Ireland 1845. As the famine tightens its grip, a fisherman is hunted for crimes he did not commit. Unable to protect his family from death he is subsumed by darkness until a helpless little girl saves him from despair. A strong, character-driven thriller set during a tumultuous period in Irish history. Told in the Irish language, and set on the eve of The Great Hunger, Arracht (meaning Monster) tells of a fisherman who takes in a stranger on the request of a priest. Events that follow lead to tragic personal struggles, but hope may come in the form of a young girl who needs his help. This well-acted and beautifully scored film captures its characters both in the thrall of nature and their own worst instincts. Director Tom Sullivan skilfully creates a haunting atmosphere that stays with you long after you leave the theatre. Can a man who has lost everything find a way back to himself and start a new life? This tough drama/thriller benefits from an unusual setting and a flinty approach.
Guided by signs, Geraldine has a simple goal: to get to Berlin. But things are never easy when living with additional needs. She rebels against the limitations of her daily routine and lands an opportunity to the Special Olympics World Games. All she needs now is to find a sport! Underfunded, unsupported (and unfit), the Skyway Club rally together to unleash talents they didn’t even know they had, and find a perfect match in table-tennis! With the help of an offbeat coach, can they beat the odds and be the best? By keeping the humour rooted in the performances, the Skyway Club manage to create a refreshing film, with a social commentary about friendship, community and an Olympic challenge. It’s like the Karate Kid but with balls.