Clonakilty Film Club will begin its new Autumn Season on Tuesday, September 23 with comedic gem ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ from director Wes Anderson. The lineup of films for this new season is phenomenal: thought-provoking dramas, enlightening biopics and more than one comedy to up your serotonin levels on a dark and chilly evening.
Far from exclusive or elitist, Clonakilty Film Club, which screens at The Park Cinema, simply provides local people with an opportunity to see films which have received critical acclaim but not been released nationwide. Often the directors and actors are household names, especially in English language films – upcoming film credits will include actors Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, William Dafoe and Maggie Gyllenhaal with directors Lenny Abrahamson and Spike Jonze.
The Film Club is a friendly, welcoming environment – you won’t need to convince a cinema buddy to accompany you as many people come alone. With mingling opportunities provided at two wine receptions during the year, it won’t be long before you are on first name terms with the ‘frequent fliers’.
Membership costs €80 for the full year – with six fortnightly films before Christmas and six after, that works out at just €6.60 per film. You will also receive a programme, never miss a film with text reminders and enjoy the aforementioned wine and nibbles receptions. While visitors are also very welcome at €10 per film, membership offers the best value and helps to secure the future of the club.
The Grand Budapest Hotel – September 23
(pre-film reception from 8pm)
Ralph Fiennes plays Gustave H, the legendary concierge of the titular hotel, and newcomer Tony Revolori plays Zero Revolori, his young friend and sidekick. Together they become embroiled in a plot revolving around a priceless Renaissance painting and a family fortune.
Set between the wars, against the backdrop of a dramatically changing continent, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is a sumptuous Anderson extravaganza. Aided by such regulars as Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, designer Adam Stockhausen and composer Alexandre Desplat, Anderson’s latest film is rich in detail and epic in scale, suffused with the detached dry wit that is Anderson’s trademark.
Other films this season:
Oct 7 – The Golden Dream
Oct 21 – Frank
Nov 4 – Her
Nov 18 – 100 Year Old Man who climbed out the window and disappeared.
Dec 2 – 20 Feet from Stardom (TBC)