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Spotlight European Film Festival

In conjunction with the 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.

Tickets:
- Single Tickets 1pm - 5.30pm €9/€8 5.30pm onwards €10/€9
- Festival Pass (access all 10 films) €65*
- Festival 5 – see 5 films for €35*

For packages, please contact the Box Office on 091 569 777

24th January
Our Struggles
Our Struggles
18:00 | Town Hall Theatre | €10/€9
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FRANCE | DRAMA | 2018 | 98 MINS | FRENCH

Cast: Romain Duris | Laetitia Dosch | Lucie Debay

Olivier does the best he can to fight injustice at work. But from one day to the next, when his wife Laura abandons the family home, he is left alone to juggle between the children’s needs, life’s daily challenges and his job. Faced with these new responsibilities, he struggles to find a balance. Because Laura’s not coming back. This is a superbly crafted and provocative film which skilfully approaches the nature of absence: how do you talk about desertion, without condemning the deserter? The pictures is held together by a fantastic acting ensemble with an astonishing central performance by French star, Romain Duris. He was nominated for a French César Award as Best Actor and it’s not hard to see why. Do yourself a favour and get along to this one...

Papicha
Papicha
20:00 | Town Hall Theatre | €10/€9
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FRANCE/ALGERIA | DRAMA | 2019 | 106 MINS | FRENCH/ARABIC

Director: Mounia Meddour

Cast: Lyna Khoudri | Shirine Boutella | Yasin Houicha

Entered as Best Foreign Film, 2020 Academy Awards. This debut feature from Mounia Meddour is one of the few films that got tongues wagging at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 and we are thrilled to present it at Subtitle. Papicha (which means ‘beautiful girl’) is set during the Algerian Civil War of the 1990s, also referred to as the ‘Black Decade’. It tells the story of a free-spirited, fashion-loving young student, Nedjma, whose freedom is increasingly curbed by sinister conservative forces, until there is nothing else to do but either rebel or leave — the kind of stark choice which resonates as much today as it ever did. The film fizzes with an energy and freshness that mark it out as special; one of the main reasons for this is the striking performance of Lyna Khoudri in the leading role.

25th January
One Last Deal
One Last Deal
13:00 | Town Hall Theatre | €9/€8
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FINLAND | DRAMA | 2018 | 95 MINS | FINNISH/SWEDISH

Director: Klaus Härö

Cast: Heikki Nousiainen | Amos Brotherus | Pirjo Lonka

An elderly art dealer Olavi, is about to retire. A man who has always put business and art before everything - even his family - cannot imagine life without work. At an auction, an old painting catches his attention. Olavi suspects it is worth much more than its starting price, which is low because its authenticity hasn’t been confirmed. Olavi’s instincts kick in. He decides to make one last deal in order to earn some proper pension money. To fulfil his dream, the old dealer must face both the auction house and his own past mistakes. Heikki Nousiainen gives a terrific performance as Olavi in a fascinating film which seems to suggest that sometimes the most valuable bargains we strike in life are more emotional than financial. A little gem.

And Then We Danced
And Then We Danced
15:15 | Town Hall Theatre | €9/€8
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GEORGIA | DRAMA/ROMANCE | 2019 | 106 MINS | GEORGIAN

Director: Levan Akin

Cast: Levan Gelbakhiani | Bachi Valishvili | Ana Javakishvili

Entered as Best Foreign Film, 2020 Academy Awards. Merab has been training from a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary. His world turns upside down when the carefree Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire. This film, premiering at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has taken a number of festivals by storm, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Odessa Film Festival and it features a superb, breakout performance from Georgian actor Lev Gelbakhiani. Definitely one not to miss.

Aurora
Aurora
18:00 | Town Hall Theatre | €10/€9
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FINLAND | COMEDY/DRAMA | 2019 | 106 MINS | FINNISH/PERSIAN

Director: Miia Tervo

Cast: Mimosa Willamo | Amir Escandari | Oona Airola

Entered as Best Foreign Film, 2020 Academy Awards. One night, commitment-phobic party animal, Aurora, meets Darian at a hot-dog stand in Finnish Lapland. Darian – Iranian – needs to marry a Finnish woman to gain asylum; and while Aurora dismisses his propositions of marriage, she softens with the presence of his daughter and agrees to help. As Aurora introduces numerous women to Darian, the two of them grow closer to set off a feel-good, starkly- contrasted romance about two people at their ends of life, looking for a new beginning. When the perfect wife candidate comes along, Darian and Aurora are faced with a difficult choice: pretend to be happy or to finally stop running.

La Belle Éppoque
La Belle Éppoque
20:30 | Town Hall Theatre | €10/€9
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FRANCE | COMEDY/DRAMA | 2019 | 115 MINS | FRENCH

Director: Nicolas Bedos

Cast: Daniel Auteuil | Doria Tillier | Guillaume Canet

This is a fantastic French comedy drama. Victor, a disillusioned sexagenarian, sees his life turned upside down on the day when Antoine, a brilliant entrepreneur, offers him a new kind of attraction: mixing theatrical artifices and historical reconstruction, this company offers his clients a chance to dive back into the era of their choice. Victor then choses to relive the most memorable week of his life: the one where, 40 years earlier, he met his great love. A knock- out cast headed by Daniel Auteuil with Fanny Ardant and a charismatic, eye-catching performnce from Doria Tillier. This is the kind of picture that the French excel at — witty, laugh-out-loud funny and oh so stylish.

26th January
Custody
Custody
13:00 | Town Hall Theatre | €9/€8
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FRANCE | DRAMA | 2017 | 93 MINS | FRENCH

Director: Xavier Legrand

Cast: Denis Ménochet | Léa Drucker | Thomas Gioria

Besson, Miriam’s divorced husband, is a nice man. In charge of security in a hospital, he is esteemed both by his superiors and his fellow colleagues. Moreover he is a good father who, willing to be closer to his eleven-year-old son Julien, has chosen to be transferred to the town where the boy lives with his mother and his older sister Joséphine, soon to be of age. That is the very reason why Antoine, the caring father, is asking for joint custody of Julien. Well, all that would be fine provided Antoine actually was the man he claims to be. The trouble is that his wife and his two children see him in a very different light. If you missed this in the cinema, make sure to catch it this time round — you won’t regret it.

I Was, I Am, I Will Be
I Was, I Am, I Will Be
15:15 | Town Hall Theatre | €9/€8
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GERMANY/FRANCE | DRAMA/ROMANCE | 2019 | 120 MINS | GERMAN/TURKISH/FRENCH

Director: Ilker Çatak

Cast: Anne Ratte-Polle | Ogulcan Arman Uslu | Godehard Giese

This is a superb film, which won Best Screenplay at the Munich Film Festival this year. Kurdish gigolo Baran dreams of a future in Europe, while German pilot, Marion, is struggling to come to terms with a difficult medical diagnosis. When the two meet at the Turkish holiday resort of Marmaris, they engage in a kind of mutually beneficial double-cross, which rapidly evolves into something far deeper. The film cleverly charts how and why the pursuit of a better life in Europe is not so straightforward as it might be. However, while the past might be troubled and the present complicated, the hopeful promise of the future, gives this picture real bite, leading to a conclusion which is both unforced and deeply satisfying.

System Crasher
System Crasher
18:00 | Town Hall Theatre | €10/€9
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GERMANY | DRAMA | 2019 | 118 MINS | GERMAN

Director: Nora Fingscheidt

Cast: Helena Zengel | Albrecht Schuch | Lisa Hagmeister

Entered as Best Foreign Film, 2020 Academy Awards. She is small, but dangerous. Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled. The wild 9-yearold girl has already become what child protection services call a ‘system crasher’. And she is certainly not looking to change her ways. Because Benni has one single goal: to be back at home with her mum. But Bianca is scared of her own daughter. Mrs Bafané from child protection services is trying her best to find a permanent placement for Benni. She hires the anger management trainer Micha as Benni’s school escort and suddenly there is a seed of hope. Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired? This brilliant film will assault your senses like no other and is not to be missed.

Those Who Work
Those Who Work
20:30 | Town Hall Theatre | €10/€9
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SWITZERLAND/BELGIUM/FRANCE | DRAMA | 2019 | 102 MINS | FRENCH

Director: Antoine Russbach

Cast: Olivier Gourmet | Adèle Bochatay | Louka Minnella

Frank, a man of action who worked his way up all by himself, dedicates his life to work. No matter the place or the circumstances, be it day or night, he’s on the phone, handling the cargo ships he charters for major companies. But when he has to deal with a crisis situation, Frank makes a brutal decision and the consequences are severe. Profoundly shaken, betrayed by a system to which he gave his all, he has to progressively question himself to save the one connection that still matters to him: the bond he’s managed to maintain with his youngest daughter, Mathilde. An impeccable, sensitive performance from Olivier Gourmet lies at the heart of this outstanding picture — and the moral choices at its centre are ones that resonate with us all.

 


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