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Move Aside, Dinosaurs - It's All About Yeats and Irish Horror In Cinemas This Week

By olivernolan

December 20, 2016 at 12:10am


Chances are you’ll be high tailing it for Isla Nublar this weekend in the hopes of spotting some dinosaurs, and while it’s an otherwise quiet weekend at the movies, here’s a selection of alternatives for those of you immune to the charms of Chris Pratt: Dino-Wrangler.


Let Us Prey

From Friday 12th June at Omniplex Rathmines, Cineworld, Movies @ Dundrum and Odeon Coolock.

Irish director Brian O’ Malley’s feature debut stars a grizzled Liam Cunningham as the enigmatic ‘Six’, a stranger detained in a remote Scottish police station. As is to be expected, all hell breaks loose, leaving Pollyanna Mackintosh’s rookie-cop to pick up the pieces. Not one for the faint of heart, O’ Malley’s grisly horror played well on last year’s horror festival circuit, picking up the Melias d’Argent award at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Let Us Prey is another solid entry into the burgeoning Irish horror scene.

IFI & Yeats 2015 A Vision: A Life of W.B Yeats

Saturday 13th June, 2pm, IFI.

Surely there are few greater reasons to embrace our rich cultural heritage than the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of Ireland’s finest poets..

Taking place as part of Yeats Day 2015, IFI will screen Alan Gilsenan’s ‘film-poem’ this Saturday afternoon. A singular, experimental interpretation of the artist’s work, Gilsenan’s film uses only the words of Yeats to explore one of the greatest minds our country has produced. Yeats Day celebrations run 11 - 14 June, with events taking place across the country.


The Look of Silence

From Friday 12th June, Light House Cinema (Satellite Q&A w/ Director Joshua Oppenheimer Sun 14th June, 6pm).

Joshua Oppenheimer follows up to his 2013 documentary The Act Of Killing, a haunting dissection of the Indonesian killings of 1965-66, with a companion piece to that unforgettable film.

Oppenheimer redirects his focus this time towards a family that through viewing his film, discovered how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of his murderers. This acts as the spur for Adi, the family’s youngest son, to confront his brother’s murderers, asking them to take responsibility for their barbaric actions. It might make for difficult viewing, but The Look Of Silence appears to be every bit as essential as its predecessor.


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