20 Sep. - 13 Dec. 2018

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.

20 Sep. C’est La Vie

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Eye Haidara
117 minutes, France, 2017, CLUB

Max is a veteran wedding planner who is thinking about selling on his business. For now, however, there’s something more pressing to worry about: organising a lavish wedding in a 17th century chateau. It’s no small task: there’s dozens of people to manage, unreliable electricity, a last-minute musician change, and an increasingly demanding groom. Soon, things start going very wrong indeed. Can Max and his team sort everything out without the guests noticing?

The latest film from Untouchable directors Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano is a gloriously manic French comedy. It hits the ground running and barely takes a breath as wedding disaster after disaster unfolds. With larger-than-life characters and laugh-out-loud set pieces, C’est La Vie! is a delight.

Festivals:

Toronto International Film Festival 2017
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017
Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2018
Glasgow Film Festival 2018
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018

“This is an expertly assembled, tartly played and hugely enjoyable romp from directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, whose Intouchables became a monster hit a few years ago.” – The Hollywood Reporter

27 Sep. Leave No Trace

Director: Debra Granik
Cast: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard
109 mins, USA, 2018, PG

A self-contained father and daughter, live happily on the fringes of society.

Will, a war veteran, suffering from PTSD, and his teenage daughter Tom, live in a vast urban park in Portland. Will is vigilant about their camp, their rations and the regular drills they have to remain undercover. Only leaving the park to collect certain supplies, their bond is apparent and unyielding. Until the authorities discover them and social services intervene. Offering help, imposing compliance and conformity, they are given a new home, and a job and school are arranged. Will quietly prepares for them to disappear again but Tom is beginning to enjoy this world….

Sensitive and enthralling with intense and touching performances from McKenzie and Foster.

Festivals:

Sundance Film Festival 2018
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018

‘Debra Granik’s follow-up to Winter’s Bone is delicate family drama at heart’ – Tara Brady, The Irish Times

4 Oct. Summer 1993

Director: Carla Simón
Cast: Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí
97 mins, Spain, 2017, CLUB

When six year old Frida’s mother dies from AIDS related pneumonia, she moves from her life in Barcelona to her Uncles Catalonian farm. This new family and her landscape are alien to Frida; she’s afraid of the chickens, she doesn’t know the difference between a lettuce and a cabbage and she has a new, adoring, annoying little sister. While her family’s warmth and love are abundant, their attempts to protect her only increase Frida’s bewilderment and isolation.

This autobiographical first feature explores Frida’s conflicting emotions as she struggles to process her losses and adjust to her new life. The performances of the two children are disarmingly vulnerable and natural in this gorgeous, yet unsentimental film about a child navigating grief.

Festivals:

Berlin International Film Festival 2017

Awards:

Best First Feature – Berlin International Film Festival 2017
Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury – Berlin International Film Festival 2017

“Striking a careful balance between narrative and atmosphere, the writer-director paints a vivid portrait of a light-filled summer when a little girl has to face the loss of her mother and integration into a new nuclear family.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety

11 Oct. Let the Sunshine In

Director: Claire Denis
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine, Josiane Balasko, Sandrine Dumas, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Gérard Depardieu
94 minutes, France, 2017, CLUB

Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is a divorced artist living in Paris. She has several potential lovers and suitors who compete for her attention, or in some cases display complete indifference despite Isabelle’s own obvious interest…

Director Claire Denis (Beau Travail, White Material) is best known for her often dark and challenging dramas – so it may come as a surprise to see her tackling what is, in essence, a romantic comedy. What won’t come as a surprise, however, is that she has crafted an accomplished, artful and thoughtful twist on that much-maligned genre.

Inspired by Roland Barthes’s 1977 text A Lover’s Discourse, Let The Sunshine In also boasts one of Juliette Binoche’s most captivating performances of recent years.

Festivals:

Cannes Film Festival 2017
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017
BFI London Film Festival 2017
Glasgow Film Festival 2018

Awards:

Winner, SACD Award, Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2017
“… a sophisticated delight.” – The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2017

18 Oct. Western

Director: Valeska Grisebach
Cast: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov
119 minutes, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, 2017, CLUB

A group of German construction workers sent to build a hydroelectric power plant set up camp on the outskirts of a remote Bulgarian village. Tensions within the group start to rise when former legionnaire Meinhard sets himself apart from his colleagues by making a connection with the villagers. But matters finally come to a head when the white horse that Meinhard has borrowed from townsman Adrian goes missing.

Using non-actors in all of the roles, award-winning director Grisebach subtly and intelligently explores the dynamics of all-male environments, as well as themes of national pride and cultural difference in this memorable and unique contemporary western.

Festivals:

Cannes Film Festival 2017
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017
Toronto International Film Festival 2017
BFI London Film Festival 2017
Cork Film Festival 2017
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
Glasgow Film Festival 2018

“There are no stagecoaches or six-shooters in this sharp, simmering drama of German-Bulgarian discord, but the spirit of John Ford graces it.” – Variety

25 Oct. A Sicilian Ghost Story

Director: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza
Cast : Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez, Corinne Musallari
122 mins, Italy, 2017

Set in a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, this is the story of adolescent innocence and painful reality. Giuseppe (Fernandez) is the son of a man with mafia connections who has turned informer. One day, this 13 year-old boy vanishes, kidnapped by those his father crossed. Luna (Jedlikowska), his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She and her friend Loredana (Corinne Musallari) petition the townsfolk to find him but to no avail. Rebelling against the code of silence and collusion that surrounds her, Luna refuses to give up her search; desperate to find the boy she so bashfully loves.

1 Nov. Cold War

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Cedric Kahn
88 minutes, Poland, UK, France, 2018

Poland 1949: talented musician Wiktor is part of a group visiting remote villages to select young people for a show of authentic traditional Polish song and dance. During the auditions Wiktor meets the beautiful and mysterious Zula, and soon the two have started a passionate love affair. Over the next 15 years their romance faces many obstacles, yet they are always drawn back together.

Based on the relationship of his own parents, this new film from Pawel Pawlikowski, the director of the Academy Award-winning Ida, is a passionate, music-filled love story set in a Cold War-era Europe. Shot in stunning black and white, Cold War deservedly won the Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Festivals:

Cannes Film Festival 2018
Sydney Film Festival 2018
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018
Galway Film Fleadh 2018

Awards:

Winner – Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2018
”… mysterious, musically glorious and visually ravishing …” – The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2018

8 Nov. The Young Karl Marx

Dir: Raoul Peck
Cast: August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps
118 mins, France, Belgium, Germany, 2017

Raoul Peck, follow up to his critically acclaimed documentary ‘I am not your Negro’, with a biopic of Karl Marx (August Diehl) that focuses on his relationship with English industrialist Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske).

In 1843, the 26 year old Marx is living in exile with his wife Jenny (Phantom Thread’s Vicky Krieps) in Paris, where he meet Engels. Quickly befriending one another, they set about writing revolutionary texts, seek out contact with utopian workers movements and clash with the authorities of France, Belgium and England – as they struggle for nothing less that a new social order. In the midst of turmoil and class conflict, together they complete the Communist Manifesto – a text that will change the world.

“A superhero-style origin story for the Communist Manifesto” – Irish Times

15 Nov. Wajib

Director: Annemarie Jacir
Cast: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Maria Zreik, Rana Alamuddin
96 minutes, Palestine, France, Germany, Colombia, Norway, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, 2017, CLUB TBC

Architect Shadi returns from Italy to his native Nazereth for his sister’s upcoming marriage. He has reluctantly agreed to honour his “wajib” or duty, to accompany his father in hand-delivering invitations for the wedding. Forced to spend time together after many years apart, past tensions and differences between father and son come to the surface. But as their journey continues, both men also start to get to know and understand each other better….

In Wajib, Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir uses a centuries-old custom as a simple device to explore familial and intergenerational tensions for contemporary Palestinians. Real-life father-and-son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri (The Band’s Visit) infuse their characters with warmth and humour. The result is a poignant yet entertaining drama.

Festivals:

Locarno Film Festival 2017
Toronto International Film Festival 2017
BFI London Film Festival 2017
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
Sydney Film Festival 2018
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018

Awards:

Winner – Don Quixote Award (International Federation of Film Societies), Locarno Film Festival 2018
“…an intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home.” – Variety

22 Nov. Under the Tree

Dir: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Cast: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson
Film Info: 89 mins, France, Iceland, 2017, Cert: Club

The shade from a front-yard tree brings the already simmering tensions between two families in an Icelandic suburb to boiling point. Pitch black in its humour, Under the Tree is a dark and wry drama.

Grieving Inga and put-upon husband Baldvin are the proud owners of the area’s only tree. Next door, amateur marksman Konrad lives with his new, much younger wife, the athletic Eybjorg — whose mere appearance incites torrents of expletives from Inga. Eybjorg is infuriated by the way the overhanging branches of Inga’s beloved tree block the sunshine. Absurdly hilarious and psychologically astute, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, expertly draws out the repressed anger and grief of his characters. An excellent cast perfectly tread the line between comedy and drama.

Awards/Nominations:

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards 2018 – Winner DFCC Best Cinematography Monika Lenczewska (director of photography)

Nomination:

Venice Film Festival 2017 – Venice Horizons Award – Best Film – Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

“Good fences make very bad neighbors in Icelandic writer-director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s black-frost comedy of suburban mores.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

29 Nov. The Rider

Director: Chloé Zhao
Cast: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau
104 minutes, USA, 2017

Brady is a talented South Dakota bronco rider and horse trainer – cowboys and rodeos are the centre of his world. So when he suffers a near-fatal accident that halts his career, Brady struggles to recover from a serious head-injury that forces him to reevaluate his future.

Chinese-born director Chloé Zhao proves that her acclaimed debut feature Songs My Brothers Taught Me was no flash-in-the-pan, as she returns with another beautifully crafted and absorbing glimpse of “real-life” America in this second feature. Casting non-professional actors as versions of themselves allows her to bring a unique authenticity and intimacy to the story – the result is a powerfully emotional and touching exploration of humanity.

Festivals:

Cannes Film Festival 2017
Telluride Film Festival 2017
Toronto International Film Festival 2017
BFI London Film Festival 2017
Sundance Film Festival 2018
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2018
Glasgow Film Festival 2018
SXSW Film Festival 2018

Awards:

Winner – Art Cinema Award (CICAE), Cannes Film Festival 2018
“…a very impressive, very accomplished film.” – The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2017

6 Dec. Dogman

Director: Matteo Garrone
Cast: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano
102 minutes, Italy, France, 2018

Marcello is a gentle dog-groomer who runs his own parlour in a run-down seaside town in Campania, Italy. He is part of a close-knit neighbourhood, which leads a relatively peaceful existence, except when terrorised by violent former boxer Simone. Believing that he can befriend and pacify this local thug, Marcello gets caught up in a world of petty crime and drugs, a mistake that will have far-reaching consequences for him.

Acclaimed Italian director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Tale of Tales) returns with this latest film – a powerful atmospheric, gripping drama, which won the Best Actor Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Festivals:

Cannes Film Festival 2018
New Zealand International Film Festival 2018

Awards:

Winner – Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival 2018
“A movie with incomparable bite and strength.” – The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2018

13 Dec. Lucky

Director: John Carroll Lynch
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston
88 minutes, USA, 2017, CLUB TBC

Lucky (Stanton) is a 90-year-old wartime veteran living in a small remote desert town. This fiercely independent aethist’s life has happily revolved around a daily routine involving yoga, diner visits, crossword puzzles, TV game shows, cigarettes and meeting up with his long-time friends at his local. But now as he contemplates the end of life, he finds himself on a late journey of self-exploration…

This award-winning first feature from actor-turned-director John Carroll Lynch (Fargo, Zodiac) allows Harry Dean Stanton to shine as the elderly atheist seeking the meaning of his life. Stanton’s final on-screen performance is funny, touching and beguiling, and all the more poignant in the knowledge that he passed away just days before the film’s US cinema release.

Festivals:

SXSW Film Festival 2017
Locarno Film Festival 2017
Vancouver International Film Festival 2017
BFI London Film Festival 2017
Tromsø International Film Festival 2018
Glasgow Film Festival 2018

Awards:

Winner – Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Locarno Film Festival 2017
“Everything Harry Dean Stanton has done in his career, and his life, has brought him to his moment of triumph in Lucky, an unassumingly wonderful little film about nothing in particular and everything that’s important.” – Variety

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