Tue, Nov 01|
6 Week Series
Facilitated by screenwriter Maria O'Loughlin, each session includes a Feature Film Screening followed by a short talk on its theme, group discussion and reflective meditation.
Time & Location
Nov 01, 2022, 7:00 PM – Dec 06, 2022, 10:00 PM
Glendalough Sanctuary , Brockagh House, Derrybawn, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, A98 VK68, Ireland
About the Event
Week 1 Nov 1st - “American Beauty” (1999) Theme: Presence
Film 2 Nov 8th – “The Lives of Others” (2006) Theme: Intimacy
Film 3 Nov 15th – “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006) Theme: Failure
Film 4 Nov 22nd - Crimes and Misdemeanours (1989) Theme: The Shadow
Film 5 Nov 29th - The Painted Veil (2006) Theme: Forgiveness
Film 6 Dec 6th - The Diving Bell and The Butterfly (2007) Theme: Hope
For further details on each film please see below.
Suggested Donation: Euro 99 to cover venue and meditation
Facilitator: Maria O'Loughlin
A graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Maria O’Loughlin has more than 25 years’ experience as a screenwriter, script editor, producer, story consultant and educator. She has developed and scripted TV projects for Brown Bag Films, BBC, Nickelodeon and the Walt Disney Company, and most recently worked as Head Writer on “101 Dalmatian Street”, which she developed for television from the Disney classic “101 Dalmatians”. She has given talks and taught courses for the Irish Writers Centre, the Animation Skillnet and Screen Ireland and also delivers creativity workshops based on “The Artist’s Way”. She is currently working as a story consultant for Netflix.
Week 1/ Nov 1st - “American Beauty” (1999)
Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn
his life around after developing a crush on his teenage daughter’s best friend.
Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening and Chris
Cooper, this darkly comic drama won 8 Academy Awards, including for Best
Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress.
Film 2 Nov 8th – “The Lives of Others” (2006)
In 1980s East Berlin, a Stasi agent tasked with spying on a playwright and his
lover, becomes absorbed by their lives in a way that changes his own forever.
This beautifully emotional German drama boasts one of the best screenplays of
its decade and rightly won an Academy Award for Best Foreign language film.
Film 3 Nov 15th – “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006)
A family obsessed with winning take a fractious road trip across America in a
Volkswagon bus, in the hope of getting their young daughter into the finals of a
beauty pageant. Starring Steve Carrell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear and Alan
Arkin, this hilarious, yet thought-provoking, comedy-drama won 2 Academy
Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.
Film 4 – Nov 22: Crimes and Misdemeanours (1989)
Theme: The Shadow
The “perfect life” of a prominent New York ophthalmologist is threatened when
his mistress attempts to reveal their affair to his wife, prompting him to make a
very dark choice. Directed by Woody Allen and starring Martin Landau, Anjelica
Houston, Alan Alda and Mia Farrow, this existential drama is one of Allen’s finest
films and was nominated for 3 Academy Awards including for Best Director, Best
Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.
Film 5 – Nov 29th The Painted Veil (2006)
A young British couple struggle with their failed marriage amidst the turmoil of
1920s colonial China. Adapted from a novel by Somerset Maugham and
produced by its two stars Naomi Watts and Ed Norton, this hugely under-rated
period drama explores its theme and imperfect characters with immense
subtlety and humanity. Liev Schreiber, Diana Rigg and Toby Jones also star.
Film 6 – Dec 6th The Diving Bell and The Butterfly (2007)
Based on his memoir of the same name, this is the true story of Jean Dominique
Bauby, a top French magazine editor who is left with “locked-in” syndrome
following a stroke. Completely paralysed, he learns to communicate with the
world again – and writes the book upon which the film is based - by blinking one
eye-lid, the only part of his body he is still able to move. Starring Mathieu
Amalric, this beautifully unsentimental film was nominated for 4 Academy
Awards for directing, cinematography, editing and writing, and won the Golden
Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Soul of Cinema
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