16 Apr. 2013

Free screenings from the IFI Irish Film Archive

During the month of May, there will be a series of free lunch-time screenings from the archival Collection of the Irish Film Institute and this is to celebrate Ireland’s Presidency of the EU (until June 2013). The IFI Archive presents a collection of short films exploring impressions of Ireland and Europe in film and this programme is titled, Euro-Paeans: Celebrating Ireland and Europe in Film and it includes a rare chance to see some of the first films made in Ireland from 1897 by the pioneering French company Les frères Lumière.

The footage from Les fréres Lumiére give a tantalising glimpse of nineteenth century Ireland and include scenes of Dublin’s O’Connell Street (then Sackville Street) and firemen’s manoeuvres in Grafton Street. These are some of the oldest films preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive. Also screening is a selection from the Amharc Éireann newsreels, which include an exhibition of photographs from the ‘then’ newly constructed Berlin Wall in 1962; the first Aer Lingus Winter sunshine flight to Malaga in 1963; a Scandinavian Ceremony of Light; and an exchange programme for French and Irish school children.

Other highlights of the programme include The Saints Went Marching Out (1967) which celebrates the spread of Irish missionary activity in Europe and revisits Ireland, as a vibrant young country in Ireland’s Presidency of the E.E.C in 1979. Tribulations Irlandaises is a whirlwind tour of Ireland by a French film crew in 1965, which notes the people’s pious adherence to the Catholic Church under Eamon de Valera and Sean Lemass.
Finally the last shorts on the programme are two beautiful films set in small Irish schools, one from the Danish documentary-maker, Jon Bang Carlsen, which follows his son’s experience as a visitor in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare in My Irish Diary from 1996 and Michael Ryan’s recent short film The Polish School.

Sunday, 12 May at 1.30pm
Free screenings from the IFI touring programme. Films of les frères Lumière (1897) Selection of Amharc Éireann newsreels (1960s)
Irland und seine Kinder (1961)
Tribulations Irlandaises (1965)
(Total running time – 57 minutes.)

Sunday, 19th May at 1.30pm
Free screenings from the IFI touring programme. The Saints Went Marching Out (1967). Ireland’s Presidency of the E.E.C (1979). My Irish Diary (1996). The Polish School (2012).
(Total running time – 77 minutes.)

15 Apr. 2013

The Action School of Film: Summer Camp

In the first two weeks of July, the Action School of Film, will hold a Summer Camp at The Model. There will be a range of workshops and activities in the art of filmmaking and this Summer Camp is designed to help you learn about filmmaking in a fun way. There certainly will be plenty of opportunities to unleash your imagination.

With Action School of Film, you will get to produce short films and experience many elements of making movies, including: Scriptwriting, Directing, Acting, Cameras, Sound, Lighting, Set Design, Makeup, Wardrobe, Soundtrack Composition and much more.

Keep an eye on The Model’s website for booking details and also check the website of the Action School of Film for a look at award-winning films made by the students of the school.

Films made by students have travelled the world and been awarded prestigious honours both at home and abroad, including the ‘Golden Clip’ (1st place) at the Berlin International Youth Film Festival 2010; ‘Best Group Film’ at the Fresh Film Festival, 2010 and 2011; Second Place in the United Nations PERL film competition and inclusion in UN conferences on Sustainable Living (2011) and Official Selection for such international festivals as the Seoul International Youth Film Festival (2010 & 2011) and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2011).

10 Apr. 2013

'Grow Happy'- Screenings for Bealtaine

‘Grow Happy,’ couldn’t say it better myself. This is the theme for this year’s Bealtaine. The artist, John Butler Yeats, wrote that, ‘Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing or that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.’ Bealtaine is a reminder to us that, no matter what our age, we always have the potential for growth. So in the spirit of this sentiment, The Model have programmed a full and fun programme of events from dance classes, artist’s talks, tours and film screenings. You can download the 2013 Bealtaine newspaper here

On the 1st May at 11am, we are opening the festival with a screening of, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy. This is the perfect film for Bealtaine and definitely fits in with its theme, ‘Grow Happy.’ A group of retired ladies and gentlemen travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Although when arrive, they find that the hotel is less luxurious than its advertisements! But the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to work its charm on the new guests in unexpected ways. Coffees and teas will be provided before the screening, so come early.

On May 2nd at 1pm, there will be a screening of the newly released You Will Be My Son (Tu Seras Mon Fils). This is a gripping drama set in the glorious vineyards of St. Emillion, Bordeaux. Starring Niels Arestrup (A Prophet), who plays distinguished vintner, Paul de Marseul, reaching the end of his career and concerned about his successor. It’s a film of many pleasures, particularly the fine performances from its talented cast.

One of the absolute highlights of the festival will be the screening of four documentaries from the Irish made and filmed Hands series, which were made by the talented husband and wife team, David and Sally Shaw-Smith. This series of documentaries were made in the 1970s and 1980s and documents a way of life in Ireland, which even then, was disappearing. These amazing documentaries focus on the traditional crafts and lifestyles, where the emphasis was on the skills of human hands rather than on machines.

These will be free screenings and the two screenings from the series Hands on the 18th May at 5pm are: Hands 30 – Rushwork, which is based in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon and shows the the harvesting of rushes on Lough Ree, curing and making traditional rush baskets and other items. The other documentary screened on 18 May is Hands 36 – Of Bees & Bee Skeps and this was the winner of the Golden Harp for Ireland and is in now part of the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This is an arresting and moving documentary and records the traditional work of bee-keeping from making a straw skep to catching a swarm, and extracting honey. The Model are delighted that the filmmakers, David and Sally Shaw-Smith will be attendance for this very special screening.

The two screenings from the Hands series on May 25th at 5pm are Hands 29 – Currachs and Hands 13 – Chairmaker John Surlis. Currachs shows Ireland’s prehistoric skin boats and their regional variations, their use and construction, including the rare Co. Donegal paddled currach. Hands 13 – Chairmaker John Surlis – features, the making of ‘the Leitrim Chair,’ a rustic slab and stick chair using a cleft Ash, the drawknife and the cooper’s mare.

4 Apr. 2013

A season of film

An eclectic programme of new releases, both national and international, are winging their way to The Model Cinema, with titles such as the Oscar nominated No, Pablo Larraín’s film about Chilean democracy, which film critic Peter Bradshaw describes as ‘simple and direct, heartfelt and involving.’ Larraín director of the quirky Tony Manero(2008) uses an unusual televisual style to stitch together some amazing archival footage with his contemporary work. Starring the ever photogenic, Gael García Bernal, as a cynical hotshot advertising exec, who is devising a campaign for the ‘No’ vote again General Pinochet.

Good Vibrations had a raucous Sligo première for the North West Film Fest in November, 2012. Set against the backdrop of The Troubles, Good Vibrations is an uplifting, inspiring story that is about as feelgood as they come. The film’s protagonist, the irrepressible Terri Hooley sums it up best in the movie, ‘When it comes to punk, New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!’ Lisa Barros D’Sa, co-director of Hooley’s big screen biopic, puts it quite succinctly, ‘A one-eyed anarchist hippy from Belfast who in the darkest days of the Troubles decides to open a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations.’ Good Vibrations has been an instant hit with the reviewers with Mark Kermode describing it as a ‘an absolute humdinger, thrumming with the spirit of Belfast punk’.

Also screening in The Model Cinema is the new release from Francois Ozon (Potiche, 2011, Swimming Pool 2003) In The House, which is a dark, smart and incredibly sharp comedic thriller, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner and Fabrice Luchini. Luchini plays a world-weary teacher who becomes strangely obsessed with the writings of one of his students, who in turn has insinuated himself into house of a middle class couple.
With the film shifting between reality and fiction – the director, Ozon, has admitted to being one pretty twisted individual, which in turn makes for interesting viewing for the film-goer.

A starry cast are certainly slumming it in Lee Daniels (Precious) The Paperboy, includes Mathew McConaughey, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, Macy Gray and Zac Effron. ‘Deep fried Florida gothic,’ is how film critic Mark Kermode describes it, with John Cusack, as a deathrow inmate, who guts alligators for a living- nice. While Zac Effron languishes around for the most part in his underwear, nursing an unrequited desire for Nicole Kidman’s character. There is a jaw-dropping scene of a sexual nature, although astonishingly with no touching involved, between Nicole Kidman and John Cusack. The film critic, Peter Bradshaw gives a great description of this movie, ‘this is an undrained swamp of fear, black comedy and desire: nasty, sexy, funny – with a great period soundtrack and so humid that any screen showing it is liable to get microscopically pebble dashed with droplets of sweat.’ Although Cannes turned its nose up at this future cult classic – this film should come with a precautionary warning for audiences, ‘watch out for the jellyfish!’ (you’ll know what I mean, when you see it).

Posted By

Lara Byrne

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4 Apr. 2013

Foodie Films in The Model Cinema

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a delightful documentary about Jiro Ono, the 86-year-old owner of a triple-Michelin starred 10-seater sushi bar, which is tucked into a corner of an underground station in the fashionable Ginza district of Tokyo. Jiro is one of the most famous chefs in Japan. His painstakingly crafted morsels of fish and rice glisten like wet jewels, as sensual as anything served up in other famous foodie films such as Babette’s Feast (1987) or Chocolat (2000). Albeit perfection has a price, as a dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro costs in the region of €250 and at least a three-month wait for a seat. We see Jiro’s 50‑year-old eldest son and heir-in-waiting, Yoshikazu, selecting the very best seafood at dawn from the tanks of Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market whilst the apprentice chefs are diligently eviscerating eels and massaging octopi in the kitchen. A Japanese food critic sheds further light on the promotion structure: ‘After about 10 years, he lets you cook the eggs.’ Complete foodie porn.

The Model Cinema is screening a film, as part of the SÓ Sligo Food Festival in May; the new French release,You Will be My Son, which is set in the beautiful wine country of Saint Émilion and acutely portrays the French wine growing world in this classic, complex and gripping human drama.
Niels Arestrup (A Prophet) plays distinguished vintner Paul de Marseul, reaching the end of his career and concerned about his successor, his right hand man who is been diagnosed with cancer, whilst he feels he can’t leave his precious vineyard in the hands of his reserved son, Martin (Lorant Deutsch), who he bullies mercilessly.
The director, Gilles Legrand decided to research this film by combining his two favourite things, cinema and wine. The result was You Will be My Son and Legrand spent almost a year driving round French vineyards, of Burgundy and Bordeaux – talking and tasting. Nice job if you can get it.

Panoramic shots sweep along the long rows of vines with their fruit ripening in the summer sun, and the camera hovers around the ancient buildings of the Clos Fourtet Estate, formerly part of a military fort used to defend the nearby town of Saint Émilion. Ultimately, though, the piece is all about the wine. Legrand is unashamed in his own passion, telling a French interviewer: ‘I love the vines … the scheduling and constraint that is required to plant them … I also love the cellars, [the] alignments of barrels and bottles, silent underground, the smells, materials, colours, light … It is simple, the vine and the wine awaken the senses!’

Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ screens 17 & 18 Apr at 8pm. 21 Apr at 3pm *‘You Will Be My Son’ screens 01 & 02 May at 8pm. 05 May at 3pm; with a sepcial Bealtaine screening on 02 May at 1pm *

Posted By

Lara Byrne

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SO Sligo Food Festival, Film

28 Feb. 2013

BLACK ICE - advance screenings of the new Sligo-Leitrim based film

BLACK ICE is screening in The Model Cinema on Friday, 08 March at 7pm and 9pm. Sligo and Leitrim audiences have a chance to see an advance screening ahead of the film’s national release, later this Spring. Studio North West tv presents two special advance screenings of the Strandhill and Leitrim shot film, Black Ice.

Written by Sligo-based writer Brian Leyden and the film’s producer/director Johnny Gogan, Black Ice tells the story of Alice (newcomer Jane McGrath) a young ‘petrol-head’ trying to get to grips with the death of her brother in a high-speed crash. This Sligo-Leitrim produced feature film Black Ice is a film boasting a rich Irish cast including Love/Hate star Killian Scott.

The film includes a strong ensemble of North West based actors including Tubbercurry teenager Roisin Scully, Donal O’Kelly, Des Braiden, Michael Harding, Deirdre O’Meara, Marian Quinn, Alan Devine and Conor McDermottroe. Also marked out for notice were the film’s strong locations including Sligo’s Strandhill, scene of one of the film’s major set pieces.

Speaking at the film’s premiere producer/director Johnny Gogan was clear to emphasise that ‘Black Ice could not have been realised to such a high standard without the involvement of the community of car enthusiasts and the broader North Leitrim and Strandhill communities.’

A story of youthful misadventure set against the backdrop of a lawless Donegal border terrain during the last gasps of the Irish boom – Black Ice charts the story of Alice as she is seduced into the rhythmic rumbling world of local boy racers. In an important development for the local film production sector all post-production work took place under the tutelage of editor Patrick J. O’Rourke whose post-production company Sleeping Warrior Films forms part of a growing production hub around Dromahair.

The vast majority of the crew came from within the newly established Studio North West Forum. The film was produced by Dromahair based Bandit Films and Still Films (Dublin) with finance from the Dromahair-based Studio North West tv, a number of private investors, An Bord Scannan na hEireann/The Irish Film Board, and RTE.

Plans are taking shape for the national release of Black Ice later in the Spring.

Posted By

Lara Byrne

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Sligo, Leitrim, Film, Cars

26 Feb. 2013

Cannes Film Festival’s Best Actor Winner on Screen this Week

Presented in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute, www.ifi.ie The Model Cinema, welcomes March with a variety of enthralling cinematic experiences and exceptional performances, from winners of The Cannes Film Festival to Oscar nominees.

The spring season continues this week with a Danish spine-tingling thriller, ‘The Hunt’. Thomas Vinterberg directs this powerful and unsettling film that is complemented by an utterly compelling storyline set against a backdrop of insatiably good cinematography. The emotive lead role has won Mads Mikkelsen best actor at The Cannes Film Festival, an extremely talented actor still best known as the Bond villain in ‘Casino Royal’. Mikkelsen plays a popular teacher working as a kindergarten assistant, recently divorced and a cheerful participant in the local annual deer hunt, until a serious accusation is made against him and the situation violently escalates out of control.

Later in the month, The Model will screen, ‘The Sessions’, Helen Hunt is nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a fearless sex therapist in this touching witty true-life story of the writer, Mark O’Brien (played by John Hawkes, who was brilliant as the freakish leader of a cult in last year’s, ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’).

To celebrate St. Patrick’s day The Model will screen, Dreamtime, Revisited, a documentary by Dónal Ó Céilleachair and Julius Ziz is a “walkabout in dreamtime Ireland” inspired by the works of Irish writer, poet and philosopher, John Moriarty considered by many “as a major writer, comparable to Yeats, Joyce and Beckett. Scored by a beautiful soundtrack composed by Peadar Ó Riada.

The Model Cinema programme is available to view online on The Model website, www.themodel.ie/film > or by calling the box office on 071-9141405. Screening Times: Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm, with Sunday matinee at 3pm.

Admission: Full Price – €8/ Student& Concession Price – €6/ Online Price: €7. Present your cinema ticket at Slice Café at The Model and gain a 10% discount on your purchase

22 Jan. 2013

Cinema Programming in Process...

The spring film picks are in the process of being selected! Stay tuned to the website and our facebook to find out more……..so far so good and we are excited to annouce these titles.. preliminarily! Some Oscar favourites in there too!

IFI@The Model – schedule 2013
Wed. 30 Jan. The Master – confirmed
(Thurs. 31 Jan. No cinema due to an another event)
Sun. 03 Feb. The Master – confirmed

Wed. 06 Feb The Master – confirmed
Thurs 07 Feb. The Master – confirmed
Sun 10 Feb. The Master – confirmed

Wed. 13 Feb. The Master – confirmed
Thurs. 14 Feb. Beasts of the Southern Wild
Sun 17 Feb. Beasts of the Southern Wild

Wed. 20 Feb. Beasts of the Southern Wild
[No Cinema – Thurs 21 Feb. due to music event]
Sun 24 Feb. The Hunt

Wed. 27 Feb. The Hunt
Thurs 28 Feb. The Hunt
Sun 03 March The Sessions

Wed. Mar 06 The Sessions
Thurs . Mar 07 The Sessions
[No cinema – Sunday 10 March due to music event]

Wed. Mar 13 – Dreamtime Revisited
Thurs. Mar. 14 – Dreamtime Revisited
Sun. Mar. 17 – Dreamtime Revisited

Posted By

Gretta Salter

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9 Oct. 2012

The Model Cinema hosts the Guth Gafa International Documentary Roadshow

Friday, Nov 02, 6pm

This November, the Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival hits the road and will screen award-winning documentaries in regional centres around the country and on Friday, 02, November their roadshow will be in Sligo for screenings in The Model CInema. Alongside the screening of two key films exploring environmental and human rights themes, Windfall and You’ve been Trumped; members of community groups and public representatives will be invited to take part in post-screening discussions on the issues raised by the films. Discussions will involve the audience in the issues behind the films and make the Guth Gafa Roadshow 2012 an interactive experience for all those who attend. The documentaries to be screened are:

Nov. 02, 6pm
Director: Laura Israel (USA, 2010, 83’)

Wind power… It’s green… It’s good… It reduces our dependency on foreign oil. But does it? Or, is it merely a highly profitable financial scam for the many wind energy developers looking to erect industrial wind turbines in a town near you? Windfall, looks at both sides of wind energy develoment when the residents of a rural upstate New York town consider going green. Attracted at first to the financial incentives that would seemingly boost their dying economy, the townspeople grow increasingly alarmed as they discover the impact that the 400-foot Airtricity windmills, slated for Meredith, would bring to their community.

Nov. 02, 8pm
You’ve Been Trumped
Director: Anthony Baxter (UK, 2011, 95’)
In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland’s last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

Both screenings will be followed by Q&As
Free admission to both documentaries

11 Jun. 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson is easily my favourite director. He is quirky, imaginative and funny all while staying totally grounded and emotional. His films always tell of slightly unattainable characters that are strange with each other and their surroundings yet are connectable as they are vulnerable and human. Even though they are out of the ordinary, they still remain natural at the heart of their character. This is part due to the actors, (most of which work regularly with Wes Anderson), the writing and the unique vision of Wes Anderson himself.
Anderson’s style is creative and beautiful to watch.

He has written and directed seven features to date including, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. All of which feature his regular cast member Bill Murray (also starring in Moonrise Kingdom). Murray has had an illustrious career in cinema but has really come in to his own with his work with Jim Jarmusch and especially Anderson.

Other regular cast members include Angelica Houston, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe and Seymour Cassel. Some of which pop up in Moonrise Kingdom, along with new-comer’s such as Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel and Tilda Swinton.

Moonrise tells the story of a young boy and girl who fall in love and run away together. The locals set out to track down the two youngsters and in doing so end up unearthing secrets and truths about themselves, their families and their fellow town’s people. Set on an Island off the coast of New England in the sixties and in keeping with Anderson’s style it’s sure to be a visual treat as well as an entertaining and engaging hour and a half.

It is screening in the Model Cinema for 2 weeks, starting on the 27th of June through to the 8th of July and I can’t wait to see it!

“Anderson is telling us about his own story by the sounds of it. He is the 12 years old boy, he has just experienced his first love while at Summer camp, and immediately rushed to a camera to tell us, his pen pals, the story”. IMBD

Posted By

Cathy Quinlan

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4 Apr. 2012


Upon first hearing about, Margaret, I did my usual research who is writer, who’s in it, who’s directing and what’s it about. The story itself revolves around 17-year-old Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin), a high school student living in New York who feels certain that she inadvertently caused a traffic accident, which claimed a woman’s life.

Margaret has all the right ingredients for a great film, a startling opening sequence, a great storyline and a star studded cast, which includes Matt Damon (The Bourne Trilogy), Anna Paquin (The Piano, True Blood), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are Alright) and also a fantastic writer/director, Kenneth Lonergan. But it was the back-story about this film’s journey to the big screen and its subsequent limited release that really caught my attention.

This is Kenneth Lonergan’s second stint as both writer and director, since his Oscar nominated You Can Count On Me. Lonergan has penned some of Hollywood’s box office big hitters, with such titles as Gangs of New York and Analyze This. He has proven himself as Hollywood gold, so why have Fox Searchlight Pictures tried to bury his second directorial title?

First of all, the actual film was shot in 2005, hence the screen shots of a very much younger looking Anna Paquin. Initially, the dispute appears to have started over the long editing delays, as Lonergan’s first cut was just over three hours long, while the released version comes in at 150 minutes, so I get the feeling that Lonergan was pressurized into signing off on the shorter version.

No smoke without fire they say! With some of the actors saying the original script was over three hundred pages long! Searchlight must have panicked and thought lets bury it and avoid pumping more money into an already hard sell. In a world where three-hour drama films are nearly in a different genre, let alone era. Lonergan’s words on the subject, though limited, (due to pending court battles) were ‘…while I fully support the released cut, it is also no secret that I tried to get a subsequent version released, which Marty Scorsese very graciously helped with, which even more fully executes my complete intentions…a cut that I hope someday, somehow will see the light of day,’ which leaves the tantalizing prospect of a future director’s cut.

Social media has led this film on its own unique path, which in turn forced Searchlight to send out the screeners to festivals and reviewers, resulting in rave reviews with mentions of ‘Oscar material’ and ‘masterpiece’ in the same article. One day I am sure we will see a bonus edition DVD of Margaret, with the full three hours of the original directors’ cut and perhaps included on the extras, Kenneth Lonergan will get to tell his own story about ‘the one that nearly got away.’

Margaret will screen in The Model Cinema for three nights only, so catch this limited release while you can on the big screen this Wednesday and Thursday at 8.15pm and Sunday, 8 April at 6.15pm.

‘Paquin creates that rarest of things: a profoundly unsympathetic character who is mysteriously, mesmerically, operatically compelling to watch.’
Peter Bradshaw,
The Guardian *****

‘Kenneth Lonergan’s long-delayed second film, starring Anna Paquin, is a brilliant, sprawling drama of modern life’
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian *****

‘So what’s particularly astonishing about Margaret is that it feels so burningly right. It’s rare, unstable, and kind of a masterpiece.’
The Telegraph *****

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