Séásúr an Fhómhair 2020 / Autumn Season 2020
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Covid 19 Update

On the 6th of October the Irish Government implemented level 3 restrictions across the state. Under level 3 indoor theatre-based events are not permitted. This means that we have to cancel some of the films planned for this season and that our Autumn Season will not begin until 29th of October at the earliest.

A decision on this will be taken and announced here nearer that date. In the meantime we will be contacting all those who have already bought tickets in order to arrange a refund.


Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Spain 2010
147 minutes
Cert: 15A
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu exploded onto the film scene in 2000, when Amores Perros, his remarkable debut feature, found an international cult audience. Since then the Mexican director has retained a striking and unique cinematic presence. His characteristically fractured, bilingual portraits of tormented, lost souls rarely qualify as date movies or entertainments, but few can rival his knack for portentous brooding and overwrought humanism.

With this in mind, showboating Hollywood heavyweights Sean Penn, Cate Blanchet and Brad Pitt all took hair-raising, selfless pay cuts to work on the coruscating 21 Grams and the rather less appealing Babel. Was this last picture the start of diminishing returns? Had all those A-listers turned the former wunderkind’s head?

Biutiful, the director’s first film since he split from his talented screenwriting partner Guillermo Arriaga, marks a stout return to feel-bad Hispanophone firma. There is, as ever, a multicultural feel to the variously Spanish, African and Chinese cast but, unlike its predecessors, Biutiful is rooted to Barcelona and its less picturesque suburbs. Where once the director sought meaning in globe-hopping commonalities, here he maps interiority.

An intimate and haunting character study of Javier Bardem’s doomed hero, Uxbal, and the gloomy slums wherein he plies his various backstreet trades, Biutiful is merciless in its use of dramatic irony.