A Pigeon sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is quite simply unclassifiable moviemaking. Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival it is a rare thing indeed. The film’s title refers, so the film’s Swedish director Roy Andersson says, to the imagined thoughts of the birds sitting on a branch in Pieter Breughel’s famous painting The Hunters in the Snow.
This painting was the first popular depiction of a winter scene in Western art and still provokes enquiry and mystery to this day. Anderrsson’s film is the third part of an extraordinary filmic ‘living’ trilogy following on from Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living.
Now showing in selected cinemas.
Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Summer Exhibition 2015 You could never describe the large annual RHA Summer Show as unimportant. Sprawling and often predictable but always displaying some stand out pieces it should not be ignored. Not designed to be mould breaking or offensive nevertheless the high quality is guaranteed and it is still possible to acquire excellent work with a reasonable outlay.
Opens from 26th May – Free Admission.
If the previous standard of lectures and events organized by the Heritage Department of the DLRCOCO is anything to go by then this cultural evening focusing principally on Japanese printmaking should be well worth attending. To add to the cultural atmosphere there will be Japanese themed food on offer and accompanying music. It is all part of a programme to highlight the friendship agreement between Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and the Izumo district in Tokyo, Japan.
Thursday 28th May – Cabinteely House, Cabinteely, Dublin 18.
Tickets available at www.paviliontheatre.ie
In Plain Sight – Kim Haughton
In Plain Sight is an important and timely exhibition at The Gallery of Photography in Dublin about the devastating effects of child abuse and it’s continued legacy. Using recorded testimonies, survivors own photographs, portraiture and landscape photographs Kim Haughton presents a disturbing sense of the pain caused by these crimes committed in plain sight. Views of ordinary, banal suburban landscapes harbour far darker acts and are also crime scenes with society as a whole very much complicit.
Opens 14th May and runs until the 31st May.