A feast of films

THE Dunamaise Arts Centre over the next week or so will be hosting a feast of films and plays, with something to suit everyone’s tastes. As well as these, this Friday night sees the opening of an exhibition by well known Abbeyleix based artist Carol Booth. The opening takes place at 7pm and all are welcome. The exhibition will run for the month of November.

THE Dunamaise Arts Centre over the next week or so will be hosting a feast of films and plays, with something to suit everyone’s tastes. As well as these, this Friday night sees the opening of an exhibition by well known Abbeyleix based artist Carol Booth. The opening takes place at 7pm and all are welcome. The exhibition will run for the month of November.

This morning as part of the centre’s Elevenses Film series, the centre will be showing ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ from 11am.

‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ follows a group of British retirees who decide to ‘outsource’ their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India.

Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. This charming film stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy.

On Thursday November 8 the Decadent Theatre Company will present ‘Port Authority’. In ‘Port Authority’ the audience meets Kevin, Dermot and Joe, three generations of Irishmen. Set against the backdrop of contemporary Dublin, each man’s story is a beautifully woven tale of failure, loss and the elusiveness of love.

With great wit and compassion Conor McPherson expertly exposes the heart of common man. Port Authority is a beautifully observed play about the also-rans of life, it is a powerful, funny and moving drama.

The play received dashing reviews from critics including Ben Brantley from the New York Times who said: “I found myself holding on to what these actors had to say as if I were a five year old at bedtime being introduced to The Arabian Nights.” The play is directed by Andrew Flynn.

Conor McPherson is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading dramatists. His plays have become major international successes winning Olivier and Tony awards. Previous plays include, ‘The Weir’, ‘The Seafarer’ and Shining City as well as the groundbreaking Irish Film ‘I Went Down’.

On Friday November 9, the centre is back to film as it presents ‘Free Men’. This will be shown at 2.30pm and 8pm. The little known story of Muslim freedom fighters and a Paris mosque that sheltered Jews during WWII is woven into a pulsepounding wartime espionage drama inspired by actual events.

Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) is a young Algerian immigrant who survives Nazi-occupied France by hawking black market goods. Arrested by police, the apolitical Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Grand Mosque and its shrewd imam (Michael Lonsdale) who is suspected of providing Jews false identification papers while feigning cordialities with a Gestapo major (Christopher Bucholz).

A dangerous cat-and-mouse game ensues, as Younes befriends a charismatic cabaret singer (Mahmoud Shalaby) with a secret identity, prompting a change of heart and divided loyalties. For more information on these, contact the Arts Centre at 057 86 63355 or visit www.dunamaise.ie.