Film Festival screening at Newbridge’s Riverbank tonight

A scene from Lovely Louise
There will be a special film screening at the Riverbank in Newbridge tonight, Tuesday February 18, as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

There will be a special film screening at the Riverbank in Newbridge tonight, Tuesday February 18, as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

As part of JDIFF, Riverbank Arts Centre has teamed up with the Festival to present a multi-county international screening of the Swiss drama Lovely Louise, directed by Bettina Oberli.

Lovely Louise will premiere in Kildare at 8pm having screened with a Dublin audience earlier this evening. To add to the occasion, Riverbank audiences will be treated to special post-show Q&A with international guests, Director Bettina Oberli and actor Stanley Townsend.

Lovely Louise is a touching drama about finding the courage to move on with your life. Director Bettina Oberli never lets the deadpan comedy get in the way of real emotion, and the film is blessed with strong performances throughout, from Annemarie Duringer, note perfect as the duplicitous Louise, living off the vapours of her dreams; to Irish actor Stanley Townsend as Bill, a man-child sweating fury, self-pity and charm. Middle-aged André is the quintessential mother’s boy; his life is so inseparable from his elderly mother’s that they share an apartment, a bank account and a stultifying routine. His mother – the pointedly named Louise Dubois – spurned her chance of Hollywood stardom to raise him, and André’s guilt over her dashed hopes has ruined his life. Now he works as a taxi driver, ferrying his mother to lunch appointments at a restaurant she can little afford. But when a gregarious American suddenly turns up claiming to be Louise’s long-lost second son, the pair are thrown into a turmoil that will drive them right to the edge.

To book a ticket visit www.riverbank.ie or call Riverbank Box Office on 045 448327,