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Subtitle European Film Festival Returns to Galway – January 26-28th
19 Jan 2018 : Nathan Griffin
The Subtitle European Film Festival returns to the Galway Town Hall Theatre this January, showcasing a selection of the best and most popular foreign language films from across Europe. The festival offers Irish audiences’ an opportunity to see some of the best comedies and dramas from continental Europe, and offers a platform to a genre that is growing in popularity amongst English speaking nations.

The festival runs over the last weekend of this month from Friday, January 26th to Sunday January 28th, with the Galway Town Hall Theatre hosting 11 films across the three days. Films from nine different countries feature on this year’s bill with Palme d’Or winner ‘The Square’ and European film of the Year winner, ‘Loveless’ both screening over the weekend.

Speaking ahead of the Galway screenings, Subtitle founder and director Richard Cook said:

"It is fair to say the festival is going from strength to strength really. This will be our fifth Galway Subtitle and the numbers really shot up last year, with just over 1,000 tickets sold. People are beginning to trust the brand, which is great to see. As always, I try to get the best available titles and I'm proud to say this year there are nine Irish premieres out of the 11 we are screening."

The festival will open on Friday with Polish film ‘Beyond Words, begining at 7pm. Directed by Urszula Antoniak, the drama follows Michael, a young and successful Berlin lawyer, who shows no hint of his Polish roots. However, the sudden appearance of his father, who was long presumed dead, plunges Michael into an existential crisis.

 

Other films over the weekend include:

‘Waterboys’ - Friday (9pm) – Dutch

You cannot choose your father. Neither can you choose your son. Victor is a cynical crime novelist; his son Zach is a cello-player. When they get thrown out by their women on the same day, the two men have to sort out themselves and their relationship during a turbulent trip to Scotland.

 

‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ - Saturday (12pm) – Spanish

After eight years in prison after a failed robbery, Curro has one thing in mind: to find his family and live a normal life. However the arrival of a mysterious stranger will shake up his plans and drag him into a dark and unrewarded journey to revenge.

 

‘The Untouchables’ - Saturday (2pm) – French

Regarded as something of a modern classic in France, it tackles the troubling subjects of, and stereotypes about, race, unemployment, and disability.

 

‘King of the Belgians’ - Saturday (4pm) - Belgian

A classic mockumentary blending gently satirical humour with deeper underpinnings, ‘King of the Belgians’ is a delightful, surprisingly respectful ribbing of the incongruity of monarchy, Belgium, and the Balkans.

 

‘Loveless’ - Saturday (6:30pm) – Russian

Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration, and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives with new partners, they are impatient to start again – even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha.

 

‘Number One - Saturday (9pm) – French

Timely, topical and thought provoking, Emmanuelle Devos stars as a business executive attempting to crash through the glass ceiling and become the first woman to lead a major French company.

 

‘Winter Brothers’ - Sunday (12:30pm) – Danish

Emil (Elliott Crosset Hove) works with his brother in a limestone quarry and sells to miners the adulterated alcohol he makes. Relationships change when the mixture prepared by Emil is accused of poisoning one of them and the trust of those around him, including his brother, drifts away from him.

 

‘Animals’ - Sunday (2:45pm) – Swiss

A collision with a sheep begin a series of weird and unsettling experiences for Anna and Nick, leaving them uncertain of exactly where they are in the world, and in their own imaginations – or are they in someone else’s imagination? ‘Animals’ is an unorthodox and original combination of spooky atmospherics, thriller, and mind-bending mental puzzle.

 

‘A Man Called Ove’ - Sunday (4:45pm) – Swedish

Ove, an isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, has largely given up on life. His days are spent in a constant monotony of enforcing housing association rules and visiting his beloved wife Sonja’s grave. Then Ove’s routine is disrupted with the arrival of a boisterous young family who move in next door.

 

Closing Screening: ‘The Square’ – Sunday (8pm) – Swedish

‘Force Majeure’ director Ruben Östlund returns with a knife-sharp satire on art, culture and communication in the digital age.

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, ‘The Square’ stars Claes Bang (‘The Bridge’) Elisabeth Moss (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Mad Men’) and Dominic West (‘The Wire’). Christian (Bang) is a divorced but devoted father of two, and the respected curator of a contemporary art museum in Stockholm. He’s gearing up to launch their next show, ‘The Square’, a daring installation examining altruism and our duty to help others. However, Christian’s own views on social responsibility are put to the test when he becomes the victim of a scam, forcing him to question the world around him and his place in it.

Tickets are €9/8 or €55 to see all 11 films and available from the Town Hall Theatre (www.tht.ie).




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