Presented in St. John’s Central College from Thu 23 January through Thu 3 April
Cork Cine Club presents Season Ten of the best of independent world cinema beginning on Thursday 23 January. Ten films, including one award-winning documentary, will be shown in St. John’s Central College, Sawmill Street, Cork City on Thursdays at 8pm through to 3 April.
The season starts with the taut French colonial flick, Rebellion (L’ordre et la morale, 2012), which Filmuforia calls ‘a hugely intelligent film’.
Equal parts political drama, thriller and war movie, it’s based on the brutal 1988 repression of an indigenous insurrection in the French Pacific island territory of New Caledonia.
The indigenous tribe, the Kanaks, lived by ancient customs and chafed under the erosion of their independence. In the spring of 1988,they attacked a police station, killing four gendarmes who resisted and taking 27 hostages. What began as a confused local incident ended ten days later with a massacre in which two more policemen lost their lives and 19 Kanaks died, a number of whom were executed after their capture.
The film’s central character, sensitively played by director Mathieu Kassovitz (La Haine), is torn between doing what is right and fulfilling his duty as a military man. Elegantly interweaving dialogue and action with archival news footage, Rebellion evolved through long discussion with Kanak islanders – some of whom perform key acting roles – former soldiers and policemen.
New Caledonia’s only cinema operator refused to screen Rebellion, underscoring how the massacre remains one of the most polarizing military actions in the nation’s recent history.
The other films in Season Ten are Shun Li And The Poet (Italy 2011) on Thursday 30 January; Short Term 12 (USA 2013) on 6 February; Gloria (Chile 2012) on 13 February; Wadjda (Saudi Arabia 2012) on 27 February; 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. Benefits include invitations to pre-screening wine receptions and the conviviality of sharing a love of world-class cinema. Members often gathering in a local pub for a spirited post-show discussion of the evening’s film.
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.