With the (spiritually) greenest day of the year spiking the calendar this week, Shebeen Flick sets out to lend an emerald tint to the weekend with the help of Jameson and quality cinema.
A fine Hiberno-German collaboration opens proceedings on St. Paddy’s Day proper: Bargaintown, fresh off Irish reels, captures a 1988 snapshot of the now-vanished intrigue of Dublin’s battered quays and their denizens, followed by drinks and a Q&A with directors David Jazay and Judith Klinger.
Pensive drama I Used to Live Here takes a nuanced look at the troubles of quiet teens in a rough housing estate, while 1980s Dublin takes rowdier shape in gleefully foul-mouthed comedy The Commitments as an ambitious young manager attempts to shape a crew of chaotic Dubs into the city’s best soul band.
Longing for some no-nonsense perspective? Gentle doc Older Than Ireland catalogues the thoughts and routines of 30 centenarians who indeed predate the island’s independence. Frail or vigorous, they share the witness they’ve stood to the nation’s dramas since 1916, their reminiscence edged with wry and wicked humour. Sweetly morbid nursing home short Deadly is a fitting animated accompaniment.
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SHEBEEN FLICK Mar 17-20 | Kino Moviemento, Kottbusser Damm 22, Kreuzberg, U-Bhf Schönleinstr.