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Oct-Dec 2010 Screenings

Fri 8 Oct 2010
(Mic Macs - A Tire L'Arigot)

Fri 22 Oct 2010
His and Hers

Fri 5 Nov 2010
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The
(Män som hatar kvinnor)

Fri 19 Nov 2010
Last Night As I Lay Dreaming
(A tribute to Robbie McMahon of SpancilHill)

Fri 3 Dec 2010

Fri 17 Dec 2010
The Snowman

The Devil's Backbone
(El Espinazo del Diablo)

2001 - Guillermo Del Toro - 106 mins - Mexico/Spain

Fri 1 Nov 2002 at 8.30pm
Joyce's Lounge, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare

Midnight Court Rating: 4.3 (3 votes)

Cast: Marisa Parades, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, Inigo Garces

Producer: Agustin Almodovar, Berta Navarro, Rosa Bosch

Storyline: A chilling ghost story set during the Spanish Civil War, Guillermo Del Toro's THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE takes place in an orphanage in the desert where an unexploded bomb in the middle of the playground constantly reminds the children of the ongoing war. To make matters worse, the young Carlos (Fernando Tielve) befriends the ghost of a boy who died when the bomb originally fell.

Writer: Guillermo Del Toro, Antonio Trashorras, David Munoz

Genre: Drama, Art Foreign, Suspense, Horror

The Devil's Backbone is a genuinely scary, exquisitely shot - and very well-acted - ghost story/political allegory set during the Spanish Civil War from Guillermo del Toro, Mexico's answer to David Cronenberg.

After his parents' deaths, 12-year-old Carlos (Fernando Tielve) is sent
to a remote orphanage run by Cesares (Federico Luppi of del Toro's earlier 'Chronos'),
an opera-loving doctor who swigs vintage brandy from containers preserving dead fetuses.

Small wonder the frightened Carlos is having 'Sixth Sense'-style visions of Jacinto
(Junio Valverde), whose moldering corpse lies bound in a stagnant swimming pool in
the orphanage's basement.

Jacinto mysteriously disappeared after an event we glimpse in the opening credits:
a bomb dropping from a plane into the orphanage's courtyard, where the boys treat
the unexploded device as a much-needed diversion in their grim lives.

Even as Jacinto is spookily warning Carlos that 'many will die,' Francisco Franco's
forces are closing in on the orphanage, where Carlos' one-legged companion, Carmen
(Marisa Paredes), is hoarding gold bars for the Republican cause.

Carmen is also cuckolding the impotent Cesares with Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), a
hunky former student of hers who's now the orphanage janitor and is dating a teacher
named Conchita (Irene Visedo). The situation literally explodes when Jacinto tries to get his hands on the gold before the orphanage is evacuated.

'The Devil's Backbone', which is not for the faint of heart, is vastly more frightening and stylish than this year's other period ghost story, 'The Others'.

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Previous Screenings

Fri 10 Jun 2005

Fri 3 Jun 2005
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Fri 27 May 2005
Since Otar Left

Fri 20 May 2005
Old Boy

Fri 13 May 2005
The Motorcycle Diaries

Fri 6 May 2005
The Return

Fri 29 Apr 2005

Fri 22 Apr 2005

Fri 15 Apr 2005
American Splendor

Sat 9 Apr 2005
Ae Fond Kiss

Sat 12 Mar 2005
EXTRA The Story of the Weeping Camel

Fri 11 Mar 2005
The Story of the Weeping Camel

Fri 25 Feb 2005
Fahrenheit 9/11

Fri 11 Feb 2005
Bad Education

Fri 28 Jan 2005
The Station Agent

Thu 13 Jan 2005
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Fri 10 Dec 2004
Lost In Translation

Fri 3 Dec 2004
(Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself)

Fri 26 Nov 2004

Fri 19 Nov 2004
Raising Victor Vargas

Fri 12 Nov 2004
Far From Heaven

Fri 5 Nov 2004
Together With You

Fri 29 Oct 2004
Capturing The Friedmans

Fri 22 Oct 2004
Goodbye Lenin

Fri 15 Oct 2004
Mother, The

Fri 8 Oct 2004

Fri 1 Oct 2004
Death In Venice
(Morte a Venezia)

Fri 24 Sep 2004
Noi Albinoi

Fri 17 Sep 2004
Barbarian Invasions
(Les Invasions Barbares)

Fri 10 Sep 2004
Amandla ! A revolution in 4 part harmony

Fri 12 Dec 2003
City Of God (2)

Fri 28 Nov 2003
8 Women

Fri 14 Nov 2003
Nine Queens

Sat 1 Nov 2003
Documentary festival

Fri 17 Oct 2003
Divine Intervention

Fri 3 Oct 2003
Talk To Her

Fri 19 Sep 2003
Italian For Beginners

Fri 4 Apr 2003
No Mans Land

Fri 21 Mar 2003
Sex and Lucia
(Lucia Y El Sexo)

Fri 7 Mar 2003
Divided We Fall

Fri 7 Feb 2003
The Closet
(Le Placard)

Fri 24 Jan 2003
Salaam Bombay

Fri 10 Jan 2003
Y Tu Mama Tambien
(And Your Mother Too)

Fri 13 Dec 2002
Lagaan, Once Upon A Time In India

Fri 29 Nov 2002
George Washington

Fri 15 Nov 2002
The Taste of Others
(Le Goût Des Autres)

Fri 1 Nov 2002
The Devil's Backbone
(El Espinazo del Diablo)

Fri 18 Oct 2002
The Princess and The Warrior

Fri 4 Oct 2002
Aimée et Jaguar

Fri 20 Sep 2002

Fri 6 Sep 2002
Monsoon Wedding

Wed 29 May 2002

Fri 22 Mar 2002

Fri 8 Mar 2002
Tears of the Black Tiger

Fri 22 Feb 2002

Fri 25 Jan 2002
The Dish

Fri 18 Jan 2002

Thu 16 Dec 1999
Antonia’s Line

Thu 9 Dec 1999
Feng Yue
(Temptress Moon)

Thu 25 Nov 1999
Life is Beautiful

Thu 11 Nov 1999
The Sweet Hereafter

Thu 28 Oct 1999
Short Cuts

Thu 14 Oct 1999