Events in Pearse Street Library this week

Pearse Street Library

Pearse Street Library will host a poetry reading and a screening of a foreign language film over the next two days.


The poetry reading will take place this evening, with Sean O Meara delving into An Bhe Dhatheangach (The Bilingual Muse). O Meara writes in both English and Irish and will read a selection in both languages. He has also set some of his poems to music and will be joined by a few of his musician friends to perform both traditional Irish melodies and original compositions.

The event will kick off at 6.30pm and run until 9pm.

Tomorrow will see the International Cinema Club bring a screening of the French language drama film Avant l’Hiver (Before the Winter Chill) to the library. Released in 2013, the film was written and directed by Philippe Claudel and stars Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas and Leila Bekhti.

The synopsis reads as follows:

“Paul (Auteuil) is a brilliant and successful neurosurgeon. He’s happily married to Lucie (Scott Thomas) who has put her own career aside to accommodate his. They have raised a son, have a beautiful home and are enjoying their late middle age together.

Paul has never questioned his choices, he married straight out of medical school, has been on a single, successful trajectory to his current position as a neurosurgeon at the top of his field and has been faithful to Lucie throughout their marriage.

After a chance meeting with Lou (Bekhti), she keeps turning up in his life. When roses are delivered daily to his work and home Paul assumes that Lou is stalking him. He’s drawn to her emotional frailty, grace and mystery and they start an ambiguous relationship. But is there something more dark and twisted going on, something that could threaten everything Paul has built and everyone he loves?”

This will be followed in the coming weeks by two more French language films; Le Gout des Autres (The Taste of Others) on Thursday November 24th and Un Conte Noel (A Christmas Tale) on Thursday December 14th.

Admission to these events is free and no booking is required.

By Kevin Carney