The season of mellow fruitfulness is upon us again and it is time for the Linenhall Film Club to extend a warm welcome to cinephiles old and new. Kicking off an autumn programme full of goodies on Tuesday, September 18, is the uplifting and highly acclaimed Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar. After the suicide of a popular teacher at a Montreal school, the eponymous Monsieur Lazhar shows up at the stressed head’s office and is appointed as the class’s substitute teacher. A man of dignity and compassion, with his old-school methods Lazhar turns out to be an excellent teacher, bringing emotional stability to pupils troubled by the earlier events, but as the film unfolds his own tragic circumstances as a refugee from his native Algeria are revealed, in a film nominated for Best Foreign Film at this year’s Oscars.
Linenhall Film Club screens every second Tuesday of the month. Full details about the Linenhall Film Club and its forthcoming programme from the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. Tel: 094 9023733 www.thelinenhall.com