Mascha Halberstad • Netherlands • 2022 • 70 mins • Animation
With English subtitles
Nov/Samhain 13, An Díseart, 2pm • 311
“This is Oink. Oink is the best birthday present I’ve ever had in my life”– “Excuse me? No way!”
9-year-old Babs must save her little pig named Oink from her grandfather’s secret plan to take part in a sausage competition.
In this puppet animation realised with a great attention to detail, lifestyles and generations collide. A comedic romp with unexpectedly edgy potential.
The Secret of Roan Inish
John Sayles • USA • 1994 • 103 mins • Fiction
Nov/Samhain 13, An Díseart, 4pm • 312
Roan Inish is a deserted island off the coast of Donegal, where Fiona’s mother died and her baby brother was lost at sea. Her father has moved to the city but Fiona is sent back to live with her grandparents for her health. Her grandparents live on the coast opposite Roan Inish. The Connellys have a very special bond with the island, as Fiona starts to discover as she talks with the local townfolk, especially to a dark and brooding relative named Tadhg. Tadhg tells her about the selkie – a shapeshifter of Irish lore who is half-seal and half-human – and why Roan Inish is so important to the family. From that, Fiona must unravel the mystery of what happened to her baby brother.
The Secret of Roan Inish features some beautiful Irish music and of course features lush cinematography of the Donegal area and coast. Beautifully shot, wonderfully written and performed, and masterfully directed, The Secret of Roan Inish will delight everyone in the family.