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
★★★★★ 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 film for... Read More
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
Join us for free lunchtime screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your tickets at the IFI Box Office. See www.ifi.ie for more information.
CHURCHING OF WOMEN Radharc’s film about an outmoded practice where... Read More
ST PATRICK’S DAZE
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
★★★★ 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 must be... Read More
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
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
★★★★★ – 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 and moral... Read More
This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.
Margot Robbie gives a deliciously exuberant performance as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in Craig Gillespie’s imaginative riff on the scandals circulating around the 1994 Winter Olympic Games, culminating with the brutal... Read More
‘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
“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
“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
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
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
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
“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
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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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
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
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
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
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
POWER IN THE BLOOD
Gospel singer and preacher Vernon Oxford journeys... Read More
Shellshock Rock captures the bristling raw energy of the... Read More
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
Route 66 is an epic road film chronicling the history and... Read More
The Uncle Jack is at once a portrait of John T.... Read More
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
★★★★ 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: Richard Loving (Joel... Read More
Ivor Browne has been a central figure in Irish mental health for many decades. Some people wish he wasn’t. Yet many people owe their lives to him. Browne somehow managed to be part of the establishment while still being one... Read More
★★★★★ Irish Times
★★★★★ 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 screenings.
A three-time... Read More
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
★★★★ 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 to win a... Read More
The Northern Territories of Australia, 1929. Rancher Fred Smith (Sam Neill) is a devout Christian with a paternal relationship to his Aboriginal workers; ‘all men are equal in the eyes of the lord’, he believes.
When his head stockman Sam... Read More
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★★★★ – 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 of Korea... Read More
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
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
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 receiving an unusual... Read More
British figure skater John Curry was just 26 when he won the European, Olympic and World titles, single-handedly reinvigorating what had become an unfashionable sport.
James Erskine’s (The Battle of the Sexes) rigorously researched film delves into three key aspects... Read More
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
★★★★ 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 the film’s... Read More
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
Guillermo del Toro’s beautiful, romantic fairy tale centres on mute Elisa (the superb Sally Hawkins), who, although she has close friendships with neighbour Giles (a reliably excellent Richard Jenkins) and co-worker Zelda... Read More
This film opens on March 16th. Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 12th.
An exuberant takedown of the contemporary art world, Ruben Östlund’s follow up to the much-admired Force Majeure (2014) is a similarly provocative work. When Swedish gallery... Read More
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
★★★★★ The Times (UK)
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 corporate consultancy ladder... Read More
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
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME PROGRAMME 1: MAY 2018
LEAN ON PETE
LET THE SUNSHINE IN
THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES
THE YOUNG KARL MARX
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