Scene + Heard: Film nominated for six Oscars out in Ireland this weekend

With the Oscars taking place on Sunday, tomorrow is good timing for the release of Parasite, the South Korean film that’s been nominated in six categories

Scene + Heard: Film nominated for six Oscars out in Ireland this weekend

FILM TIPS: With the Oscars taking place on Sunday, tomorrow is good timing for the release of Parasite, the South Korean film that’s been nominated in six categories, including best picture and best international feature (formerly the best foreign language film).

If you don’t mind subtitles, you’re in for a treat with this dark comedy about a poor family trying to climb the wealth ladder.

Triskel in Cork has another Oscar-nominated film in its roster this weekend, with Honeyland, a Macedonian documentary about a female beekeeper who lives in a deserted village until new arrivals threaten her routine.

The excellent Tarantino film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is also at the same venue. Cork Cine Club in St John’s College next Thursday has French film A Faithful Man (L’Homme Fidele).

COMEDY CAPERS: A measure of Mario Rosenstock’s popularity is that his five nights at Cork Opera House later this month are totally sold out.

In the meantime, Neil Delamere is at the same venue next Saturday, while Jason Byrne is across town at the Everyman on February 27-28.

GIG WISE: Tickets go on sale Friday morning for the Black Crowes at 3Arena in Dublin on October 10, while Angel Olsen has announced a gig for Vicar Street on June 24.

In Cork the incredible talents of Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan join forces for a concert at the Opera House next Thursday.

The same venue has also joined forces with Coughlan’s to host the Right Here Right Now gigs (February 21-23), featuring a eclectic mix of talent ranging from sean nós singer Nell Ní Chróinín to American blues singer Valerie June, and music legend Donal Lunny.

THEATRE NIGHTS: The legend of the White Lady of Kinsale has always been an intriguing tale, so it’s not surprising that the story is being turned into a musical in the Co Cork town.

Apparently, the new bride of an officer stationed at Charlesfort jumped to her death from the battlements after he was executed for falling asleep on duty, and she now roams the fort ever since.

Maurice O’Callaghan — also the man behind the 1994 film, Broken Harvest — is the producer of the show, and he has enlisted a cast led by Jake Carter and Aislinn Hegarty.

It runs at Kinsale Community School from February 20-29. Cork woman Jody O’Neill’s experiences with autistm – both in her son and her own diagnosis as an adult – provide the inspiration for What I (Don’t) know About Autism, her play dealing with the condition that’s currently running at the Abbey, before opening at the Everyman in Cork from Tuesday to Thursday.

Jody O'Neill
Jody O'Neill

In Dublin, the big opening this week was Medea at the Gate, starring Cork actress Eileen Walsh (above) in a contemporary take on the Greek tragedy.

Another interesting production coming up in the capital is Hansel and Gretel at the Abbey, an operatic version of the famous children’s tale that tours through February to the Everyman in Cork (February 25), and Siamsa Tire in Tralee (February 27).

ON THE TELLY: Graham Norton has another decent line-up joining him Friday night, including Mark Ruffalo and David Schwimmer, while Alicia Keys provides the music.

The eighth and final season of Homeland kicks off on RTÉ2 next Thursday, with Carrie and Saul teaming up for one last adventure. Will they both survive?

This Time with Alan Partridge — shown on BBC last year — gets a run on RTÉ2 from Monday.

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