Newcastle West Film Club looks ahead to new season

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

THE NEWCASTLE West Film Club’s new season gets under way this weekend, with an eclectic mix of emotive, dramatic and heart-warming cinema on offer over the next two months.

THE NEWCASTLE West Film Club’s new season gets under way this weekend, with an eclectic mix of emotive, dramatic and heart-warming cinema on offer over the next two months.

The film club has been steadily amassing a dedicated fan base from across West Limerick with its monthly screenings in a cosy, makeshift cinema in Newcastle West’s Desmond Complex.

Mary Carroll, a member of the film club, said that they are looking forward to inviting old and new faces to their three screenings this season.

“We feel, particularly over the last season, that we’re getting a lot of new faces who are coming down early, meeting people and just having a chat about film. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a film buff to come down. People are coming for the night out, and the film is almost a second thought!”

The new season starts this Friday with ‘Stella Days’, an Irish film directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan, which tells the story of how a small cinema in rural Ireland becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith, passion, Rome, Hollywood and one man and his conscience.

Friday November 2 will see the screening of ‘Monsieur Lahzar’, a French-Canadian film set in Montreal which tells the story of an Algerian immigrant who is brought into a public grade school to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping the young children to understand and come to terms with their loss, his own personal grief is slowly revealed.

The season comes to a close on Friday December 7 with ‘Breathing’, an Austrian film in which a young man who has been released from a juvenile detention facility takes a job in a morgue, and tries to come to terms with his past crimes.

Entry to all films is €7, and each screening begins at 8pm sharp. Ms Carroll said that the club are “very excited” about their choice of films for this season.

“‘Monsieur Lahzar’ has gotten very good reviews, and we’re very excited about showing it. ‘Breathing’ is a much grittier film, and that will be a bit more challenging. But we like the balance between the three films”