Galway Film Society - new season, new location

Eight films from Europe and Australia to mark GFS's first season in new cinema

A scene from the Swiss film The Divine Order.

A scene from the Swiss film The Divine Order.

THE GALWAY Film Society has moved to a new location to screen its new season of films. The Pálás Cinema will now host screenings of the society and Galway can look forward to a diverse range of films from Japan, Switzerland, Russia, France, Germany, and Australia.

As well as a new location, the society is also switching from its traditional Sunday night slot, with screenings now taking place on Mondays at 8.30pm. The new season opens with an exclusive preview of The Third Murder, on April 16, in association with the Japanese Film Festival 2018.

In The Third Murder, a factory owner is found dead and Misumi, an employee and ex-convict, confesses to the killing, but is he really the perpetrator? Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, this is a morally ambiguous whodunnit that provides no easy answers.

This year marks the centenary of women getting the right to vote in Ireland and Britain, but Swiss women had to wait until 1971 before they were allowed cast a ballot. The Divine Order charts the story of Nora, a housewife who lives with her husband, two sons, and father-in-law. If she wants to work she needs her husband’s permission, so she sets out to challenge the status quo. See it on April 23.

Loveless centres on a family torn apart by an acrimonious divorce, in which the parents are more interested in starting their own new lives, rather than looking after their 12-year-old son Alyosha. This Russian film is directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, and won the Jury Prize at Cannes 2017. See it on April 30.

By contrast, French film I Got Life, is full of humour, charm, sensitivity and optimism. Directed by Blandine Lenoir’, it focuses on 50-year old Aurora. Separated, unemployed, facing menopause, and about to become a grandmother, she feels she is slowly being pushed out of the way; but a chance encounter takes her on a journey of discovery and a new life. See it on May 7.

Sam Neill stars in Sweet Country on May 14. Directed by Warwick Thornton, this is a haunting, provocative, film set in 1920s Australia. After being accused of murdering the white owner of a local farm, an Aboriginal stockman and his wife go on the run, with a search posse in hot pursuit.

Set against the backdrop of the construction of a hydroelectric power plant, the dynamics of an all-male environment are examined in Valeska Grisebach's Western. Tensions rise when former legionnaire Meinhard sets himself apart from his colleagues by making a connection with local villagers, and rise further again when a horse Meinhard has borrowed from townsman Adrian goes missing. This German film uses non-actors in all of the roles. See it n May 21.

Fans of Jean Luc-Godard can look forward to French film Redoubtable on May 28. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist ), this is probing biopic of the Godard, and an examination of what happens when politics, romance, ego, and cinema collide. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist )

For more information and tickets contact 091 - 394800 or see palas.ie

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