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Oct-Dec 2010 Screenings

Fri 8 Oct 2010
(Mic Macs - A Tire L'Arigot)

Fri 22 Oct 2010
His and Hers

Fri 5 Nov 2010
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The
(Mšn som hatar kvinnor)

Fri 19 Nov 2010
Last Night As I Lay Dreaming
(A tribute to Robbie McMahon of SpancilHill)

Fri 3 Dec 2010

Fri 17 Dec 2010
The Snowman


2008 - Uberto Pasolini - 108 - Sri Lanka

Fri 3 Dec 2010 at 8.30 p.m.
MacNamaras Pub, Scarriff

Machan Team Shot
Genre: Comedy

Cast: Dharmapriya Dias, Gihan de Chickera, Dharshan Dharmaraj, Mahendra Perera

Storyline: According to the International Handball Federation, there are 35 recognised member nations of the Asian handball division. Sri Lanka is not one of them. It seems, in fact, that Sri Lankans have very little concept of the sport at all, let alone enough to establish a national team. Yet in 2004, a 23-strong group of representatives of the Sri Lanka National Handball Team infiltrated an international tournament taking place in the suburb of Wittislingen, Bavaria. Unbeknownst to the German organisers, the squad had blagged their way into the contest, not with any view to compete, but with the audacious and outlandish plan to leave their harsh home lives behind in search of a better life. From the outset then, Machan has that madcap air of the underdog about it that cinemagoers seem to find so irresistibly alluring. But Italian-born producer-turned-director Uberto Pasoliniís film is a lot more sobering than you might expect from such an overtly eccentric premise. In taking these menís plucky tale to a wider audience, Pasolini laces together an intricate narrative, bringing difficult social concerns to the fore with great care and optimism. The film has been widely hailed in its homeland, and itís not hard to see why. Much like The Full Monty, the film that offered Pasolini his producing break back in 1997, Machan foregrounds a group who occupy the margins of a society burdened by the constant strain of economic instability. Disenchanted by the impossible problems afflicting their daily lives, Manoj (Gihan De Chickera) and Stanley (Dharmapriya Dias) chance upon a way out; an invitation to a handball tournament in Germany. Without much afterthought the pair submit an application, assemble a ragtag squad, and set their sights on the somewhat brighter lights of Bavaria. The assortment of friends, acquaintances and tagalongs (the cast themselves are a mixed bag of newcomers, non-professionals and established actors) intoxicated by the promise of greener pastures. While Machan handles some delicate social issues, it does so with a sense of humour and frivolity. Rather than exaggerate the poverty that plagues our protagonists, Pasolini astutely conveys a more pragmatic realism. The consequences, of course, are much more serious for this zealous troupe, but what is so refreshing and uplifting about Pasoliniís vision is that he rarely dwells upon such shortcomings. Instead, the first time director eschews the maudlin mentality that is so easily resorted to when raising awareness of immigration. As such, while the groupís hardships are a continual reminder of the films moral motivations, Machan is never overly sentimental and never melodramatic, but brims with charm, compassion and ultimately hope. - Adam Woodward / Little White Lies Magazine Winner - Europa Cinemas Label, Venice International Film Festival 2008

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Previous Screenings

Fri 10 Jun 2005

Fri 3 Jun 2005
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Fri 27 May 2005
Since Otar Left

Fri 20 May 2005
Old Boy

Fri 13 May 2005
The Motorcycle Diaries

Fri 6 May 2005
The Return

Fri 29 Apr 2005

Fri 22 Apr 2005

Fri 15 Apr 2005
American Splendor

Sat 9 Apr 2005
Ae Fond Kiss

Sat 12 Mar 2005
EXTRA The Story of the Weeping Camel

Fri 11 Mar 2005
The Story of the Weeping Camel

Fri 25 Feb 2005
Fahrenheit 9/11

Fri 11 Feb 2005
Bad Education

Fri 28 Jan 2005
The Station Agent

Thu 13 Jan 2005
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Fri 10 Dec 2004
Lost In Translation

Fri 3 Dec 2004
(Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself)

Fri 26 Nov 2004

Fri 19 Nov 2004
Raising Victor Vargas

Fri 12 Nov 2004
Far From Heaven

Fri 5 Nov 2004
Together With You

Fri 29 Oct 2004
Capturing The Friedmans

Fri 22 Oct 2004
Goodbye Lenin

Fri 15 Oct 2004
Mother, The

Fri 8 Oct 2004

Fri 1 Oct 2004
Death In Venice
(Morte a Venezia)

Fri 24 Sep 2004
Noi Albinoi

Fri 17 Sep 2004
Barbarian Invasions
(Les Invasions Barbares)

Fri 10 Sep 2004
Amandla ! A revolution in 4 part harmony

Fri 12 Dec 2003
City Of God (2)

Fri 28 Nov 2003
8 Women

Fri 14 Nov 2003
Nine Queens

Sat 1 Nov 2003
Documentary festival

Fri 17 Oct 2003
Divine Intervention

Fri 3 Oct 2003
Talk To Her

Fri 19 Sep 2003
Italian For Beginners

Fri 4 Apr 2003
No Mans Land

Fri 21 Mar 2003
Sex and Lucia
(Lucia Y El Sexo)

Fri 7 Mar 2003
Divided We Fall

Fri 7 Feb 2003
The Closet
(Le Placard)

Fri 24 Jan 2003
Salaam Bombay

Fri 10 Jan 2003
Y Tu Mama Tambien
(And Your Mother Too)

Fri 13 Dec 2002
Lagaan, Once Upon A Time In India

Fri 29 Nov 2002
George Washington

Fri 15 Nov 2002
The Taste of Others
(Le GoŻt Des Autres)

Fri 1 Nov 2002
The Devil's Backbone
(El Espinazo del Diablo)

Fri 18 Oct 2002
The Princess and The Warrior

Fri 4 Oct 2002
Aimée et Jaguar

Fri 20 Sep 2002

Fri 6 Sep 2002
Monsoon Wedding

Wed 29 May 2002

Fri 22 Mar 2002

Fri 8 Mar 2002
Tears of the Black Tiger

Fri 22 Feb 2002

Fri 25 Jan 2002
The Dish

Fri 18 Jan 2002

Thu 16 Dec 1999
Antoniaís Line

Thu 9 Dec 1999
Feng Yue
(Temptress Moon)

Thu 25 Nov 1999
Life is Beautiful

Thu 11 Nov 1999
The Sweet Hereafter

Thu 28 Oct 1999
Short Cuts

Thu 14 Oct 1999