In this afternoon talk, Alicia McGivern and Thomas McGraw-Lewis of IFI Education will give an overview of film education in Ireland with particular reference to the IFI Education programme, the place of film and moving image in primary and secondary... Read More
Join us for FREE screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your tickets at the IFI Box Office.
We kick off 2013 with a powerful programme exploring alternative perspectives on family values.
PROGRAMME 1: THE FAMILY Bob Quinn’s... Read More
PROGRAMME 1: THE FAMILY ... Read More
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Annual Irish Film Festival in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. IFI International will work with festival organisers to programme 4-5 Irish features, a programme of shorts and invite a special guest to their event in July 2013.
A major landmark for Hitchcock, for British cinema, and indeed for world cinema, a bold early demonstration of the expressive possibilities of synchronised sound. In fact the film exists in two versions, the silent one as originally planned, and Read More
A major landmark for Hitchcock, for British cinema, and indeed for world cinema, a bold early demonstration of the expressive possibilities of synchronised sound. In fact the film exists in two versions, the silent one as originally planned, and... Read More
IFI CLASSIC (EXCLUSIVE)
While water features prominently in a number of Polanski films, particularly Knife in the Water (1962), Repulsion (1965) and Cul-de-sac (1966), nowhere is it more significant than in the deservedly acclaimed Chinatown.
Set in 1937 and following... Read More
Shot on location on a tidal island off the coast of England, in and around a castle described as ‘Rob Roy’, Cul-de-sac, one of Polanski’s most riotous but deadly comedies, concerns an ill-matched couple taken hostage in their own fortress... Read More
The slave plantation era of the pre-Civil War South gets an epic re-write in Tarantino’s talky, blood-splattered Spaghetti Western, which owes much to both Sergio Corbucci’s original Django (1969) and Richard Fleischer’s lurid melodrama Mandingo (1975).
Part homage, part pastiche,... Read More
Ivor Novello, fresh from the success of The Lodger, stars in a variant of the same ‘wrong man’ story: as a student who is unjustly expelled from school and cuts himself off from his family, exploring various exotic layers of... Read More
Festival of European restored films taking place over a week in January 2013.
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A unique project, even by the standards of the ever-enterprising Michael Winterbottom, this family drama was shot over a period of five years to capture the authentic passing of time in a story about a husband and... Read More
Although it is a belated sequel to 1996’s Jägarna, False Trail works perfectly well as a standalone film in the current booming genre of ‘Nordic noir’. When a young woman goes missing in a small village in the Norrland region,... Read More
The working title was Deceit; the replacement one provides a fitting label both for the film itself, in which a graveyard features prominently, and for a thematic strand that had dominated Hitchcock’s output from start to finish. Family Plot has... Read More
Our Feast Your Eyes screening in January will whet your appetite for some delicious Italian fare with the much-acclaimed and multi-award-winning Big Night.
Directed by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott, the film tells the story of Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and... Read More
Praised as “a ﬁlm of remarkable power” by esteemed U.S. ﬁlm critic Roger Ebert, Jonathan Caouette’s Tarnation is a documentary on growing up with a mother with schizophrenia and has earned huge acclaim since its release in 2003.
Culled together from... Read More
While it made sense in career terms to move to Hollywood in early 1939, the fact that Hitchcock remained in still-neutral America while Britain was at war created some understandable resentment – even though filmmakers were officially encouraged to stay... Read More
For what turned out to be his penultimate film, Hitchcock returned to his native London to make his first all-British production since leaving for Hollywood a third of a century previously. Only the financing company, Universal, is American: settings and... Read More
A striking portrait of a rural outsider who holds a potent sway over others, this latest from controversial French auteur Bruno Dumont is an exploration of the spiritual forces which surround us – be they sacred or... Read More
The IFI and EFC present the first in a two-part programme curated by Aoife Desmond.
Ruins & Entropy Part I focuses on two seminal film works by the artist Robert Smithson; Spiral Jetty (1970) and Mono Lake (1968-2004), the latter made... Read More
From the studio who gave us Coraline comes this terrific and endearing animation that blends stop-motion with CGI to beautiful effect. In a tiny New England town called Blithe Hollow lives young Norman, a bit of a loner who sees... Read More
Ireland on Sunday is our monthly showcase for new Irish film.
This absorbing documentary tells the epic story of Majdal Shams, one of the few remaining Arab villages in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Filmed over three years from 2009... Read More
Little wonder that world-renowned 85-year-old chef Jiro Ono dreams of sushi, when the proprietor of the triple-Michelin-starred Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant has been working 15 hour days, 6 days a week, preparing and assembling the delicacy for over half a century.
Propelled by suspense, intrigue and Krzysztof Komeda’s unsurpassable jazz score, Knife in the Water, Polanski’s feature debut, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1963, losing out only to Fellini’s 8½. As well as marking... Read More
Having established himself in Hollywood, Hitchcock relished the enhanced resources the place offered for cinematic experiment. Here, he sets a full-length drama entirely within the confines of a lifeboat adrift in the Atlantic, victim of Nazi naval power. The film... Read More
Since playing pixie-ish Ludivine Sagnier against a domineering Charlotte Rampling worked well for François Ozon in Swimming Pool, veteran director Alain Corneau conjures up some of the same frissons by casting Gallic glamour girl Sagnier opposite Anglo ice-queen Kristin Scott... Read More
This special screening of Mad Max 2 will be introduced by Dr. Harvey O’Brien, whose book Action Movies: The Cinema of Striking Back is newly published by Columbia University Press.
Director George Miller’s follow up to his ‘Ozploitation’ hit of 1979 has an identity... Read More
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Larry Mullen Jr., Kate O’Toole and Director Mary McGuckian will participate in a post-screening Q&A hosted by writer and broadcaster John Kelly after the 6.30pm screening on January 11th.
Irish director Mary McGuckian (This is the... Read More
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From Deepa Mehta, director of the ‘Elements Trilogy’ (Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005)) comes this adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s much-loved 1980 masterpiece of post-colonial literature and magical realism, and winner of the ‘Booker of Bookers’... Read More
The screening will be preceded by an audio presentation, When Hitch Met O’Casey, courtesy of RTÉ Lyric FM’s Culture File. Listen to a teaser.
Our choice this month is Hitchcock’s Juno and the Paycock, a fascinating example of films... Read More
The first in Polanski’s ‘Apartment Trilogy’, preceding Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and The Tenant (1976), Repulsion is a profoundly sensory portrait of withdrawal, alienation and psychosis. An alluring 22-year-old Catherine Deneuve plays Carol Ledoux, a mostly silent and abstruse... Read More
With a comparatively small budget of just $3.2 million, Rosemary’s Baby grossed over $33 million worldwide upon its release, making it by far the most commercially successful of Polanski’s ‘Apartment Trilogy’ films. Besides the confined settings in urban environments, there... Read More
Sabotage is rooted in Hitchcock’s own city of London, using a mixture of location shots with elaborate studio reconstructions; key scenes are set at the Zoo, at Simpson’s restaurant in the Strand, in the City on the day of the... Read More
Quirky, touching, and highly entertaining, Safety Not Guaranteed takes its title from the text of a mysterious personal ad seeking a companion for time travel (applicants are further warned, “Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once... Read More
This screening will be introduced by Dr. Harvey O’Brien, Lecturer in Film Studies at UCD.
Hitchcock always named this as a favourite: a small-town melodrama shot in the Californian location of Santa Rosa, and the film with which he felt... Read More
The IFI and Screen Directors Guild of Ireland are delighted to host the Irish premiere of Side by Side as part of the Digital Biscuit (www.digitalbiscuit.ie).
Side By Side is a new documentary produced by Keanu Reeves and takes an... Read More
An affecting drama about the pitfalls faced on the road from addiction to recovery, Smashed centres on Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Death Proof) as Kate, a smart and attractive schoolteacher happily married to Charlie (Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad),... Read More
Although his 50-year career in the industry never went into serious decline, the early 1950s marked a relatively low point for Hitchcock, but he bounced back strongly with this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel about an exchange of murders between... Read More
Set in Dorset during the Victorian era (although the film was shot entirely in Northern France), and adapted from Thomas Hardy’s 1891 titular novel, the story of an ill-fated but virtuous girl who is forced to sacrifice all to remain... Read More
The IFI’s free monthly film club, The Critical Take will kick off the new year with a discussion about three very different but equally provocative films.
Our panellists – lecturer in Film Studies at DCU Stephanie McBride; writer and film... Read More
Exactly what happened to one Spanish family during the tsunami which hit the Thai coastline on St. Stephen’s Day, 2004 is brought to the screen with staggering intensity in this extraordinary celluloid achievement. Director J.A. Bayona showed promise with his previous... Read More
Other Hitchcock films may be more profound, but surely only North by Northwest is as formally perfect and as intensely enjoyable, and endlessly re-seeable, as The Lady Vanishes – an irresistible blend of topical anti-appeasement thriller, screwball comedy, and psychodrama,... Read More
The BFI’s categorisation of the film under its Sound and Music heading is justified by the famous central set-piece: the Albert Hall concert, at the climax of which the heroine (Edna Best) foils an attempt at political assassination. But it... Read More
Hitchcock often repeated himself, but The Man Who Knew Too Much is his only direct remake. This later version has more charismatic stars in Doris Day and James Stewart, lavish locations, songs, colour, and superior production values, and a case... Read More
Having avoided using his work to address his own survival of WWII and the Holocaust in the early part of his career (significantly, Knife in the Water (1962) was one of the first Polish films made after 1945 with a... Read More
In this witty and touching true-life story we meet the remarkable Mark O’Brien, who’s graduated from university, works as a journalist and writes poetry – notwithstanding the childhood polio which has left him paralysed from the neck down, and spending... Read More
Like Juno and the Paycock (screening as this month’s IFI Monthly Must-See), a respectful version of a stage classic: John Galsworthy’s drama of the conflict between two English families, the old-money Hillcrists and the upstart Hornblowers whose wealth comes from... Read More
Although renowned as a director, Polanski has also built up a number of roles as an actor, not least in cameo parts in several of his own films, including the vicious ‘man with a knife’ who slashes Jack Nicholson’s nose... Read More
Inspired by 1971’s ‘Winter Soldier Investigation’ which sought to publicise war crimes committed by U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War through the testimony of veterans, the documentary This Is Where We Take Our Stand examines the conduct of U.S. forces in... Read More
Continuing our annual collaboration with Trad Fest we are pleased to present two programmes of films about the success of Irish traditional music abroad.
On the occasion of Martin Hayes head-lining with Dennis Cahill at Trad Fest, we are pleased... Read More
Carlo Gebler’s documentary explores how Irish traditional music and dance is kept alive through a vibrant... Read More
Commentators have generally agreed with Hitchcock as seeing Waltzes from Vienna as ‘the lowest ebb’ in his career, before he began the series of 1930s thrillers that would make him seriously famous – but the film is far stronger and... Read More
Wild Strawberries is our bimonthly film club for the over 55s.
Start off the year with a skip in your step at a screening of The Artist, a charming tribute to silent cinema and last year’s Oscar-sweeper and worldwide hit.... Read More
Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the team behind The Hurt Locker, expand their ambitions in this epic account of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Forget any notions of triumphalism now however, since the film offers a bracing... Read More
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