Thurs. 13 Apr.
Japanese Film Festival screening
Title: Plan 75
Dir: Chie Hayakawa
Cast: Stefanie Arianne, Chieko Baisho, Hayato Isomura
2022, 113 mins
Plan 75 follows three characters in a near-future Japan where the government has introduced a ‘voluntary euthanasia’ scheme - the ‘Plan 75’ of the title - in a bid to combat the challenges posed by an ageing population. In her first feature, Chie Hayakawa builds on her own short from the anthology film Ten Years Japan (JFF 2019). This is a film that - through its sci-fi-tinged central conceit - deftly explores the dangers of neglecting a society’s senior citizens, while also proving a compelling and compassionate character-led drama.
Sligo Film Society is delighted to be part of The Japanese Film Festival ’23 which is co-organised by the Embassy of Japan, accessCINEMA and the Ireland Japan Association.
Sligo Film Society is not for profit and run entirely by volunteers. We programme two seasons of cultural cinema a year from The Model, Sligo and are members of Access Cinema.
Sligo Film Society was first established in April 1944 when a branch of the Irish Film Society was set up at The Gaiety Cinema. The aim was to bring a monthly programme of outstanding films of every nationality, not normally screened in mainstream cinema. A committee of nine was elected with R.H.Campbell-Perry as Chairman and Anthony (Tony) P. Toher as Secretary.
However, the idea to bring the best of world cinema to Sligo is said to have been born in the 1930s when the late Tony Toher’s father, Thomas P. Toher, decided to screen films in a shed in the back of Tohers Chemist, formerly located on Stephen Street.
The society began by screening its programme in the Gaiety cinema and went on to showcase films in venues all over Sligo including the Hawk’s Well Theatre, the Glasshouse Hotel, the Yeats Memorial Building, IT Sligo and the Teacher’s Centre (now the ETB).
While the film programme was a form of entertainment for local people, the ambition of the committee was to also encourage an appreciation of the art of cinema.
This was fulfilled with the establishment of the RTC (IT Sligo) in 1970, when a group of film enthusiasts emerged and took over the running of SFS. Many of these members still serve on the committee today and are joined by several new members.
Today, Sligo Film Society operates a weekly film night over two seasons from September to December and January to April, usually (but not always) showing 14 titles per season.
Hans Wieland (chair), Edel Doherty, Pat Doherty (Treasurer), Erin Fox, Dave Gunne, Denise Haugh (Secretary), Jack Lynch (PRO), Ruairi McCann, Justin McCarthy, Patrick Curley, Dee Walsh.
The Model. Home of The Niland Collection., The Mall, F91 TP20 Sligo
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