Award winning Iranian film to be screened for Women’s Day

TO CELEBRATE International Women’s Day, which this year celebrates its centenary, The Galway Film Society will screening the Iranian film Women Without Men.

The film will be screened on Tuesday at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre, NUI, Galway. The film is being shown in association with NUI, Galway’s Global Women’s Studies Programme.

Women Without Men weaves together four women’s lives in complex and enigmatic ways. Munis is serious, cerebral, and bullied by her brother for neglecting her ‘womanly’ duties. Munis’ friend is in love with this same brother. Fakhri is a stylish, elegant married woman in her 40s, in love with an old flame. Finally there is Zarin, a prostitute, played with characteristic intensity by Orsi Tóth.

The film, which won the award for Best Director at the Silver Lion Award Venice Film Festival 2009, underlines the fact that it is Iran which has repeatedly offered the world a vivid, unapologetically, feminist cinema over the last decade.

Dr Niamh Reilly, senior lecturer Global Women’s Studies, NUIG, will give a short talk before screening.

The Galway Film Society will also host its regular Sunday night screening in the Town Hall Theatre this Sunday ay 6pm with Italian film Loose Cannons.

Tommaso has a comfortable life in Rome as an aspiring writer and is in a steady relationship with his boyfriend Marco – a life he has kept secret from his family.

When he is called back to his hometown of Lecce in southern Italy to help run the family business, he decides to reveal his homosexuality to his conservative family. However when his plans are thwarted, Tommaso gets stuck on the path he was desperately trying to avoid.

Tickets are €8/6 for individual screenings (except for Women Without Men which is €7/5 ). Season tickets are also available from the Town Hall on 091 - 569777 and www.tht.ie

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