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Spotlight European Film Festival

In conjunction with Town Hall Theatre, SUBTITLE European Film Festival, is delighted to return to Galway to present some of it's most popular titles for a weekend best of! Come and see popular, accessible comedies, thrillers and dramas, for a magical weekend of cinema.

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A Horrible Woman Fri 25th Jan 18:30 90 mins Town Hall Theatre BUY
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Christian Tafdrup | Denmark | 2017 | Drama | Colour | DCP

When Rasmus meets Marie, he is certain that she is the love of his life. However, it doesn’t take long before it turns out she is a possessive and manipulative being, that cunningly dissects Rasmus to pieces. This is the story of the woman’s destructive insistence on dominance in a relationship from the man’s point of view. It’s a beautifully crafted film that playfully interrogates how love works and what happens when it all breaks down. It’s a film full of insight and wit on modern relationships and it is held together by a winning, charismatic performance from Amanda Collin.

The Trouble With You Fri 25th Jan 20:30
Sun 27th Jan 15:15
108 mins Town Hall Theatre BUY
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Pierre Salvadori | France | 2017 | Comedy | Colour | DCP

The Trouble With You is a terrific screwball crime comedy with a sparkling central performance from former French Shooting Star, Adèle Haenel. Yvonne is a police detective in a town on the French Riviera and the young widow of police chief Santi, a local hero. One day, she learns that her husband - killed in the line of duty two years ago - was in fact a crooked cop. Shocked by her discovery, she is determined to right all the wrongs he committed, which eventually leads her to an innocent young man, Antoine, who was unjustly imprisoned by Santi for 8 long years. Their encounter leads to a troublesome but very funny series of misadventures, wild mishaps and bizarre accidents, all of which combine to deliver a romantic comedy with unique quality. Directed with real style by Pierre Salvadori, the acting is top class across the board, including an excellent cameo from Audrey Tautou.

The Benefit of the Doubt 26th Jan 13:00 90 mins Town Hall Theatre BUY
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Samuel Tilman | Belgium | 2017 | Thriller | Colour | DCP

David is a happy young father. He has a wife he loves, two adorable young children, and a tight-knit tribe of friends he and his family always go away on holiday with. However, on returning from their last trip away in the Vosges, David is taken in for questioning by the police as part of a murder investigation. Before long the investigation reveals that all is not what it seems behind the happy and respectable facade of David’s life. Even if Noël, his best friend, and Marco, his lawyer, stand by him come what may, in his entourage doubt begins to spread and clans begin to form. In exploring the troubling power of judgement by intuition and the very nature of doubt, director Samuel Tilman has created a gripping film, ramping up the tension with each passing scene. At its centre is a brilliantly judged, compelling performance from Fabrizioi Rongione. 

At War 26th Jan 15:00 113 mins Town Hall Theatre BUY
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Stéphane Brizé | France | 2018 | Drama | Colour | DCP

This is a forceful timely and extremely provocative film from Stéphane Brizé which charts the human cost of a group of workers trying to keep their jobs in the face of modern capitalism. Despite heavy financial sacrifices on the part of their employees and record profits that year, the management of Perrin Industries decides to shut down a factory. The 1100 employees, led by their spokesman Laurent Amédéo, decide to fight this brutal decision, ready to do everything to save their employment. As the stakes rise, so do the problems and the harsh realities of working in the manufacturing industry in today’s free-market world come into full focus. At its centre is yet another extraordinary performance from Vincent London, and the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year: “The reaction in Cannes’ largest cinema hall was overwhelming; no film has received such an ovation for a long time.” Hanns-Georg Rodek, Die Welt

Styx 26th Jan 17:15 94 mins Town Hall Theatre BUY

Wolfgang Fischer | Germany | 2017 | Drama | Colour | DCP

Rike, a doctor from Europe, embodies a typical Western model of happiness and success. She is educated, confident, determined and committed. Leaving behind her everyday life as an emergency doctor, she fulfils a long-held dream and sails out to sea alone in her sailing boat. Her goal: Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. But her dream holiday is quickly broken off on the high seas, when, after a storm, she finds herself near a stricken fishing boat. Around a hundred people are about to drown. Rike follows maritime law and radios for help, but in the absence of answers, she is forced to make a momentous decision. This film is anchored by an urgent, compelling performance from German actress Susanna Wolff.

Unknown Soldier
(Tuntematon Sotilas)
26th Jan 19:15
27th Jan 17:30
179 mins Town Hall Theatre BUY
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Aku Louhimies | Finland | 2017 | Drama | Colour | DCP

A Subtitle Irish premiere, Unknown Soldier is the biggest ever-grossing picture in Finland ($17m) and is nothing short of a triumph from director, Aku Louhimies. The film is based on a best-selling book by Vinö Linna, who wrote about his personal experiences in the war and it follows a platoon of ordinary Finnish soldiers in the battlefield between Finland and the Soviet Union during World War 2. Linna’s depiction of the human psyche and warm humour make the story still very relevant, but significantly Louhimies has based his picture on the uncensored version of the story, which has allowed him to anchor the film with an unflinching realism, which is one of his trademarks. With a cast of incredibly talented actors to the photography and images, you are simply spellbound by the level of artistry at play in the hands of a master film-maker.

The Realm 27th Jan 12:45 127 mins Town Hall Theatre BUY
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Rodrigo Sorogoyen | Spain | 2018 | Thriller | DCP

Manuel Gómez Vidal is a beloved politician in his region: he enjoys a good social standing, has a loving family, friends everywhere and oozes natural charisma. However, he is also a corrupt man who has been enriching himself with public funds for many years. After attempting to cover up for an associate, Manuel is left exposed and to his surprise, the Party’s members seek to place the blame for the entire scandal on his shoulders alone. However, Vidal is not one to give in easily even as his life seems to be falling apart. The Realm brilliantly examines how far a person willing to go in order to hold on to power and the film fizzes with energy, plot twists underscored with a thrilling soundtrack from Olivier Arson. It also features some of Spain’s finest acting talent, with the central role superbly played by Spain’s most versatile actor, Antonio de la Torré. This political thriller is a treat and not to be missed.

C’Est La Vie 27th Jan 21:00 117 mins Town Hall Theatre BUY
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Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano | France | Comedy | Colour | DCP

The dynamic duo behind the 2011 smash hit, The Intouchables – Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache – reunite for this new comedy in which a wedding threatens to erupt into an utter nightmare for the party’s cantankerous planner. Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) has run a catering company for 30 years and today is Pierre and Helena’s big day. As usual, Max has recruited his team of waiting staff, cooks, and dishwashers and has advised the couple on a photographer and reserved the band. Everything is in place to make the party a success. However, as things begin to fall apart, we get a behind-the-scenes look at a wedding party through the eyes of the people working on it. They will all have to count on their one common quality: they know what it means to throw a good party. C’est La Vie is a deliciously deadpan comic soufflé, which ripped up the box office in France – definitely one not to miss.


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