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Kildare County Council Arts Service

Maynooth Film For All: Film Club 2008 / 2009

Kildare County Council Arts Service in partnership with The Centre for Media Studies NUI Maynooth presents the second season of Maynooth Film for All, film club. The first screening on Wednesday 8th October @ 7.45pm features the hypnotic tragi-comedy Garage. Pat Shortt is a revelation as Josie, the caretaker of a crumbling petrol station on the outskirts of a small town in the mid-west of Ireland. ‘’A coming of age for Irish cinema’’ Sunday Tribune

The comfortable surroundings of the JHL2, lecture hall in the John Hume building, North Campus, Maynooth College is the venue for the club. Invited lecturers from various NUI Maynooth departments will briefly introduce the films and facilitate a short discussion following the screenings.


Registration and membership of the club is available through Maynooth Community Library. Complete and return the form below to the library or, drop along to their special registration morning next Saturday 4th October from 10.00am – 1.00pm.

Membership is open to all over 18yrs. and costs €45.00 for a full season of eight films. For further information or queries concerning  Arts Service programming please contact Brenda Brady Arts Assistant Tel: 045 448328 or Email:

Download PDF of membership form here

Download Maynooth Film For All 08/09 Brochure


Wednesday 5th November 2008
Lust, Caution 
Dir: Ang Lee   Taiwan 2007  157 minutes  
Starring: Wei Tang, Tony Leung, Joan Chen
Language: Mandarin / Japanese
Ang Lee's follow up to Brokeback Mountain is another tale of forbidden passion, but instead of dewy-eyed cowboys, the lovers are opponents in a deadly game of espionage. In Japanese occupied Shanghai, a young woman named Wong Chia Chi (Tei Wang) is recruited by the resistance to seduce the powerful Mr Yee (Tony Leung), a collaborator with the invaders. Over the course of several years, their relationship develops from mutual deception into a terrible sado-masochistic dependence.

Wednesday 3rd December 2008
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Dir: Julian Schnabel  France 2007  114 minutes  
Starring: Mathieu Almaric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Max von Sydow
Language: French
After a stroke, the editor-in-chief of French Elle went from playboy to paralysed. The Diving Bell And The Butterfly is his moving story. Based on the memoirs of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), it shows him waking in hospital to discover his fate and realising that he can only move one eye. Hostile and humorous in equal measure, he eventually agrees to communicate by blinking, and dictates an entire book this way. The result is a deeply affecting film

Wednesday 14th January 2009
The Edge of Heaven

Dir: Faith Akin Germany/Turkey 2007 122 minutes   
Starring: Baki Davrak, Tuncel Kurtiz, Nursel Kose, Nurgul Yesilcay
Language: German / Turkish / English
Winner of the Best Screenplay award at Cannes last year, Fatih Akins’s THE EDGE OF HEAVEN is a beautifully structured, emotionally draining drama which moves back and forth from Germany to Turkey in a seamless story of interlocking lives.
One reviewer felt it ‘’conveys the "lost in space" sensation migrants and their children feel when they have two homelands.

Wednesday 4th February 2009
Taxi To the Dark Side

Dir: Alex Gibney  USA         2007       106 minutes   
Language: English
Awarded Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscars, this is a gripping investigation into the shocking mistreatment of United States’ prisoners of War held in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, who also made the Oscar nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. In the face of thousands of prisoners passing through the system, an astonishing number of admitted homicides and a hastily drafted law – The Military Commissions Act – TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE seeks to ask and answer a key question: what happens when a few men expand the wartime powers of the executive to compromise the very principles on which the United States was founded

Wednesday 4th March 2009

Dir: Tom Collins Ireland 2006  88 minutes   
Starring: Colm Meaney, Donal O’Kelly, Brendan Conroy
Language: Irish
Kings’, adapted for the screen from Jimmy Murphy’s acclaimed stage play 'The Kings of the Kilburn High Road’, is a dramatic tale of friendship, loss and the isolation of a group of Irish men living in London.  Interspersing flashbacks of a lost youth in Ireland with the harsh realities of modern life, the director paints a poignant picture of broken promises and unfulfilled dreams for six men who left the Connemara coast to find their fortune, reuniting 30 years later to mourn the death of one of their brethren.

Wednesday 8th April 2009
La Antena

Dir: Esteban Sapir  Argentina      2005              90 minutes  
Starring: Alejandro Urdapilleta, Valeria Bertucceli
Language: Spanish
“Once upon a time there was a city without a voice. Somebody had taken away the voices of all its inhabitants. Many, many years went by and nobody seemed bothered by the silence.” This is the simple, intriguing premise of Argentinian fantasy drama La Antena (The Aerial). Writer/director Esteban Sepir counts Shakira: Live and Off the Record among his previous endeavours, but don’t let that put you off - this surreal, monochrome fairytale is sublime and as much a coup for Spanish-language cinema as Pan’s Labyrinth was before it.

Wednesday 6th May 2009
You Kill Me

Dir: John Dahl  USA  2007  92 minutes  
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni, Luke Wilson
Language: English
A hitman comes to realise that his life is out of whack (quite literally) in John Dahl's black comedy You Kill Me. There's a steady rat-a-tat of scathing one-liners but Ben Kingsley even manages to get laughs between the lines as triggerman Frank Falenczyk who's forced to enrol in AA meetings after getting drunk and passing out on the job. The film isn't without its flaws, but in defying Hollywood convention, it manages to reach parts other comedies cannot reach