Films from the Southern Mediterranean Tour

Access Cinema presents three films from the Southern Mediterranean Tour: 

3 films, 3 venues, September 30 – October 7, 2012.  

Venues : 

  • Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick
  • Galway Film Society, Town Hall Theatre, Galway
  • Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
The Repentant from Algeria questions Government policy in the late 1990s which offered amnesty for former terrorists if they would simply repent their crimes. Is becoming a ‘repentant’ really that easy? Director Merzak Allouache’s film won the Europa Cinemas Label at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Adila Bendimerad, lead actress in Algerian film The Repentant, will introduce the film at the screenings at Galway Film Society and Mermaid Arts Centre. 

Footnote from Israel takes a look at the personal and academic rivalry between father and son at a prestigious university as they both compete for a major prize. It was the winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

On the Edge
 from Morocco details the lives of four women working in Tangiers who dream of a better existence in the ‘free zone’ while coping with their day to day travails. A first film from a female director born in Casablanca; it was selected for Directors’ Fortnight at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

The tour is a joint project by Maretta Dillon and access>CINEMA. The countries that fringe the southern part of the vast inland sea of the Mediterranean stretch from Morocco on the western side all the way across to Syria on the eastern most edge. “The selected films this year are by no means definitive, how could they be in such a diverse, complex and exciting region?  But they do give a welcome insight into the culture, interests and hopes of this challenging area,” said Maretta Dillon.

The project has been funded by the Arts Council under their Touring & Dissemination of Work Scheme.

Screening details:
Galway Film Society / Booking 091 569 777 /
·      On the Edge / Sunday, Sept 30, 5.45pm
·      The Repentant / Sunday, Sept 30, 8.15pm
·      Footnote / Sunday, October 7, 8.15pm

Mermaid Arts Centre / Booking 01 272 4030 /
·      The Repentant / Monday, Oct 1, 8.00pm
·      On the Edge / Thursday, Oct 4, 8.00pm
·      Footnote / Friday, Oct 5, 8.00pm
Belltable Arts Centre / Booking 061 319 866
·      The Repentant / Monday, Oct 1, 8.00pm
·      Footnote / Tuesday, Oct 2, 8.00pm
·      On the Edge / Wednesday, Oct 3, 8.00pm