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VIEWING : SESSIONS 08 in Drogheda

VIEWING : SESSIONS 08 in Drogheda

Audrey Tautou lives it up in the south of France in Priceless

This event will be co-hosted by Droichead Arts Centre and access CINEMA. The weekend is an opportunity for access CINEMA members working in film exhibition to see films due to released over the next six months or those films which haven’t been seen our circuit previously. It is also an important chance to meet and network with colleagues and peers. We are aiming, as usual, to provide a diverse and interesting programme of films, including shorts and archive material, that will hopefully engage and challenge delegates.

Opening Film
Director : Pierre Salvadori
France l 2006 l French l 104 minutes l colour

Amelie star Audrey Tautou shines in this delightful divertissement that has all the polish and champagne fizz of classic Hollywood romantic comedies. A glamourous golddigger, she mistakes mild-mannered bar tender Glad Elmaleh for another easy target. He is so infatuated with her that he dare not confess the truth. Pushed beyond bankruptcy, he finds an unexpected solution when a rich widow assumes that he is a gigolo. The path of true love proves remarkably bumpy in a film of great charm and easy wit.
-Glasgow Film Festival Programme, 2008

Director : Esteban Sapir
Argentina l 2005 l Spanish l 90 minutes l black & white

An entire city has fallen speechless during a long, harsh winter. An evil, unscrupulous man, Mr. TV, sole owner of the images that enliven the city and of a wide range of products produced under his own personal label, implements a sinister secret plan to eternally dominate each of the souls inhabiting the place. To achieve this monopoly, he has funded the creation of a dangerous machine transmitting hypnotic TV images inducing compulsive purchase of the goods bearing his brand name. The strange contraption is operated by a singing voice, and he therefore orders the kidnap of a beautiful, captivating woman, the only person who has mysteriously not lost the ability to speak.
-San Sebastian Film Festival Programme, 2007

Director : Andrey Zvyagintsev
Russia l 2007 l Russian l 150 minutes l colour

Alex takes his wife Vera and their two children out to the country to spend a few relaxing weeks in his father's lovely old house. They go for walks, meet neighbours and indulge in the pleasures of village life. But despite the harmonious picture the family presents to the outside world, some unarticulated problem clearly weighs heavily upon the relationship between husband and wife. The riddle is solved one evening: Vera is pregnant, but Alex is not the baby's father. His world collapses around him, and he has to take a decision...

- Cottbus Film Festival, 2007

Director : Joseph Cedar
Israel l 2007 l Hebrew l 120 minutes l colour

The Lebanon in the year 2000. Not far from the old seafarer's fortress, Beaufort, is a military base with the same name kept by the Israeli army. This heavily guarded post has been here since the war in Lebanon in 1982. It is a symbol not only of Israel's most controversial campaign for military control of Lebanon, but also of a sacrificial struggle during which many soldiers lost their lives. The Israeli troops move out of Lebanon, leaving behind their base at Beaufort. On the evening of 24 May, the base is destroyed, blown up by thousands of mines. The powerful explosion marks the end of 18 years of Israeli occupation.

This film tells the story of Liraz Liberti, the 22-year-old commander of Beaufort, and his troops during the last few months prior to their withdrawal. The story does not centre on the war but on their retreat. The base is still under enemy fire as Liraz prepares to explode the site, thus destroying everything that his friends and comrades have died for trying to defend.
- Berlin International Film Festival, 2007

Director : Jens Lien
Norway l 2006 l Norwegian l 95 minutes l colour

Shortly after a suicide attempt, forty-year old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment – even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. The people around him seem cut off from any real emotion, and communicate only in superficialities.
The ominous ”Caretakers”, who make sure the city runs smoothly, keep an increasing watch over Andreas as they find he doesn’t fit in. Andreas makes an attempt to escape the city, but he discovers there’s no way out. Then he meets Hugo, who has found a crack in a wall in his cellar…
- Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2007

Director : Nadine Labaki
Lebanon, France l 2007 l Arabic l 95 minutes l colour

In Beirut, five women meet up at a beauty salon, a highly colourful and sensual microcosm.
Layale loves Rabih, but he is married man. Nisrine is a Muslim and she has a problem with her coming wedding: She’s no longer a virgin. Rima is tormented by her attraction to women. Jamale is refusing to grow old. Rose has sacrificed herself to look after her older sister. At the salon, men, sex and motherhood are the subjects at the heart of their intimate and liberated conversations.
- Cannes Film Festival, 2007

Director : Sven Taddicken
Germany l 2006 l German l 99 minutes l colour

Emma's Bliss
A mediocre car salesman, Max suddenly learns that he's soon to die of pancreatic cancer. Stealing money from his boss, his plans to spend the last days of his life in a Mexican paradise are foiled when a sudden car accident leads him to Emma, a surly, lonely and hopelessly indebted pig breeder. She's delighted at Max's arrival: he's the kind of man she's always dreamt of and he's brought cash with him to boot. Max finally falls under the spell of the woman's ways, even forgetting the illness inexorably advancing upon him.
- Tromso International Film Festival, 2007

Director: Mike Leigh
UK l 2008 l English l 118 minutes l Colour

The adventures of Poppy. Is she perhaps a little crazy and irresponsible? Or is she in fact deeply sane and sensible? Either way, everybody falls in love with her, for better or for worse…

Mike Leigh’s new film revolves around Poppy, a teacher from north London whose life, at first glance, seems to be full of complications.
-Berlin International Film Festival Programme, 2008

Director: John Sayles
USA l 2007 l English l 123 minutes l colour |

In the rural Alabama of 1950, Tyrone, piano player and owner of the Honeydripper Lounge hopes to save the place from closure by hiring the biggest blues guitar player of the moment, Guitar Sam. Just a couple of days before the much-awaited performance, Sonny, a young guitar-player, arrives in town looking for work. He asks Tyrone for help, only to be arrested by the local sheriff and sent to pick cotton. On the day of the show, the train arrives and Guitar Sam is nowhere to be found. Tyrone has to take drastic action not to lose this big make-or-break opportunity, save the club and help launch a new musical era.
-San Sebastian Film Festival Programme, 2007

Ireland l 1960s l 59 mins l black & white

This material from the Irish Film Archive takes us on a 1960’s musical journey, in the form of Ireland’s first musical film O’Donoghue’s Opera and Louis Marcus’ award winning film Fleá Ceoil.

Director : Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
France l 2007 l French l 95 minutes l black & white

Tehran 1978: An eight year old Marjane, dreams of being a future prophet, intent on saving the world. Cherished by her modern and cultivated parents and adored by her grandmother, she avidly follows the events that lead to the downfall of the Shah's brutal regime. The introduction of the new Islamic Republic heralds the era of the 'Guardians of the Revolution' who control how people should dress and act. Marjane, who must now wear the veil, dreams of being a revolutionary.


Soon after, the city is bombarded in the war against Iraq. With the deprivations brought on by the conflict and the routine disappearances of family members and loved ones, the daily repression becomes more severe each day. As her environment becomes increasingly dangerous, Marjane's rebelliousness poses a serious problem. Her parents decide to send her to Austria for her own protection. In Vienna, 14 year old Marjane experiences another kind of revolution: adolescence, freedom and the dizzy heights of love but also with this excitement comes exile, loneliness and the bitter taste of life as an outcast.
-Cannes Film Festival Programme, 2007

Director : Jun Ichikawa
Japan l 2004 l Japanese l 75 minutes l colour

Tony Takitani had a solitary childhood. Being alone was normal since his mother
died young and his father was always away with his jazz band. At school he
studied art, but while his sketches are accurate and detailed they lack feeling.
Used to being self-sufficient, Tony seems to find emotions illogical and immature.

After finding his true vocation as a technical illustrator, Tony becomes fascinated
by Eiko, a client who in turn is fascinated by high end fashion. Eventually he
marries her, and his life changes. He feels vibrantly alive and for the first time he
understands, and fears, loneliness. But Eiko’s obsession with designer clothes
begins to worry Tony. When he asks her to economize, the consequences are

Director : Lucía Puenzo
Argentina, Spain, France l 2007 l 90 minutes l Spanish l colour

15-year-old Alex is struggling with mood swings, parental constraints and teenage crushes. However, all is not quite as it seems. Her parents relocated from Buenos Aires to a remote costal area of Uruguay when Alex was born with a genital ambiguity, to protect their precious child. But noble intentions are thwarted by Alex’s blossoming sexuality, and she and her parents are increasingly pressured to choose whether she will live as a boy or a girl.
— Nicola Kettlewood, Edinburgh Film Festival Programme 2007

Droichead Arts Centre + Cinemobile, Drogheda, Co. Louth, April 4-6, 2008
access CINEMA acknowledges the support of :

The Arts Council of Ireland/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon
Droichead Arts Centre
Drogheda Borough Council
Filmbank Distributors
Film Ireland
Expert Air

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