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Maynooth Film for All: Katalin Varga

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So potent is the gothic mood that you might imagine you were watching some rediscovered treasure from an Eastern Bloc archive, but in fact it’s the début film of British director Peter Strickland, who shot this tale of vengeance on a mere £25,000 micro-budget gleaned from a family inheritance - no mean feat, even in this Hungarian-speaking part of Romania.

Astonishingly, the end result needs no apology for its modest resources, its gripping narrative coiling around the cross-country odyssey of the eponymous heroine and her young son. We know from the opening scene that sinister men posing as the police are on her trail, but what she’s done to merit the attention won’t become clear until much later. She tells her boy they’re going to see grandma, but it’s obviously a cover for some ulterior design.

With its travel by horse and cart, and sundry fire-lit gypsy revels, all this could be unfolding at some distant point in the past, except for the car headlights breaking the spell now and again. The scores blend of resonant electronic and choral music provides the perfect aural complement to the story’s stomach-tightening foreboding.

The programme starts at 7.45pm with an introduction from Denis Condon NUIM and the feature film starts at 8.00pm. Please arrive early to minimise delays. Guests and ‘on the night only’ memberships cost €6.00 (unwaged & members over 65yrs €4.00) Students pay €2.00 at the door

We appreciate feedback from our audience follow us on Facebook, Maynooth Film For All and let us know what you think! For further information contact Brenda Brady Kildare County Council Arts Service, Tel: 045 448328, Email:bbrady@kildarecoco.ie Web: www.kildare.ie/film

Maynooth Film for All: Film Club is supported by Kildare County Council Library & Arts Service and The School of English, Media and Theatre Studies NUIM.

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