Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray is a space where ideas, creativity, imagination and artistic expression can find a home. Every month, Mermaid’s programme is packed full of exciting theatre, cinema, music and comedy from a diverse range of performers – from local groups to big name, established acts. Bray is also a great place to visit. You can stroll along the seafront, visit the aquarium or climb the famous Bray Head. But after all of that is done, make sure you pop in to Mermaid to enjoy one of their amazing shows. We take a look at some cinema highlights to watch out for this month.
Valley of Love (Cert: Club)
Valley of Love tells the story of two famous actors, Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert) and Gérard (Gérard Depardieu), a former couple who receive a letter from their son, six months after his suicide. The letter asks them to visit five places at Death Valley, which will make the son reappear. This posthumous rendezvous is orchestrated with precision for these two grieving parents who have not seen each other for years.
Language: French, English (English Subtitles)
Short film January Hymn will be screened prior to Valley of Love
Monday 3 April | 8pm
The Olive Tree (Cert: TBC)
Alma’s family has been producing olive oil in Spain’s Castellón for generations. Yet changing pressures in the industry have made their traditional practices economically untenable, and the family is now in the mass-production poultry business. Alma’s grandfather has not spoken in years and no longer wants to eat. She realizes he has been grieving for a thousand-year-old olive tree that the family sold to pay some debts. Alma undertakes a mission to locate the tree and return it to the family orchard so that her grandfather may have peace in his final days.
Monday 10 April | 8pm
Language: Spanish, German, English, French (English Subtitles)
This film The Olive Tree contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
Queen of Katwe (Cert PG)
Queen of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
Tuesday 11 April| 2.30pm
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Cert: Club)
25-year old Olli Mäki, a European amateur boxing champion, is training for the match of a lifetime. As Olli struggles to balance his preparations with the pressures of being in the media spotlight, he also finds himself falling in love with local beauty Raija, much to the dissatisfaction of his ambitious manager Elis. Beautifully shot in black and white, and with quietly powerful performances, this charming portrayal of one man’s challenge to determine his life’s priorities is the most unconventional boxing film and feel-good love story you’ll see this year.
Monday 24 April | 8pm & Tuesday 25 April |2.30pm
Tickets: €8.50/7 | €5 (Matinee)
Language: Finnish, English (English Subtitles)