WHAT'S ON - 03/2017

  • 70MM SCREENING: BATMAN

    Tim Burton’s Batman represented a seismic change in its serious approach to a comic book character, the success of which laid the groundwork for the ongoing success of similar adaptations. Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), who as a child witnessed the... Read More

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  • ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL

    ★★★★★ Irish Times ★★★★★ The Guardian

    In Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s remarkably prolific career, in which he made forty feature films before his death at thirty-seven, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul marked a significant turning point. It was the... Read More

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  • AQUARIUS

    Director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s debut film, Neighboring Sounds (2012), dealt with an entire Brazilian community; for Aquarius, his second feature, he has narrowed his focus to one endlessly intriguing and contradictory character.

    Retired music teacher Clara (Sonia Braga) lives in... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME DOUBLE BILL (MAR 2017)

    ST PATRICK’S DAZE

     

    PROGRAMME 1

    TRIAL AT TARA

    A short Hollywood drama where the people of Tara, all druids and non–believers, are pitted against St. Patrick and his followers.  The film ends with an address (lasting approximately 7... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME PROGRAMME 1 (MAR 2017)

    PROGRAMME 1

    TRIAL AT TARA

    A short Hollywood drama where the people of Tara, all druids and non–believers, are pitted against St. Patrick and his followers.  The film ends with an address (lasting approximately 7 mins) to camera by... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME PROGRAMME 2 (MAR 2017)

    PROGRAMME 2 

    AMHARC ÉIREANN NEWSREEL

    St Patrick’s Day, Dublin 1960

    FILM INFO: 4 mins, 1960, Ireland, Black and White

    IRELAND IN SPRING

    An Tóstal, a series of festival celebrating Irish culture in the 1950s, was designed to attract tourists into... Read More

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  • BETWEEN LAND AND SEA + Q&A

    This observational feature – at times intimate, at times epic – embeds itself in a community of surfers in Lahinch, Co. Clare, following their on-and off-season lives over the course of a sea-buffeted year. The surfers have dedicated their lives... Read More

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  • CERTAIN WOMEN

    Tickets are now on sale. This film closes on Thursday March 16th.

    The interconnected lives of four disparate Montana women are explored across three vignettes in Kelly Reichardt’s (Wendy and Lucy; Meek’s Cutoff) melancholic fifth feature. In adapting three short... Read More

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  • CINÉ CONCERT: TORREY PINES

    Animator and musician Clyde Petersen’s debut film is an autobiographical stop-motion animation which touches on issues of mental health and gender identity. It recounts the time when 12-year-old Clyde, uncomfortable in the body in which he was born, was brought... Read More

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  • DANCER

    There will be an Open Captioned (OC) screenings on Mar 15th (18.20). Audio Description (AD) will be available on all screenings. 

    In 2014 Ukrainian ballet superstar Sergei Polunin conceived a dance to accompany Hozier’s hit song Take me to Church;... Read More

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  • DANCER + SATELLITE Q&A & PERFORMANCE BY SERGEI POLUNIN

    The Irish Film Institute proudly presents the Irish premiere of Dancer, followed by a Q&A and live performance by Sergei Polunin, brought to the big screen live via satellite.

    Broadcast live from the London Palladium and directed by Academy Award nominee Steve... Read More

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  • ELLE

    AUDIO DESCRIPTION (AD) will be available on all screenings.

    A thrilling cocktail of sex, violence and deliciously inappropriate humour, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle is by turns a mischievous, controversial and profoundly serious work; a high-wire act that blends subtlety, nuance, rich... Read More

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  • FEAST YOUR EYES: THE OLIVE TREE (El Olivo)

    March’s pairing of a new release and a specially devised main course menu will be Icíar Bollaín’s The Olive Tree, followed by a feast inspired by the film in the IFI Café Bar.

    20-year-old Alma works on a farm in... Read More

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  • FENCES

    ★★★★ Independent

    ★★★★ The Telegraph

    Fences, August Wilson’s play exploring race and familial relations in 1950s Pittsburgh, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987; plans for film adaptations floundered as they failed to meet Wilson’s stricture that the director... Read More

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  • FROM THE VAULTS: ST PATRICK’S CINE-CONCERT

    The IFI Irish Film Archive in association with the Saint Patrick’s Festival presents a programme of short silent films about St Patrick himself and about the annual festivities that honour him. The programme highlight is edited highlights from In the... Read More

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  • GEORGE BEST: ALL BY HIMSELF

    In 1961 George Best, a shy well-mannered Belfast teenager, was recruited by Manchester United to become what Pelé would call “the greatest player in the world”. A devilishly charismatic figure, Best achieved celebrity status early. His football was transcendent (playing... Read More

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  • GRADUATION

    ★★★★★ – The Guardian ★★★★ – The Irish Times

    A father goes to extreme lengths to ensure his daughter’s academic success in Cristian Mungiu’s (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Beyond the Hills) excoriating delineation of corruption... Read More

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  • IFI & PLASTIK FESTIVAL 2017: ‘EUGENE PALLETTE’

    ‘Eugene Pallette’ is a programme of works guest curated for PLASTIK by ‘aemi’ (Alice Butler and Daniel Fitzpatrick).

    Throughout cinema’s history many have suggested that the presence of film, the medium itself, gives us access to a different understanding and appreciation... Read More

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  • IFI & PLASTIK FESTIVAL 2017: A FLIGHT FROM REASON

    “Negotiating an archive is an act of looking back, inevitably – and perhaps even unconsciously – the searcher seeks out content that can help reveal the present with a more concrete perspective. The works selected from LUX’s archive form a... Read More

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  • IFI & PLASTIK FESTIVAL 2017: ABYSS FILM

    Abyss Film presents five found footage works that in different ways speak to the impossibility of cinema’s desire to show the ‘whole world’.  Speaking of the breadth of possibility made visible by moving image, these works allow themselves to fall... Read More

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  • IFI & PLASTIK FESTIVAL 2017: ANDRE TRILOGY

    PLASTIK is pleased to feature the work of New York based artist and filmmaker James Kienitz Wilkins. Wilkins’s moving image works foreground performance with an accomplished use of language and script. Operating in the annals of film and film production,... Read More

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  • IFI & PLASTIK FESTIVAL 2017: IS IT ABOUT A BICYCLE?

    Humour is difficult to do well in art. It takes many forms and approaches, and there are countless attempts and examples; some of them exhilarating, some of them stupid, some of them even exhilaratingly stupid. In so-called experimental film, humour... Read More

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  • IFI & PLASTIK FESTIVAL 2017: PLASTIK AWARD

    PLASTIK are pleased to present the second edition of the new work award, highlighting an emerging generation of Irish artists engaging with the moving image. Comprising works by Caroline Doolin, Teresa Gillespie, Patrick Hough, Atoosa Pour Hosseini and Saoirse Wall,... Read More

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  • IFI & PLASTIK FESTIVAL 2017: VERTICAL LANDSCAPES

    “From extraction to domesticity, from East Germany to Asbestos, Quebec, from the Walter Benjamin monument to Columbus’s first encounter with the Taíno: the films in this programme utilise performative, rather than representational, approaches to engaging with spaces that reveal and... Read More

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  • IFI FAMILY: A SHINE OF RAINBOWS

    Tomás is a shy young lad who goes to live with Máire and her husband Alec in a wild coastal village. There he has to adjust to a quiet, rural way of life and make new friends. Máire teaches him... Read More

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  • IN LOCO PARENTIS

    Exclusively at IFI.

    A post-screening Q&A with the director will take place on Saturday March 4th at 16.00.

    Hidden just outside the town of Kells in County Meath is an enchanting, worn and weathered country house now home to Headfort,... Read More

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  • INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: LOSING GROUND

    Screening to coincide with International Women’s Day, Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground was one of the first features to be directed by a black american woman. Largely forgotten for the last 35 years, the film resurfaced In 2015, finally getting a... Read More

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  • IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD

    Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer returns home to his estranged family after an absence of more than a decade prompting a series of confrontations, revelations and internecine squabbling in Xavier Dolan’s (Tom at The Farm; Mommy) adaptation of... Read More

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  • IVAN THE TERRIBLE PART 1 EVENING COURSE FROM RUSSIA WITH FILM

    Eisenstein’s biopic of the bloody autocratic ruler who sought to unite the country against powerful hereditary boyars. Having already incurred the authorities’ disapproval, Eisenstein’s depiction of Ivan as a Russian hero, with sumptuous sets and an expressive acting style, won... Read More

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  • JOHN T DAVIS RETROSPECTIVE: HOBO

    A multi event-pass for the John T. Davis retrospective is available (4 events for €35) by contacting the IFI Box Office by phone or in person ONLY – 01-6793477.

    Hobo is an intensely personal portrait of Beargrease, a man gripped... Read More

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  • JOHN T DAVIS RETROSPECTIVE: POWER IN THE BLOOD/DUST ON THE BIBLE

    A multi event-pass for the John T. Davis retrospective is available (4 events for €35) by contacting the IFI Box Office by phone or in person ONLY – 01-6793477.

    POWER IN THE BLOOD

    Gospel singer and preacher Vernon Oxford journeys... Read More

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  • JOHN T DAVIS RETROSPECTIVE: SHELLSHOCK ROCK / SELF-CONSCIOUS OVER YOU

    A multi event-pass for the John T. Davis retrospective is available (4 events for €35) by contacting the IFI Box Office by phone or in person ONLY – 01-6793477.

    SHELLSHOCK ROCK

    Shellshock Rock captures the bristling raw energy of the... Read More

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  • JOHN T. DAVIS CAREER INTERVIEW

    John T. Davis is internationally recognized as Northern Ireland’s most distinctive documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. To mark his 70th birthday on March 7th, 2017, and in recognition of his over 40 years of filmmaking, we present a selected retrospective of his... Read More

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  • JOHN T. DAVIS RETROSPECTIVE: ROUTE 66

    A multi event-pass for the John T. Davis retrospective is available (4 events for €35) by contacting the IFI Box Office by phone or in person ONLY – 01-6793477.

    Route 66 is an epic road film chronicling the history and... Read More

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  • JOHN T. DAVIS RETROSPECTIVE: THE UNCLE JACK

    A multi event-pass for the John T. Davis retrospective is available (4 events for €35) by contacting the IFI Box Office by phone or in person ONLY – 01-6793477.

    The Uncle Jack is at once a portrait of John T.... Read More

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  • LOST IN FRANCE

    Chemikal Underground has been Scotland’s premier indie label since its establishment in the 1990s, releasing work by a diverse range of fondly-remembered groups such as Bis, Magoo, and Urusei Yatsura, although the label’s greatest successes came from Arab Strap, Mogwai,... Read More

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  • LOVING

    ★★★★★ Entertainment.ie

    ★★★★ Irish Times

    There will be Open Captioned (OC) screenings of Loving on Wednesday, February 15th  at 18.10 and Thursday, February 16th at 13.00. Audio Description (AD) will be available on all screenings.

    1958, Virginia:... Read More

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  • MEETINGS WITH IVOR

    This film was previously presented as The Wonder Eye during January’s First Fortnight Festival. Tickets on sale now. This film closes on Thursday, March 16th.

    Professor Ivor Browne will be present for a Q&A for the film’s... Read More

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  • MOONLIGHT

    ★★★★★ Irish Times

    ★★★★★ Guardian

    ★★★★★ RTÉ Ten

    There will be OPEN CAPTIONED (OC) screenings of Moonlight on Thursday, February 23rd at 15.30, and Monday, February 27th at 18.00. AUDIO DESCRIPTION (AD) will be available on all... Read More

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  • MOSCOW DOES NOT BELIEVE IN TEARS – EVENING COURSE FROM RUSSIA WITH FILM

    Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar (1981), this romantic comedy follows three young women in 1950s Moscow. Lyudmila is the flirt; Antonina is the motherly type; Katya is a chemistry student working at a factory. By 1979, the three are... Read More

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  • PERSONAL SHOPPER

    ★★★★ Irish Times ★★★★ Guardian ★★★★★ Telegraph

    There will be OPEN CAPTIONED (OC) screenings on Mar 26th (20.40) and March 29th (13.00). AUDIO DESCRIPTION (AD) will be available on all screenings.

    Kristen Stewart became the first American actress... Read More

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  • THE AGE OF SHADOWS

    EXCLUSIVELY AT IFI

    ★★★★ – The Irish Times ★★★★ – The Playlist

    From the director of I Saw the Devil (2010), The Age of Shadows is a stylish spy thriller set against the backdrop of the Japanese occupation... Read More

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  • THE BIGGER PICTURE: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

    Although only a modest success when first released, Singin’ in the Rain has become one of the most enduring and beloved of musicals. The film is set in the late 1920s, when stars Don (Gene Kelly) and leading lady Lina... Read More

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  • THE EYES OF MY MOTHER

    Exclusively at IFI

    Nicolas Pesce’s strikingly atmospheric The Eyes of My Mother successfully evokes in the viewer a feeling of dread expectation, aided by a narrative that deftly mixes implications and ambiguities, creating a gothic horror story that marks one... Read More

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  • THE FOUNDER

    ★★★★ Irish Times

    ★★★★ Guardian

    ★★★★ entertainment.ie

    Frustrated travelling salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) criss-crosses 1950s America selling a series of underwhelming products that have failed to bring him the success he believes is richly deserved.

    On... Read More

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  • THE OLIVE TREE

    This film closes on Thursday March 23rd. 

    20-year-old Alma works on a chicken farm in the economically deprived Castellón region of Spain. She has a deep emotional bond with her beloved grandfather, who has not spoken since her father sold... Read More

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  • THE SALESMAN

    ★★★★ Irish Times ★★★★ Guardian

    The latest from Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (About Elly, A Separation) is an expertly crafted domestic drama where precise plotting and escalating tension are deftly employed to underpin the moral dilemma at... Read More

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  • THE SECRET SCRIPTURE

    After an eclectic range of films in recent years, Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In America) returns to Irish themes and material with this adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s acclaimed novel. The elderly Rose (the inimitable Vanessa Redgrave) is the last... Read More

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  • TOMATO RED

    Tickets are now on sale. This film closes on Thursday, March 16th.

    Oscar-nominated Irish director Juanita Wilson’s second feature is an adaptation of the novel longlisted in 2000 for what was then the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award by ‘country... Read More

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  • TONI ERDMANN

    ★★★★★ Empire

    ★★★★★ The Times (UK)

    ★★★★ Irish Times

    This film closes on Thursday, March 16th.

    Ines (Sandra Hüller) has become estranged from her retired schoolteacher father Winfried (Peter Simonischek); unhappily scaling the bottom rungs of the... Read More

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  • WILD STRAWBERRIES: EASTER PARADE

    When his dance partner quits, Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) picks Hannah (Judy Garland) and tries to mould her, until he realises she has heaps of her own talent and style.

    Together they start to make dance magic in wonderful sequences... Read More

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