The Club Scannán Sailearna committee are currently planning the Autumn 2020 season.

Given the challenging and uncertain context in which we find ourselves things are going to be different but we are confident that with the appropriate planning our members can enjoy another successful season of films in the Seanscoil.

As we plan a way forward we would like to hear the views of as many current and past club members as possible.

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(Les Innocentes)

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Director: Anne Fontaine
Poland, France 2016
115 minutes
Cert: Club


Set within the walls of a Polish convent in December 1945, just after the end of World War II, a holy retreat from surrounding horrors is revealed to be a savagely violated sanctuary awash in fear, trauma and shame. The central character, Mathilde is a young doctor caring for French soldiers in a Red Cross hospital. One day, a young nun appears and pleads with Mathilde to make an emergency visit to the convent to save the life of a sister who lies gravely ill. Mathilde slips away to the convent, to discover a pregnant novice in the throes of labour. She delivers the baby but is sworn to secrecy by the fearful Mother Abbess, who is terrified lest the news of a pregnant nun tarnish the convent’s reputation. Mathilde learns that several months earlier, Soviet soldiers occupying Poland stormed the convent and repeatedly raped the nuns, leaving many pregnant.

Based on real events, The Innocents explores how the atrocities test the sisters’ religious faith. The most compelling character is the severe Mother Abbess, who faces an excruciating unbearable choice between saving a baby’s life and risking disgrace, or abandoning the infant.

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