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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 – Pilgrim Hill
Jimmy is a middle-aged farmer living in rural Ireland with his critically ill father. Regarded by his neighbours as a harmless misfit, he has spent all his adult life as the caretaker of the crumbling family farm on the outskirts of a small town. An extraordinary debut feature from a young Kerryman, Gerard Barrett, Pilgrim Hill aims to shed light on the dark side of rural Ireland, where middle-aged men and women are living out their lives in isolation and loneliness. The film is a quietly devastating portrait of a bachelor farmer stranded with the previous generation while his contemporaries surge into the modern world.
Running time – 78 minutes
Language – English
Cert – 12A
Film Club screening – Oíche Nollaig na mBan
Oíche Nollaig na mBan / Women’s Christmas Night is a visual response to the famous poem by Irish language poet Seán Ó’Ríordáin. Working with a schoolgirl choir and intergenerational cast of women based in Cork, award-winning film writer and director Oonagh Kearney has created a radical re-imagining of the poem. This short film was commissioned to celebrate a centenary of art since 1916, and was winner of Best Irish Short at 2016 OFFline Film Festival.
Film Club screening – An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
This is the final film by the great Japanese director Yasujirō Ozu. Perhaps the most personal of Ozu’s treatments of a theme evidently close to his heart, it finds both elderly widower Shuhei Hirayama (Ozu regular Chishū Ryū) and his daughter Michiko entertaining decidedly mixed emotions about the prospect of her getting married and leaving her father to fend for himself. Deploying deliciously sly comedy, and a simultaneously playful and poignant tone, Ozu shows himself to be a man with a profound understanding of human nature. He himself never married, living for 60 years with his mother, and when she died he was dead a few months later. Over and over again, in almost all of his films, he turned to the same central themes of loneliness, of family, of dependence, of marriage, of parents and children.
Running time – 112 minutes
Language – Japanese with English subtitles
Cert – U