Drama, comedy and thrillers are in the mix this weekend when the Town Hall Theatre hosts 10 movies in the 2020 Subtitle European Film Festival.
Subtitle runs until Sunday, opening at 6pm this Friday with a 2018 French drama Our Struggles. Its central character Olivier does his best fight injustice at work. But when his wife abandons the family, he faces other struggles. This film explores absence and how to talk about desertion without condemning the deserter. French star, Romain Duris earned a nomination for a French César Award as Best Actor for his performance in Our Struggles.
The 2019 French/Algerian drama Papicha (Beautiful Girl) will be screened at 8pm. Set during the 1990s Algerian Civil War, it tells the story of a free-spirited, fashion-loving student whose freedom is increasingly curbed by sinister forces, until the only choice is to rebel or leave. It’s been entered as Best Foreign Film in the 2020 Academy Awards.
Films on Saturday kick off at 1pm with the Finnish/Swedish production One Last Deal (2018), about an elderly art dealer Olavi, who is about to retire. Having always put business before everything, he cannot imagine life without work. At an auction, an old painting catches his eye. Olavi suspects it’s undervalued and decides to make one last deal.
And Then We Danced will be screened at 3pm. This romance from Georgia is an entrant in the 2020 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film. Merab has been training from a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary. His world is turned upside down when the carefree Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and the object of his desire. This film premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Odessa Film Festival.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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Council officials branded ‘ignorant’ after reneging on circus agreement
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A circus branded City Hall in Galway ‘ignorant and arrogant’ after a spat over access to public space.
Circus Gerbola criticised Galway City Council for limiting the days its big top was permitted in Claude Toft carpark in Salthill and for reneging on an agreement.
The touring troupe said that last January, it provisionally booked the carpark from August 4-21. In early July, the Council emailed the circus and said it would be limited to seven days only.
Event Producer Jane Murray said she then secured a verbal compromise to rent the carpark for 10 days, including two weekends. But then the Council contacted the circus again and insisted that the site could be used for seven days only.
“I wouldn’t call them clowns because I think it would be an insult to clowns and generations of clowning. They were just extremely ignorant and arrogant. They were so unempathetic,” fumed Ms Murray.
They then scrambled to find alternative accommodation, in Kinvara, for performances today, Saturday and Sunday.
The third planned week has been moved to Conamara. From next Monday, the big top moves to Fíbín theatre company grounds in An Tulach, Cois Fharraige, for a series of events.
A Council statement said the matter was discussed at length internally.
“The carpark in question is relied upon by locals and tourists alike for parking, particularly during the busy tourist season. The best compromise in this situation was to permit the circus to take over full use of the car park for seven days. We do envisage complaints/representations from locals at being prevented from using this car park for a full week,” it said.
Residents call on Galway City Council to tackle burning of rubbish
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Local residents have called on the authorities to tackle the problem of an ongoing illegal dump in the Castlegar area with the rubbish being burnt off on a regular basis.
A particularly intense fire was set off in the Bruckey area on Tuesday afternoon last with black smoke billowing from the blaze – forcing local people to close their windows and doors.
According to one local resident, even the Fire Brigade couldn’t access the blaze which eventually burnt itself out over the following days.
“This has been going on for the past four years and we have made several overtures to the City Council on the issue as well as contacting the Gardaí, but nothing is being done about this.”
He said that the land being used as dump and fire site was rented and added that those burning waste were ‘a complete law onto themselves who did whatever they liked’.
(Photo: the fire burning on Tuesday)
Councillors ignore Transport Authority recommendation on estate access
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A submission by the National Transport Authority (NTA) – seeking to restrict new access points along the Western Distributor Road to ‘cyclists and pedestrians’ only – has been defeated at a City Council meeting.
Councillors voted 12-4 to reject the NTA submission presented in the draft Galway City Development Plan (2023-29) which sought to prevent new access points being provided for vehicular traffic.
The NTA in their submission said that their proposal was aimed at ‘protecting investment in public transport’ and in ‘facilitating sustainable travel’.
In his response to the submission, City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath, said that the Council did not want any further restrictions to be put in place.
Councillors Niall Murphy (Green Party) and Colette Connolly (Ind) had proposed the acceptance of the NTA submission in order to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians.
Senior Planner with the Council, Caroline Phelan, said that there was a substantial bank of land in this area (off the Western Distributor Road) and the objective was to be able to access zoned land.
Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) said that if land in such areas was prevented from being developed by a lack of access, it would have major implications for industry, jobs, housing and schools. “We have to allow access,” he said.
(Photo: The ‘Kingston Cross’ lands on the Western Distributor Road which were earmarked for a commercial and residential development anchored by Tesco and Decathlon: An Bord Pleanála previously ruled access points would be a traffic hazard, particularly when it came to cycling infrastructure and a bus corridor on the road).