In the mood for a film? Then try... In the Mood for Love!
The World Cinema DVD Club Film for the month of May is 'In the Mood for Love' (Year: 2000; Length: 94mins; Language: Cantonese, English subtitles), a Hong Kong-based film directed by Wong Kar-Wai.A man and a woman move in to neighbouring Hong Kong apartments and form a bond when they both suspect their spouses of having affairs.The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it received a nomination for the Palme d'Or. It has also been a multiple award winner and was nominated for a (British) BAFTA in 2001. Read more about the film in the IMDb.So come along to the Central Library for a cup of tea and a chat about the film! This is the third in the series of DVD club meetings taking place in the Central Library, the meetings taking place once a month. The films are all world cinema. This is a DVD club, copies of the film are available to borrow from the library, and we will discuss the film at each meeting. Library membership required.Places are limited so please contact the Central Library for further details by email at [email protected], or by telephone at 01-8734333.All the films being world cinema, do note this means they are all subtitled!The first film to be discussed (in March) was the French film 'Gainsbourg', directed by Joann Sfar. It is based on the director's graphic novel and is a glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg. The film for April was the Spanish film 'Open Your Eyes' (director Alejandro Amenabar), which is the tale of a handsome man who finds the love of his life, but then suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
First we had the 130th anniversary of the birth of James Joyce, now today, 7th February, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the world’s other greatest novelists, Charles Dickens!And to mark the occasion, Laurence Foster has re-created Charles Dickens’ first public performance in Ireland, and the performances (Dickens in Dublin) are taking place in a number of our branch libraries (details below - but do check with location, may well be booked out at this stage).Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7th in 1812 in Portsmouth. Shortly afterwards, the family moved to London. At 19, having had little formal education, Charles became a reporter and recorded the parliamentary speeches of Daniel O’Connell, the Irish Liberator. They retained a lifelong mutual admiration. In August, 1858 Dickens paid the first of three lengthy visits to Dublin and was hailed with delight everywhere he went. He often found it difficult to make his way from Morrison’s Hotel (on the corner of Dawson Street and Nassau Street) and through the crowds who were queuing to see his performance. Dickens in Dublin is a recreation of that dramatic evening in Ireland’s capital city.Left: Oliver Twist by Charles DickensStage Director: Colm Maher. Special thanks to Historian Jim Cooke for access to his book, Charles Dickens’s Ireland.Tuesday 7th February at 6.30pm - Rathmines Library (Tel. 01 497 539 )Wednesday 8th February at 1pm - Central Library - FULLY BOOKED, APOLOGIESThursday 9th February at 6.30pm - Raheny Library (Tel. 01 831 5521)To mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens's birth why not read (or re-read!) some of his classic tales. Check our catalogue for availability of Dickens' wonderful books and film or television adaptations.