In September, the Fermanagh Film Club started a collaboration with the Ardhowen Theater, Enniskillen, to continue to offer independent, foreign language and Island of Ireland-based films to Fermanagh audiences.
With the support of Access Cinema and Film Hub NI, the club has been in action for over 10 years and currently meets twice a month at the new venue, on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Tickets for all screenings can be booked through the Ardhowen website.
Over the past few months, the club has hosted a variety of film screenings, starting the fall program with the Oscar winning “Nomadland”.
During the FLive festival in early October, the Fermanagh Film Club screened the film ‘Normal People’, starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville, produced by Brian J. Falconer, native of Enniskillen.
In early December, in collaboration with the Film Hub NI, the club screened ‘Nowhere Special’, a Northern Ireland-based film starring James Norton and Daniel Lamont.
Following the screening, the film’s dialect and dialogue coach Brendan Gunn, who has Derrylin roots, participated in a question-and-answer session with Hugh Odling-Smee of Film Hub NI.
As Christmas approaches, the club will screen two festive films on December 22.
The family’s favorite “Elf” will screen at 2pm, followed later that night at 8pm by the quintessential Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
To kick off the New Year, the Fermanagh Film Club will launch its spring program on January 5th with ‘Another Round’, starring Mads Mikkelsen.
The film won the Best International Feature Film at the Oscars in 2021 and Best Film at the BAFTA 2021, as well as the Audience Award at the BFI London Film Festival 2020.
In the film, Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) and his three teacher friends all seem to have hit a middle-aged rut in their lives.
When one of the group members tells the others about an obscure philosophy proposing that humans are not born with enough alcohol in their blood, and therefore cannot reach their full potential, the men decide to test the theory by themselves…
On January 19, the club will host the film ‘Balloon’, written and directed by Pema Tseden.
Located on the Tibetan plateau in the 1980s, there are no more condoms, no more children allowed and no easy answers.
‘Balloon’ is a lyrical and seductive film by one of the world’s best directors, with the film presented in Tibetan with English subtitles.
The Film Hub Touring Collective will collaborate once again with the Fermanagh Film Club by presenting a special screening of ‘Wildfire’, starring the late Nika McGuigan, at the Ardhowen on February 2nd.
A French / Spanish film (with English subtitles), ‘Azor’ will be screened on March 1st. Located in Argentina in 1980, a private banker, Yvan (Fabrizio Rongione) arrives from Geneva with his wife, Ines (Stéphanie Cléau) to replace a colleague who has mysteriously disappeared in the military city of Buenos Aires.
Moving through the smoky lounges and lush gardens of a society under intense surveillance, he finds himself unraveling a sinister web of colonialism, high finance and a nation’s “dirty war”.
Then, and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the club will screen an Irish film, “Arracht”, directed by Tomás Ó Súilleabháin and starring Dónall Ó Héalai, Saise Ní Chuinn and Dara Devaney.
Set on the dawn of Famine in the 1840s, the film follows Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman living in Connemara, who visits his owner to beg mercy for his starving community. After a violent altercation forcing him to flee, he flees, living in isolation in a cave on the island.
Hungry, in mourning and on the verge of giving up, he meets a sick young girl and a vital friendship develops.
“All up-to-date information will be on the Fermanagh Film Club website and on the Ardhowen website. The Fermanagh Film Club is very grateful to Fermanagh and the Omagh District Council for their support,” said a door. – speech of the film club.