Waterford Film For All : Spring/Summer 2022


 

 

WFFA : Ali & Ava

“★ ★ ★ ★ … an understated triumph … Barnard’s film is an essay in acceptance and love.”- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2021

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Event Date: Tuesday, March 29th

Event Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: €9/7.50

Ali (Adeel Akhtar) is a friendly British Pakistani working-class landlord and music enthusiast, who is trying to keep the fact that he has become estranged from his wife secret from the rest of his family. When Ali meets Ava (Claire Rushbrook), an Irish-born teacher and single mother of five, the two hit it off immediately. Their friendship quickly develops into a romance that takes them both by surprise.

Featuring heartfelt, authentic performances from leads Akhtar and Rushbrook, as well as an eclectic soundtrack, this Bradford-set film from acclaimed UK writer-director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant) is a warm, charming exploration of a midlife love affair.

 

 

WFFA : When All is Ruin Once

 

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 5th

Event Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: €9/7.50

A rural community commit their lives to memory as a new motorway ploughs onwards through their landscape, a glaring symbol of our modern age. What will remain when nature inevitably subsumes it all?

At the beginning of the Anthropocene – an epoch defined as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on the natural world – a rural community carve out their lives while a motorway ploughs forth through their landscape. It goes no further than the town of Gort in the west of Ireland, halted by the dawn of a financial crisis.

 

 

WFFA : Parallel Mothers (Madres Paralelas)

 

“★★★★ …it’s Cruz who sets the tone, with a performance that radiates warmth and is refreshingly forgiving of her character’s flaws. She has never been better.’’- Wendy Ide, The Observer

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 26th

Event Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: €9/7.50

When two women meet at a hospital and give birth to their babies on the same day, their lives are inextricably linked.

Janis, the older of the two, is more comfortable and confident with her single mother status. She is also trying to trace the unmarked grave of her great-grandfather, murdered during the Spanish Civil War. Ana is a teenage mother, left to find her own way by her absentee parents, and while she faces many struggles, with Janis’s support she finds her feet.

 

 

WFFA : The Souvenir (Part II)

 

“★★★★★ This rich and mysterious film is a real achievement”- Peter Bradshaw The Guardian.

 

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 3rd

Event Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: €9/7.50

In the aftermath of her tumultuous relationship Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) attempts to reconcile her fraught love for the mysterious, heroin-addicted Anthony.

Following immediately on from where the first film ended, she begins to work on a graduation film that will explore their romance. While reflecting on their life together and attempting to unearth the truth about the man she loved and understand her attraction to him, she also has to navigate on set tensions and her parent’s overprotective.

 

 

WFFA : Licorice Pizza

 

‘’ ★★★★★ One can scarcely imagine a more enjoyably chaotic way of welcoming in the new year. What a blast.’’- Donald Clarke, The Irish Times

 

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 17th

Event Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: €9/7.50

Writer-Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s ode to the 1970s Californian teenager,“Licorice Pizza” is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love. The film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love with potentially star-making performances from the fresh-faced leads. It is enjoyable, captivating, chaotic with an eclectic supporting cast of interesting oddballs.

 

 

WFFA : Flee (Flugt)

 

★★★★ This is a triumph-of-the-human-spirit story as dramatic as the most finely wrought melodrama, with flashes of vintage newsreels reminding us that it is all “real’’.”- Mark Kermode, The Observer.

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 31st

Event Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: €9/7.50

Flee tells the story of Amin Nawabi, a 36-year-old successful academic as he reveals a painful secret, kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail his life and his relationship with his soon to be husband.

 

 

 

WFFA : Master Cheng (Mestari Cheng)

 

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Event Date: Tuesday, June 7th

Event Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: €9/7.50

Following the death of his wife, professional chef CHENG travels with his young son to a remote village in Finland to connect with a man he once met in Shanghai. Upon arrival, nobody in the village seems to know his friend but local café owner Sirkka offers him accommodation and in return, Cheng helps her in the kitchen surprising the locals with the delights of Chinese cuisine.

Gradually his cooking encourages these vastly different cultures to connect, and Cheng is soon a celebrated member of the community. Unfortunately, his tourist visa is soon to run out and it’s up to the villagers to come up with a plan to help him stay.

Warm, with Finnish humour and beautiful Lapland landscapes exploring culinary art as a means of meeting people and bringing cultures together.