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Ballina Arts Centre

Ballina Civic Offices, Arran Place, Ballina, Co. Mayo.T: 096 73593 E: W:

The White Ribbon (Austria/Germany 2009) Dir: Michael Haneke Tuesday Nov 2nd  @ 8pmThe White Ribbon is a 2009 drama filmed in black and white, written and directed by Michael Haneke. The story darkly depicts society and family in a northern German village just before World War I. According to Haneke, the film is about “the origin of every type of terrorism, be it of political or religious nature”.  Both provocative and elegantly executed, this is essential viewing – an examination of perhaps how violence can unwittingly take root in a society that ostensibly believes in other values. This is a multi award winning movie, having won the Palme Do’r at Cannes in 2009, a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010 and was recently named Best Movie at the BBC Four World Cinema Award.

I Am Love (Italy 2009), Dir: Luca Guadagnino, Tuesday 16th November @ 8pmSet in Milan’s upper classes, in the Art Deco villa of the wealthy Recchi family, this is a film about repression and breaking free. At a formal lunch party which pays out like a modern-day Italian take on Gosford Park, ailing scion Edoardo Sr. (Gabriele Ferzetti) celebrates his birthday by passing the family business on to his son Tancredi (Pippo Delbono) and, unexpectedly, his grandson Edoardo (Flavio Parenti)  the beloved heart of the family. With excellent performances all round this is a visually stunning film with an equally impressive script.

Life During Wartime (USA 2009). Dir: Todd Solondz. Tuesday 30th November @ 8pm                                      Separated from her incarcerated husband Bill (Ciaran Hinds), Trish (Alison Janney) is about to get married again. Bill is a paedophile so Trish couldn’t be more excited to have Harvey (Michael Lerner), a ‘normal’ father figure for her two sons. But when Bill is released from prison and the boys finally meet their future stepdad, the family is forced to decide whether to forgive or to forget.

Life During Wartime is funny and morbid in its realism, and for fans of Solondz, speaks to the sense of play and the strength of one of the most original voices in American filmmaking.  Admission €7 (Seasonal Rates Available)


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WORLD CINEMA, Tuesday 9th November @ 8.00pm, I Am Love (Io sono l'amore)Italy  2009  119mins  Language: Italian with English subtitles.

In a film of high drama that feels like grand opera, director Luca Guadagnino offers a story of power and passion set in the privileged world of Milan’s upper classes and the powerful Recchi family. Opening with the handover of familial power to the next generation, the film finds a family in flux, with offspring attempting to live their own lives in the face of conservative, parochial pressures, and Russian émigré mother Emma watching as the palatial family mansion becomes a gilded cage. Fuelled by the heady music of contemporary composer John Adams and breathtaking cinematography, the intoxicating whole is underpinned by a cast on top form, with an exceptional central performance by Tilda Swinton as Emma.  Adm.: €5

 “A work of masterly daring and skill… intoxicating… total cinema.” - Dave Calhoun, Time Out.  “Words like "lush" and "gorgeous" don't even begin to scratch the surface in (this) retro-styled melodrama.” - Christy Lemire, Associated Press.  “Elegantly directed and exquisitely photographed, the movie is a triumph.” - Rex Reed, New York Observer

VINTAGE FILM SCREENING, Monday 15th November @ 6.30pm & 8.30pm, The Seasons.The Irish Film Institute / IFI National is proud to present a special screening of The Seasons with live music from members of Kíla and harpist Cormac de Barra. The Seasons is an intimate diary of life in the little village of Kilkelly, Co. Mayo, in 1935. Made by amateur filmmaker Dr. John Benignus Lyons, it charts the social and agricultural life of the village over the course of a year. Meticulously shot in black and white and colour, with inter-titles in both English agus as Gaeilge, The Seasons is a technically adept and remarkably thorough anthropological study of a small village in days gone by. The film covers everything from the ploughing of land, the sowing of seeds, the footing of turf, the study in school, the handball games, the Patron’s Day Fair, the annual harvest and the blanket of snow at the year’s end.This very special screening which brings the film back to the county from where it came will have live musical accompaniment from harpist Cormac de Barra. Cormac will be joined by Colm and Rossa O Snodaigh from Kila to create a magical soundscape that will breathe life back into the village of Kilkelly back in the 30s. Adm.: €10 / €7 (concessions)

WORLD CINEMA, Tuesday 23rd November @ 8.00pm, The Girl Cut in Two (La Fille Coupée en Deux)Germany/France  2008  115 minutes  Language: French with English subtitles

Claude Chabrol was one of the founding fathers of the New Wave of French film, best known for his masterful suspense thrillers, subversive female roles and stinging critiques of the bourgeoisie, over a career spanning 52 years and over 80 films. To mark his death earlier this year we present his penultimate film The Girl Cut in Two, in which the old master lobs another elegant missile in the direction of the French class system, as the film chronicles the travails of an innocent young woman torn between two powerfully different lovers. She thinks she’s manipulating them, but, alas, it soon becomes apparent that the reverse is true. A film that finds Chabrol in typically fine form.Adm.: €5

 “Exquisitely skewed comedy of manners, yet also an undertow of suspense… Fuss-free storytelling which sketches in characters and situations with unfailing, utterly assured economy. When you’re this good, you just don’t need to show off.” - Trevor Johnston, Irish Film Institute programme.  “One of Chabrol’s most elegant, acerbic and heartfelt entertainments in years.” - Wally Hammond, Time Out London



 Cineclub na nÓg

Cineclub na nÓg is a junior film club, for children aged 5 to 12, which aims to foster a sense of film appreciation among children in an educational and fun way! They will enjoy the film in the state-of-the-art auditorium and, afterwards, the children will talk about the film with the facilitators – chat about what happened, discuss their favourite characters and their least favourite personalities, draw pictures based on the film etc. This fully supervised, bilingual club is a great way to encourage the children to express themselves as Gaeilge and as Bearla outside of school, in a fun, informal environment. The first Cineclub na nÓg gathering will take place on Saturday, November 6. Call 097 81079 for more details.

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Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

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John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

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