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Our Members' Film Club features a variety of critically acclaimed classic and contemporary films and documentaries from Ireland and around the world.
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In 2017 Ireland and Japan will celebrate 60 years since the establishment of formal Diplomatic relations. A number of events will take place during the year to celebrate this occasion and the Chester Beatty Library Members' Film Club will feature screenings of some interesting Irish and Japanese films.

Film Club screening – Tim Robinson: Connemara 


Tim Robinson has been extensively mapping and studying Connemara for the last thirty years. His work has reached international recognition through publications such as ‘Listening to the Wind’, ‘The Last Pool of Darkness’ and ‘A Little Gaelic Kingdom’. Tim Robinson: Connemara is a documentary portrait by renowned Irish film maker Pat Collins and an exploration of landscape, history and mythology.


We are delighted that Pat Collins will join us to introduce the film and to take part in a Q&A session.


Running time – 57 minutes

Language – English

Cert – CLUB

Film Club screening – Shall We Dance?

One night as he is taking the train home after work, a man sees a beautiful woman standing alone at a second floor window, lost in thought. The second night, she is there again. Why is she sad? What is she thinking? The sign on the window advertises ballroom dancing lessons. The third night, the man gets off the train at an unaccustomed stop and climbs the stairs to the dance studio.


Ballroom dancing is regarded with great suspicion in Japan and with Shall We Dance? director Masayuki Suo has created a beautiful film about loneliness, secrecy and allure.


Running time – 96 minutes

Language – Japanese with English subtitles

Cert – PG

Film Club screening – His & Hers


“A man loves his girlfriend the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” Old Irish Proverb


From kitchens, living rooms, and hallways across the Irish midlands, His & Hers delightfully combines observation and charm to tell a 90-year-old love story through the voices of 70 women. This intimate gender and cultural snapshot explores the many stages of a woman’s life, and the relationships with the men in her life - father, boyfriend, husband, son.


His & Hers is an enchanting and affectionate appreciation for woman in all her versatility by award-winning director Ken Wardrop


Running time – 80 minutes

Language – English

Cert – G

Film Club screening – Ikiru


"The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates


An old man has drifted through his life and he knows that he is dying of cancer. In a bar, he tells a stranger that he has money to spend on a “really good time,” but doesn't know how to spend it.


Ikiru (meaning ‘to live’) is director Akira Kurosawa's 1952 film about a bureaucrat who works at Tokyo City Hall for 30 years and never accomplishes anything. This heart-warming film, featuring acclaimed actor Takashi Shimura, examines a man’s struggle to find meaning, and his determination to accomplish at least one worthwhile thing before he dies.


Running time – 141 minutes

Language – Japanese with English subtitles

Cert – PG