07 Jan. - 14 Apr. 2016

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.

Full list of screenings at The Model Cinema:

Thu. 07 Jan. 8pm Tangerines
Thu. 14 Jan. 8pm In the Courtyard
Thu. 28 Jan. 8pm Mistress America
Thu. 04 Feb. 8pm My Skinny Sister
Thu. 11 Feb. 8pm Sunset Song
Thu. 18 Feb. 8pm Taxi Tehran
Thu. 25 Feb. 8pm Qual d’Orsay
Thu. 03 Mar. 8pm Miss Julie
Thu. 10 Mar. 8pm The Assassin
Thu. 24 Mar. 8pm The Grump
Thu. 31 Mar. 8pm Youth
Thu. 07 Apr. 8pm Chronic
Thu. 14 Apr. 8pm Rams

January 7

Dir: Zara Urushadze, Estinia, Georgia, 2013
89 mins
Language: Estonian
Starring: Starring Lembit Ulfsak, Giorgi Nakashidze, Elmo Nuganen, Mikhael Meskhi

Set during the brutal 1992 Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, this humanistic story follows elderly Estonian farmer Ivo nursing two injured men from opposite sides, in his small farmhouse. As both men recover, and Ivo remains stoically neutral, we observe this brilliant examination of conflict & humanity.

January 14
99 Homes

Dir: Ramin Bahrani, USA,2014
110 mins
Language: English
Starring: Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern

Florida builder Nash falls irretrievably behind on mortgage
payments due to dwindling work. His last-ditch attempt with the courts to save his home fails and his family is evicted by ruthless bank representative, Rick Carver. Surprisingly Nash soon accepts a job working for Carver, entering a web of moral ambiguity.

January 21
In the Courtyard, Dans La Cours

Dir: Pierre Salvadori, France, 2013
97 mins
Language: French
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gustave Kervern

The courtyard of a Parisian tenement building and its endearing, quirky inhabitants with their fears and desires are at the centre of this poignant tragicomedy from director Pierre Salvadori. Berlin International Film Festival 2015.

Presented with the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français.

January 28
Mistress America

Dir: Noah Baumbach, USA, 2015
84 mins
Language: English
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Matthew Shear, Jasmine Cephas- Jones, Heather Lind, Michael Chernus, Cindy Cheung, Kathryn Erbe

Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke—a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town—she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes. Sundance Film Festival 2015

February 4
My Skinny Sister

Dir: Sanna Lenken, Sweden, Germany, 2015
95 mins
Language: Swedish, English
Starring: Rebecka Josephson, Amy Deasismont, Annika Hallin, Henrik Norlén, Maxim Mehmet.

Shot in soft lighting, My Skinny Sister illustrates nostalgia for childhood best friendships, first romances, lazy summers, and whispered secrets. Thematically it takes a heavier turn, perfectly capturing the naiveté and confusion these situations can cause in the eyes of an adolescent with amazing performances by Swedish pop star Amy Deasismont (Katja) and Rebeckah Josephson (Stella).

February 11
Sunset Song

Dir: Terence Davies, UK, Luxembourg, 2014
135 mins
Language: English
Starring: Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie, Jack Greenlees

This film is an adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic novel about a farming family struggling to eke out a living in northeast Scotland.The Guthrie family cowers in obedient fear of its brooding patriarch (Peter Mullan), a man prone to sudden and ferocious bursts of anger. The daughter of the family dreams of freedom and escape, which she eventually achieves only for it to be disrupted by the Great War.

February 18
Taxi Tehran

Dir: Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2015
81 mins
Language: Farsi
Starring: Jafar Panahi

Panahi’s latest is perhaps his most playful film yet. It is mostly set and entirely shot from inside a car: a taxi of sorts, with
Panahi playing himself as an affable amateur cabbie. After giving rides around Tehran to a motley array of passengers he finally collects his niece, a sassy youngster making a little movie herself for school. – Geoff Andrew, BFI London Film Festival 2015 – Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale.

February 25
Qual d’Orsay

Dir: Bertrand Tavernier, France, 2013
113 mins
Language: French
Starring: Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, Julie Gayet

Pitched somewhere between Yes, Minister and The West Wing, Quai d’Orsay is a merciless satire of the French political classes that will resonate with anyone who has ever lamented the calibre of our elected representatives. The great Bertrand Tavernier brings a sense of glee to this breezy adaptation of the award-winning graphic novel by Abel Lanzac, a former government speechwriter. Winner – Best Screenplay, San Sebastian Film Festival 2013.

Presented with the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français.

March 3
Miss Julie

Dir: Liv Ullmann, Norway, UK, Ireland, France, Canada, USA, 2014
133 mins
Language: English
Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Chastain, Samantha Morton

Miss Julie is an adaptation of Strindberg by Ullmann, Bergman’s long-time collaborator – the action moved from Sweden to Northern Ireland. What transpires touches on the antagonism between classes and sexes – Miss Julie has the disadvantages of a woman and the advantages of an aristocrat, John the opposite package. Kathleen, a liminal character, is connected to each by solidarity to the weaker class and sex.

March 10
The Assassin

Dir: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, 2015
104 mins
Language: Mandarin
Starring: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun

Breathtakingly elegant, ravishing and set in 9th-century China. Lethal assassin Nie Yinniang fails an important assignment and is sent to her homeland by the nun who abducted her as a child and trained her. Her new orders, designed to both punish and eliminate the last vestiges of feeling, are to kill the man to whom she was once betrothed. However, Yinniang’s emotions lead her to defy her Mistress. – Winner – Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2015

March 24
The Grump, Mielensäpahoittaja

Dir: Dome Karukoski, Finland/Iceland, 2014
104 min
Language Finnish
Starring: Antti Litja, Petra Frey

If you liked The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window you’ll enjoy this tale of another elderly rascal. After a bad fall, a stubborn old farmer moves in with his career-focussed daughter-in-law, where he’s confronted with the modern world. This bittersweet culture-clash satire from director Dome Karukoski (Lapland Odyssey) was the biggest homegrown Finnish box-office hit last year.

March 31

Dir: Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, 2015
118 mins
Language: English
Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel

As they holiday at a spa in the Swiss Alps, two old friends – retired composer and conductor Fred (Michael Caine) and film director Mick (Harvey Keitel) – ponder on the beauty and absurdity of the world and life. Italian director Paolo Sorrentino returns after his Oscar- winning The Great Beauty with this bittersweet and beautiful English language drama. Audience Award, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015

April 7

Dir: Michel Franco, Mexico, France, 2015
Language: English
Starring: Tim Roth, Robin Bartlett, Michael Cristofer, Nailea Norvind, Rachel Pickup,

Sarah Sutherland, David Dastmalchian David is a nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Efficient and dedicated to his profession, he develops strong and even intimate
relationships with each person he cares for. But outside of his work David is ineffectual, awkward, and reserved. It is clear that he needs each patient as much as they need him. – Cannes Program 2015

April 14

Dir: Grimur Hakonarson, Iceland, 2015
93 mins
Language: Icelandic
Starring: Starr ing: Siguraur Sigurjonsson, Theodor Juiiesson

A warm-hearted drama laced with moments of deadpan comedy —tells the tale of two rival sheep farmer brothers whose 40-year-long feud is interrupted by an unforeseen event that could destroy their livelihood. Winner of Un Certain Regard Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2015

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