Cork Cine Club presents
GLORIA (Chile) on Thu 13 February
WADJDA (Saudi Arabia) on Thu 27 February
-First Film by a Female Saudi Director-
St. John’s Central College, 8pm
Cork Cine Club presents two films that feature richly-textured female characters of completely different ages, cultures and continents. What unites them is their defiant independence, refusal to give into self-pity, and willingness to take risks in the pursuit of happiness.
Gloria (Chile), about a 50-something single woman in Santiago, will be shown on Thursday 13 February. Wadjda (Saudi Arabia), about a streetwise 10-year-old Saudi girl, will be shown on Thursday 27 February. Both are screened at 8pm in St. John’s Central College on Sawmill Street, Cork.
Gloria is a splendid and very grown-up drama-comedy about a divorcee with two adult children who navigates the Santiago singles scene with decidedly mixed results. Director Sebastion Lelio and actress Paulina Garcia have together created a terrific work of maturity, depth and emotional insight.
The New York Times gave the film five stars, saying ‘One of the delights of Gloria is that its richly detailed realism is fuel for thought: about Chile, about men and women, about how the cycles of family life have and have not changed as a result of sexual liberation and consumer capitalism. But
The other film introduces Cork Cine Club audiences to Wadjda, a feisty, sarcastic Muslim girl wise beyond her ten years.
Wadjda lives in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she exists in a conservative world, she is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighbourhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race.
This ground-breaking first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female Saudi director, Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Wadjda offers a moving, accurate and rarely seen picture of everyday life in Riyadh. With a central character unique to the screen, Al-Mansour has crafted a subtle counterpoint to the images of Muslim females the world is accustomed to seeing: a character who holds hope for the future.
Other films in Cork Cine Club’s current season are Out In The Dark (Israel 2012) on 6 March; The Act of Killing (documentary – Indonesia/UK 2012) on 13 March; Night of Silence (Turkey 2012) on 20 March; In The Name Of (Poland 2013) on 27 March; and The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium/Netherlands 2012) on 3 April.
Cine Club membership is included in the ticket price of €8.50/€7. TTrailers and reviews can be found on www.corkcineclub.com, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Tickets are sold at the door. Foreign language films are subtitled.
Cork Cine Club is a volunteer-run organisation whose mission is to give local audiences the chance to see a range of world cinema not usually available on commercial cinema screens. Since its founding in 2010, the Cine Club has offered more than 90 of the best in independent films to Cork cinephiles.
Cork Cine Club is supported by access>CINEMA, a resource organization for regional cultural cinema, and by The Arts Council of Ireland.
Director: Sebastion Lelio. Chile, 2012. Language: Spanish. 110 minutes. Cert: CLUB
Starring: Paulina Garcia, Sergio Hernandez, MarcialTagle, Diego Fontecilla, Fabiola Zamora, Antonia Santa Maria, Coca Guazzini, Hugo Moraga, Alejandro Goic, Liliana Garcia, Luz Jimenez
Winner – Paulina Garcia, Best Actress, Berlin Film Festival 2012
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour. Saudi Arabia, 2012. Language: Arabic. 98 minutes. Cert: PG
Starring: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf