Waterford Film For All and Garter Lane Arts Centre presents……

Fans of French films are in for a treat this weekend. In association with Let’s French Again! Festival we’re proud to present three very different films from the home of top class cinema. The weekend opens on Friday 30th at 9pm with Sarah’s Key, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Niels Arestrup and Aidan Quinn. Based on Tatiana de Rosnay’s best-selling novel, Sarah’s Key, tells the story of an American journalist on the brink of making big life decisions. What starts off as research for an article about the Vel’d’Hiv Roundup in 1942 in France ends up as a journey towards self-discovery as she stumbles upon a terrible secret and discovers the heartbreaking story of a Jewish family forced out of their home, a home that is now her own.

In complete contrast, Asterix at the Olympic Games is a film for all ages. It screens on Sat 31st at 12 noon. Tickets are €3 per child with accompanying adults free! R
ene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s internationally popular cartoon characters Asterix and Obelix take on the world of athletics in this live-action comedy-adventure. It’s 50 B.C., and short but wily Asterix (Clovis Cornillac) and his rotund sidekick Obelix (Gérard Depardieu) hit the road for Rome, where they hope to compete in the Olympic Games. The film also features cameo appearances by
Zinedine Zidane and Michael Schumacher.

The weekend comes to a close with Of Gods and Men (15A) on Sunday, April 1st at 7pm.
Loosely based on real life events, Xavier Beauvois’ multi award winning drama is a deeply moving and profoundly thoughtful film about a group of French monks working in Algeria who are faced with the most difficult personal and collective decisions when the country erupts in brutal civil-war.

The monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realise that they have no choice but to stay… come what may.

Patient and restrained, Of Gods and Men asks deep, profound questions that will linger in the audience’s mind long after the movie has finished.

Tickets for the evening films cost €7.50/€6.00 concession and are available from Garter Lane Arts Centre (051-855038) or www.garterlane.ie