The Silent Revolution / Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer (2018)

The Silent Revolution / Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer (2018)

Draiocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Tue 23 Oct 2018 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 per student / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the film 'The Silent Revolution / Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer'  for TY and Senior Cycle Secondary School Students, in German (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 15+

Based on true events, Silent Revolution is a captivating Cold War-era drama told from the perspective of two East-German high school students.  It’s 1956 and during a visit to West Berlin, Theo and Kurt witness dramatic footage of the Budapest uprising. Back at school in Stalinstadt, they spontaneously stage a silent protest in class. Set during the Soviet occupation of East Germany the film highlights the stifling grip that the authorities maintained in the region and the impact on those living there. 

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Dur 98 mins • Age 15+ • Suitable for TY, 5th & 6th year students
Germany • 2018 • Drama  • German with English Subtitles • Director: Lars Kraume
Writers: Dietrich Garstka (book), Lars Kraume (adaptation)
Stars: Jördis Triebel, Burghart Klaußner, Ronald Zehrfeld

Making the Grade (2017)
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Making the Grade (2017)

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Wed 24 Oct 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

From documentary maker Ken Wardrop (His & Hers, Mom & Me), comes ‘Making The Grade’, which invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. These exams can be pleasing for some but daunting for others. Each student has their own goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. This is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers. It may inspire us all to keep making the grade. The filmmakers travelled the length and breadth of the country to film with teachers and their students as they prepared for their piano grade exams. The film features characters from as far afield as Kylemore Abbey in the West, to Derry City in the North and down to Crosshaven, Cork in the South.

CERT: G  Language: English   Dur: 86 mins
In association with Access Cinema

Cold War (2018)
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Cold War (2018)

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Wed 7 Nov 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

From the Director of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film ‘Ida’ (2015), Pawel Pawlikowski, comes Cold War, a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris – the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
Winner – Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2018.

CERT: CLUB  Language: Polish, French (English Subtitles) Dur: 84 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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"Visually stunning, passionate, wistful, and thoughtful in equal measure." New York Magazine

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (2018)
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The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 21 Nov 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

For years, Thomas Reid, a Co. Kildare farmer, has been locked in a gruelling battle with his neighbour, U.S. microchip manufacturer, Intel, who want to expand into Reid’s land. A lyrical and unconventional approach brings an added layer of interest to this ’David and Goliath’ tale of an eccentric Irish farmer who takes on the might of an American computing corporation in a battle through the courts. Feargal Ward’s handsome documentary explores the clash between tradition and progress; between the rights of the individual and the perceived good of society.

CERT: CLUB  Language: English   Dur: 76 mins
In association with Access Cinema

MORE ... Interview with Director Feargal Ward

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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 5 Dec 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

Its 1843 London and author Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in ‘A Christmas Carol’, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day) don’t miss this classic yuletide tale full of holiday magic.

CERT: PG  Language: English   Dur: 104 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone (1990)

Primary School Film Screening in Draiocht

Mon 17 Dec 2018 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O'Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

CERT: PG  Language: English   Dur: 103 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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The Santa Clause (1994)

The Santa Clause (1994)

Primary School Film Screening in Draiocht

Tue 18 Dec 2018 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

Divorced dad Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has custody of his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally causes the death of a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa's place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he's dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn't a dream after all and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.

CERT: PG  Language: English   Dur: 97 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

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Wed 19 Dec 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

This moving and beautifully told film is a true masterpiece of cinema. George Bailey (James Stuart) is in turmoil, having been framed by his arch rival. He’s torn between his own desires and aspirations, but struggling to always do the right thing. This inner conflict proves too much for Bailey, who sees suicide as the only option. In classic Hollywood style, Heaven sends a guardian angel to remind him how worthwhile his life has been and to treasure the good times.

CERT: G  Language: English   Dur: 129 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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The Wife (2017)
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The Wife (2017)

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Wed 23 Jan 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

In The Wife, Glenn Close gives voice to generations of brilliant, capable women who - because of backward gender roles - were relegated to supporting players in their own lives. The drama, an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel of the same name, stars the six-time Oscar nominee as Joan Castleman, the stoic, silent spouse of a world-renowned author Joe (Jonathan Pryce). 
Joan is a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty - the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his "art" with grace and humour, their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises and Joan's reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe's Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan's coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career. THE WIFE is a poignant, funny and emotional journey; a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation.

CERT: TBC  Language: English  Dur: 100 mins
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"Close wordlessly articulates “the tragedy” of generations of overlooked women." Vanity Fair

Miss Impossible / Jamais contente (2016)

Miss Impossible / Jamais contente (2016)

Draiocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Wed 6 Feb 2019 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 per student / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the film 'Miss Impossible / Jamais contente'  for Junior Cycle Secondary School Students, in French (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 12+

Some would say Aurore lives a boring life. But when you are a 13 year-old girl, and just like her have an uncompromising way of looking at boys, school, family or friends, life takes on the appearance of a merry psychodrama. Especially with a new French teacher, the threat of being sent to boarding school, repeatedly falling in love and the crazy idea of going on stage with a band ... This fresh coming-of-age drama centres on thirteen-year-old Aurore, trying to find a sense of belonging in the world stuck between a beautiful older sister and a brainy younger one. Léna Magnien excels as the prickly teen, rebellious and full of smart answers. Her parents threaten boarding school, but an empathetic teacher and an offer to join a band give her new possibilities. The band’s friendship helps her open up, realise her own talent and prompts her family to see her in a different light.

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Dur 90 mins • Age 12+ • Suitable for 1st-3rd Year students
French Release  • 2016 • Fiction • French with English Subtitles • Director: Émilie Deleuze
Produced by : Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo 

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The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez (2017)

The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez (2017)

Draíocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Wed 6 Mar 2019 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class of 20+

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the film 'The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez' for TY and Senior Cycle Secondary School Students, in Spanish (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 15+

It is 1934 in Madrid, and champion chess-player Diego falls for a French journalist and starts a family. When the political landscape around them grows more threatening under Franco, the three make for Paris, only to find themselves in the midst of Nazi occupation years later. When Diego becomes falsely imprisoned, he must use chess to earn the trust of his cruel captor.
The Chess Player tells a humanistic story of an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary circumstances and offers students a Spanish perspective on this turbulent era of European history.

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Spain • 2017  •  English Subtitles  •  Drama • 91mins
Director: Luis Oliveros