Transition Year

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Oct 10, Nov 6, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 12, Mar 28 – 10.30 (rec age 15+)

This year’s senior French film choice for schools is the sensitive, realistic story of Maxime and Mélanie, a teen couple in love. Maxime is a talented footballer and likely to be selected for trials. Life is good but when Mélanie comes pregnant, their worlds are rocked. Their parents’ responses are very differently, and as the pair try to decide what to do, they feel pressure coming at them from all sides.

An honest and heartfelt drama about young people thrust into adulthood, it poses rich questions for discussion such as ‘Who am I?’, ‘How do I make decisions?’ and ‘Who do I want to be?’

Please note this film contains some strong sexual references and a scene with strobe lighting.

Study guide in association with the French Cultural Service available here.

Also showing around Ireland – click for locations.


The Silent Revolution
Oct 11, Jan 17, Feb 5 – 10.30 (rec age 15) 
Based on true events, The Silent Revolution is a captivating Col War-era drama told from the perspective of two East German high school students. During a visit to West Berlin in 1956, Theo and Kurt witness dramatic footage of the violent Budapest uprising against Soviet forces. Back at school in Stalinstadt, they spontaneously stage a silent protest in class in support of the Hungarians who lost their lives.
Set during the Soviet occupation, the film highlights the stifling grip that the authorities maintained in the region and the impact on those living there.
Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. Study guide available here.
Also showing around Ireland – click for locations. 


An tSaothraí
Mar 13, Mar 14 – 10.30 (rated 12A)
I gcomhair Sheachtain na Gaeilge taispeánfar an beochan fada is déanaí ón stiúideo Éireannach Cartoon Salon. Tá an scéal suite in 2001 in Cabúl atá faoi
smacht an Talaban, agus insíonn sé scéal Parvana, cailín aon bhliain déag d’aois, a ligeann uirthi gur buachaill í le soláthar dá teaghlach agus le hiarracht
a dhéanamh saol a athar a shábháil. Ar an tslí, buaileann sí le cailín eile i mbréagríocht agus le chéile, ag tarraingt ar chumhacht na scéalaíochta, tagann
siad ar an neart agus ar an misneach chun aghaidh a thabhairt ar fhírinne uafásach an chogaidh atá rompu.
Set in 2001 in Taliban-controlled Kabul, this extraordinary animation from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon tells the story of 11 year-old Parvana who conceals her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father’s life. Along the way, she meets another girl in disguise and together, drawing on the power of storytelling, they find the strength and courage to face the horrifying reality of the encroaching war.


No 21 – 10.30 (rated 15A) 
A semi-autobiographical account of Vietnam from iconoclast Oliver Stone, Platoon is an exploration of the dehumanising effects of war, rooted in Stone’s own experiences and in countless post-war testimonies. The film swept the Oscars and struck a chord in America with its identifiable portrayal of a soldier (Charlie Sheen) on the brink. For students studying the Vietnam War under the Johnson administration, Stone’s film is an excellent account of the effects of the President’s decisions on the ground.

Black ’47
Dec 11 – 10.30 (rated 15A) 
An Irish ranger flees the British Army in 1847 to return home to the west of Ireland. When he discovers his family starving in the midst of the Great Famine, he sets out to seek revenge. This boldly-told thriller boasts gripping set pieces and an impressive Irish cast including Barry Keoghan, Stephen Rea and Moe Dunford. The film is sure to provoke discussion among students about portraying Irish history on screen.

Also showing at: Cork Film Festival (9-18 Nov) 021 427 1711


Bohemian Rhapsody
Oct 24 – 10.15 (rated 12A) 
Bohemian Rhapsody follows the iconic rock band Queen as they record their biggest songs and perform their most legendary shows, including a stunning recreation of their 1985 Live Aid concert. Featuring a superb lead performance from Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, it is a heroic portrayal that also explores the inspiration, composition and meaning behind some of the band’s songs. This long-awaited biopic is a must-see for students of music encountering the eponymous song in class.
Members of official tribute act Queen Extravaganza will attend our special preview on October 24th for
a short Q&A about Queen’s music and working in the music industry.
Preview in association with 20th Century Fox Ltd.


Westwood: Punk, Icon Activist
Nov 14, Jan 22 – 10.30 (rated 15A) 
Credited by many as having created the look of punk in the 1970s, designer Vivienne Westwood is an undisputed icon of the British fashion world. This
intimate documentary follows the designer, now aged 77, as she works hard to control the integrity of her brand and her legacy. Using archive footage
and interviews with associates, we are introduced to a true rebel, an entrepreneur and advocate for environmental and social issues.
Entrepreneur and activist Norah Casey will introduce the screening on November 14th.


Mar 26 – 10.30 (rating TBC) 
Irish boxer Katie Taylor is currently riding high as the holder of WBA and IBF World Lightweight titles. After a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016
Olympic Games, Katie turned professional. This revealing documentary follows Taylor as she attempts to get back on track following that major
blow to her career, and shows her determination to succeed in the professional boxing arena. Students of PE will find much to discuss including gender in
sport, going professional, and planning for optimum performance.


Nov 7 – 10.30 (rated 15A) 
Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer and couturier. From Savile Row apprentice to fourtime British Designer of the Year, he excelled and
excited with his tailoring, theatricality and the sheer bravura of his shows. His life cut short by suicide, this documentary traces his career, with footage from
some of his most famous and provocative shows.
Please note that this film contains strong language and references to sexual violence.

Junk Kouture 2019: Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs from everyday junk. Sara Ryan, Chief Operations Officer of Junk Kouture, will be on hand to introduce our screening of McQueen and present a former winner and their costume.

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