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April 27, 2012

The Bealtaine Festival Film Tour 2012 in Kildare


Bealtaine 2012 Programme cover The Bealtaine Festival 2012 will be offering a great selection of cinematic experiences across the country during May.

The Bealtaine Film Tour will be screening An American in Paris, My House in Umbria, and Last Chance Harvey in venues around Ireland throughout the month of May.  The tour is presented by access>CINEMA and the Irish Film Institute, with support from Seven Seas Active 55, and will be launched at the IFI on May 2nd at 11am. 

The three films selected for the Bealtaine Film Tour this year are diverse in genre and were deliberately selected to appeal to the wide tastes of older audiences. 

My House In Umbria, based on the novella by William Trevor, takes place after a tragic train accident.  Four survivors find solace in the villa of an English writer, Mrs Delahunty (Maggie Smith).  As they struggle to come to terms with the disaster, an inspector tries to figure out exactly what happened. 

Last Chance Harvey, a romantic drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, focuses on two lonely people who tentatively forge a relationship over the course of three days. 

An American in Paris, directed by Vincente Minnelli and winner of six Academy Awards, is perhaps the greatest dance musical of all time, starring Gene Kelly as a young artist who finds love on Paris’ Left Bank to a glorious Gershwin score.

Bealtaine screenings in Kildare:

Maynooth Film For All and the Riverbank Arts Centre will both be taking part in the Bealtaine film tour. The dates and times are as follows:

  • Maynooth Film For All, My House in Umbria, May 1st @ 11am
  • Maynooth Film For All, An American in Paris, May 22nd @ 11am
  • Maynooth Film Club, NUI, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
  • Riverbank Arts Centre, My House in Umbria, May 24th @ 11am
  • Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare



For details of your nearest screening see or look out for local listings.

For more details on screenings at access>CINEMA venues:
access>CINEMA Tel: + 353 (1) 679 4420

For more information on Bealtaine:

Telephone:  +353 (1) 805 7709
Post:  Bealtaine at Age & Opportunity, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9

The Bealtaine Newspaper, giving an overview and details of all festival activities is available to pick up for free from Centra stores nationwide. Also check out Bealtaine on Facebook and Twitter – and ‘Mary’s Bealtaine blog’ on

Age & Opportunity wishes to acknowledge the support of the HSE and The Arts Council of Ireland.