artistic expression and celebrates the aspirational dreamer in all of us.

Tuesday 16 December at 8pm
Twenty Feet From Stardom     USA 2013  |  91 mins  |  12A
While any number of iconic bands and musicians have found themselves the subject of feature film portraits, the work of backing singers too often goes unheralded. Putting this right is Morgan Neville's joyous, thoughtful and moving documentary, which celebrates those whose contributions to songs are often crucial but whose names are rarely known. A fascinating and ultimately uplifting work, the film includes interviews with the likes of Mick Jagger, Sting, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen, and priceless concert footage of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and many more.