12 Jan. - 13 Apr. 2017

The Model Cinema: in partnership with Sligo Film Society

The Model cinema, in partnership with Sligo Film Society, brings audiences the best in international and independent film. Membership and tickets for individual screenings are available through Sligo Film Society prior to each screening.


Membership Season €80 Concession €60
Attendance at a single Screening €8 Concession €6
Membership available before each screening

All screenings commence at 8pm, unless otherwise stated.

January 12
The Innocents

Director: Anne Fontaine Poland, France 2016
115 mins Language: French/Polish/Russian
Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesz

In 1945s Poland, Mathilde, a young French Red Cross doctor comes to the aid of a group of Polish nuns, many of whom are in an advanced state of pregnancy, after their vows were

violated by Russian soldiers. Anne Fontaine’s assured and sensitive drama is based on real events, and is an emotionally layered, tender and insightful drama about faith and trauma.

January 19 sponsored by Cosgroves Delicatessan
A Date for Mad Mary

Director: Darren Thornton Ireland 2016
82 mins Language: English
Cast: Seana Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey

‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison for something she’d rather forget. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is to be her maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a plus one on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong.

January 26
Things To Come

Director: Mia Hansen Løve France, Germany 2016
102 mins Language: French
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka

In one of Isabelle Huppert’s finest performances, Things To Come, portrays the sudden change in philosophy teacher

Nathalie’s comfortable life. In her sixties, Nathalie must contend with the sudden crises of being alone. Soberly Nathalie draws on the reserves of strength she has accumulated over years of contemplation to deal with the barrage of crises now facing her. With enormous emotional clarity, Huppert crafts a performance of subtle brilliance.

February 2
I, Daniel Blake

Director: Ken Loach UK/France/Belgium 2016
100 mins Language: English
Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires

Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 for this timely drama about an out-of-work

Newcastle carpenter’s battle to survive after being denied his government health benefits. Working with long-time collaborator screenwriter Paul Laverty, Loach delivers a powerful work that is intensely moving, darkly humourous and deeply heartbreaking.

February 9
Paterson

Dir: Jim Jarmusch USA 2016
118 mins Language: English
Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley

The charming new film from independent American director Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive, Broken Flowers) observes a

week in the life of working-class bus driver Paterson (Adam Driver), as he tries to connect his everyday routines and relationships with the creativity he shows in the poetry that he writes.

February 16
The Childhood of a Leader

Director: Brady Corbet UK , France, Hungary 2015
115 mins Language: English French
Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Robert Pattinson, Stacy
Martin, Tom Sweet

Post WW1, a US Diplomat (Liam Cunningham) is involved in drawing up of the Treaty of Versailles. His young son, newcomer Tom Sweet displaying brilliant menace, is becoming increasingly aggressive. Rich in symbolism, with an engulfing score by Scott Walker, we know from the outset something is very, very wrong. Brady Corbet’s directorial debut is a huge, meaty, European drama.

February 23
The Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Director: Taika Waititi New Zealand 2016
101mins Language: English

Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

A big-hearted comedy-drama full of understated magic. Ricky, a troubled orphan is placed with the latest of foster families away from the city where he styles himself a gangster. Ricky is reluctant but his foster aunt Bella breaks down his defences with down-to-earth love and affectionate mockery. When a tragedy threatens that life, he finds himself on the run with Bella’s grizzled husband Hec and a dog called Tupac. Gradually, the two rejected loners find a kinship. – Winner, Audience Award Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016
– Winner, Best International Feature Galway Film Fleadh 2016

March 2
The Unknown Girl

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Belgium, France,
2016 113 mins Language: French
Cast: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier

Adele Haenel delivers an intense performance as Dr Jenny Davin, in the Dardenne Brothers engaging new film. When Jenny fails to

answer the surgery door one night, the caller, a young unidentified woman, is found dead nearby. Guilt stricken Jenny commits to finding out who she is, reclaiming her identity so she can be buried with her name.

March 9
Hell or High Water

Director: David Mackenzie USA 2016
102 mins Language: English
Cast: Dale Dickey, Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges

A pair of estranged Texan brothers are reunited against a common foe – the bank that cheated their father into signing away the family farm and now threatens to foreclose on the loan. Straight arrow Toby (Chris Pine) and ex-con loose cannon Tanner (Ben Foster) stage a series of heists against various branches of the bank, all the while pursued by Jeff Bridges, on deliciously crusty form as a Texas Ranger nearing the end of his career.

March 16
The Fencer

Director: Klaus Haro Finland, Estonia, Germany 2015
99 mins Language: Estonian
Cast: Mart Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Hendrik Toompere.

This touching tale of redemption tells the true story of champion fencer Endel Nelis, who while on the run from the Soviet police took up a teaching position in a remote Estonian school. While there he becomes a father figure for the traumatised students, mostly war orphans, teaching them fencing as a way to overcome their loss and his own.

March 23
American Honey

Director: Andrea Arnold USA 2016
163mins Language: English
Cast: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough.

Star, an 18year-old Texan, abandons her overburdened, squalid life to travel across the US with a gang of misfit magazine hustlers. Finding love and hope in the middle of

this unorthodox family, we travel with her through Andrea Arnold’s epic road movie. Presented in academy radio, the visuals and soundtrack marry here to present a modern, tangible masterpiece.

March 30
Francofonia

Director: Alexander Sokurov France, Germany, Netherlands
2015 88 mins
Language: Russian, French, German, English
Cast: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent
Nemeth, Johanna Korthals Altes

In his latest film, visionary director, Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) focuses on the turbulent history of the Louvre, particularly on the museum’s occupation by Nazi forces following the summer of 1940. Exploring the relationship between art and power, Francofonia, blurs the lines of fiction, documentary, memoir and video essay.

April 6
Manchester by the Sea

Director: Kenneth Lonergan USA 2016
135 mins Language: English

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler,
Lucas Hedges, C.J. Wilson, Heather Burns, Tate Donovan,
and Josh Hamilton

Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler star in this emotionally overwhelming and critically acclaimed drama from writer -director Kenneth Lonergan, about a reclusive handyman who must face his painful past when he returns to his Massachusetts hometown after the sudden death of his beloved older brother.

April 13 sponsored by The Cat and the Moon
The Olive Tree

Director: Icíar Bollaín Spanish/German/English/French
2016 100 mins
Language: Spanish
Starring: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs

Delightful, passionate and heartfelt, The Olive Tree is a heart-

warming tale of redemption and hope. Impulsive Lena sets out on a journey to recover her Grandfather’s ancestral Olive Tree, which is encased within the soulless headquarters of a German multinational. Icíar Bollaín has crafted a warm tale about a family for whom to reconcile means to rediscovering their roots.

Committee Members of Sligo Film Society:
Chairperson: Dave Gunne
Secretary: John Gault
Treasurer: Pat Doherty
PRO: Jack Lynch, Justin McCarthy, Hans Wieland, Denise Haugh, Edel Doherty, Patrick Curley.