WHAT'S ON - 05/2017

  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME PROGRAMME 1 MAY 2017

    Archive at Lunchtime screenings are free – simply collect tickets from the IFI Box Office.

    PROGRAMME 1

    HONEYMOON IN IRELAND

    Ireland is an enticing honeymoon destination for a young American newly-weds. They visit Dublin’s Moore Street, the Bird Market... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME PROGRAMME 2 MAY 2017

    Archive at Lunchtime screenings are free – simply collect tickets from the IFI Box Office.

    PROGRAMME 2

    TIDE ON THE TURN

    This up-beat film designed to attract foreign industry to Ireland applauds Taoiseach Sean Lemass for selling Ireland to... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: DOUBLE-BILL MAY 2017

    THIS IS A FREE EVENT BUT TICKETS CANNOT BE BOUGHT ONLINE – JUST COLLECT THEM AT THE BOX AT ANY TIME.

    IRELAND INVITES YOU

    PROGRAMME 1

    HONEYMOON IN IRELAND

    Ireland is an enticing honeymoon destination for a young American... Read More

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  • AS ABOVE SO BELOW: SHOPPING BAG, SPIRITS AND FREEWAY FETISHES

    Screening alongside Shopping Bag Spirits and Freeway Fetishes: Reflections on Ritual Space will be Kenneth Anger’s occultish short, Invocation of My Demon Brother, mostly shot in San Francisco and scored by Mick Jagger on an analogue synthesiser.

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  • AS ABOVE SO BELOW: THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VÉRONIQUE

    When asked to describe what subject matter The Double Life of Véronique deals with, director Krzysztof Kieślowski answered, ‘the realm of superstitions, fortune-telling, presentiments, intuition, dreams.’

    Starring the then unknown Irène Jacob, the Cannes Jury and Critics prize-winning film follows two identical... Read More

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  • AS ABOVE SO BELOW: THE HOLY MOUNTAIN

    Partly financed by Yoko Ono and John Lennon who were unequivocal champions of the surrealist El Topo (1970), The Holy Mountain is arguably an even greater cinematic accomplishment for director Jodorowsky who also assumed the central role of ‘The Alchemist’... Read More

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  • AS ABOVE SO BELOW: WINGS OF DESIRE

    Set in a desolate, wall-divided Berlin, Wings of Desire struck a chord with audiences world-wide upon its release.  Bruno Ganz plays Damiel, one of many invisible angels who populate the city, bearing witness and listening in on the thoughts of... Read More

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  • AS ABOVE SO BELOW: WINTER LIGHT

    The second in a trilogy of Bergman films on religious faith, Winter Light takes place one stark afternoon in a Swedish village where Tomas Ericsson, a widowed pastor (Gunnar Björnstrand) struggles to preside over his dwindling congregation.

    Enduring his own... 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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  • CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY

    ★★★★ – Guardian

    When journalist, author and activist Jane Jacobs wrote her seminal work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities in 1961, she helped to change the way we consider urban living; viewing cities as holistic networks... Read More

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  • FEAST YOUR EYES: MANHATTAN

    Our monthly feature followed by a feast inspired by the film at the IFI Café Bar. Manhattan is also on general release from Friday May 12th – tickets

    Allen plays Isaac, a comedy writer whose ex-wife (Meryl Streep) is now living... Read More

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  • FRANTZ

    A haunting elegy set in the aftermath of World War I, Frantz is another successful change of pace for the prolific and versatile François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women, Potiche).

    Mourning the death in battle of her fiancé Frantz, Anna... Read More

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  • FROM THE VAULTS: IMAGES

    Shot in Wicklow in 1971 with a mostly Irish crew, Altman’s Images is one of the director’s most powerful and underrated works. Winner of the Best Actress Award at Cannes for her performance, Susannah York plays Cathryn, a disturbed author... Read More

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  • HANDSOME DEVIL

    ★★★★ – RTE ★★★★ – The Irish Times

    Returning to boarding school after the holidays, Ned (Fionn O’Shea), a bullied but resilient outsider, is dismayed to find he has been assigned a new roommate, Conor (Nicholas Galitzine), a... Read More

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  • HARMONIUM

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

    Exclusively at IFI.

    A stranger’s unexpected arrival is the catalyst for a series of unwelcome changes to Toshio’s quietly unremarkable life in Kôji Fukada’s slow burn, Hitchcockian thriller that reworks... Read More

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  • HEAL THE LIVING

    A terrible car accident on the outskirts of Le Havre has left 17-year-old Simon on life-support; his parents Marianne (Emmanuelle Seigner) and Vincent (Kool Shen) are barely able to comprehend the magnitude of their tragedy, let alone the well-meaning entreaties... Read More

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  • I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY

    Exclusively at IFI.

    ★★★★ – Time Out

    Provincial café proprietor Li (Fan Bingbing) is striving for legal representation in her complicated case against her husband – they conspired to get a ‘fake’ divorce in order to secure their dream... Read More

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  • IFI & AEMI PROJECTIONS: SCREENING X

    aemi is delighted to welcome Peter Taylor, director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) to present two films from the 2016 Festival’s New Cinema Competition: Cilaos, the award winner from Camilo Restrepo and Vincent Meessen’s One. Two. Three.

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  • IFI & DUBLIN FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL: WANDA + PANEL

    Written, directed by and starring Barbara Loden, Wanda is a rarely screened feminist masterwork. Though much admired by audiences in Europe – it won the award for Best Foreign Film at Venice and was later championed by Isabelle Huppert and... Read More

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  • IFI & INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL DUBLIN: A GRAIN OF TRUTH + ZYGMUNT MIŁOSZEWSKI Q&A

    The IFI is delighted to collaborate with the International Literature Festival Dublin and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin in presenting this screening of A Grain of Truth, adapted from the novel by award-winning and bestselling crime... Read More

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  • IFI FAMILY: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (2D)

    This Oscar-nominated animation reminds us again of the talent and creativity of Laika Studios. Lead animator on Coraline, Paranorman and The Boxtrolls Travis Knight brings his magical stop motion style to direct this tale of young Kubo. The boy embarks on... Read More

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  • IN VIEW

    Exclusively at IFI.

    Ruth (Caoilfhionn Dunne) is a woman filled with rage, guilt and self-loathing, unable to forgive herself for a drunken indiscretion with a colleague which resulted in the loss of her husband and her unborn child. As her... Read More

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  • INVERSION

    Exclusively at IFI.

    Air pollution in Tehran has reached crisis levels, with atmospheric ‘thermal inversions’ pushing the toxicity level to the point where schools are forced to close. This occurrence also serves as a metaphor for the repressive conditions Iranian... Read More

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  • IRISH FOCUS: AMANDA COOGAN: LONG NOW

    Amanda Coogan: Long Now is an exploration of Coogan’s durational performance art practice. The film follows Coogan during a grueling six week live durational exhibition; I’ll sing you a song from around the town.

    Hosted in Dublin’s RHA Gallery, the exhibition became... Read More

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  • LA STRADA

    The winner of the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Fellini’s fourth feature begins with the young and beautiful Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) being sold by her mother to brutish street performer Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), whose income is derived... Read More

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  • LADY MACBETH

    Audio Description (AD) will be available on all screenings.

    Beautifully directed by William Oldroyd from a screenplay by noted playwright Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth sees teenage Katherine (Florence Pugh) sold into marriage to an older man, Alexander, and the household... Read More

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  • MADE IN TAIWAN: A CITY OF SADNESS

    Part 1 of Hou’s trilogy on Taiwanese history chronicles the tale of the Lin brothers during a complex and turbulent period beginning in 1945 with the fall of the Japanese Empire, moving through the establishment of martial law, to the... Read More

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  • MADE IN TAIWAN: A TIME TO LIVE, A TIME TO DIE

    Hou’s semi-autobiographical film looks at life and death, charting the story of his family and his own experiences growing up as a child and a teenager in rural Taiwan after they relocate from mainland China. Through young Ah-hao, Hou revisits... Read More

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  • MADE IN TAIWAN: A TOUCH OF ZEN

    Ku, a calligrapher and scholar in a remote village, crosses the path of the fugitive noblewoman Yang. The beginning of a romance follows, leading Ku on an adventure filled with intrigue, spying, spirituality and aerial fights in the legendary and... Read More

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  • MADE IN TAIWAN: HOU HSIAO-HSIEN MASTERCLASS

    We are delighted to announce a masterclass with Mr. Hou Hsiao-Hsien and his long-time collaborator, screenwriter and novelist Chu Tien-wen. This is their first visit to Ireland and a rare opportunity for an Irish audience to have first-hand insights into the... Read More

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  • MADE IN TAIWAN: SMALL TALK

    (Irish premiere)

    ‘Small Talk gleams with simplicity!’ – Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Executive Producer.

    I was a tomboy ever since I was a child in a small village- Taiwanese filmmaker Huang Hui-Chen and her aged, lesbian, mother set off together on a... Read More

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  • MADE IN TAIWAN: THE ASSASSIN

    Hou’s first wuxia martial arts film is set in 9th century China during the last years of the Tang Dynasty and centres on the invincible Nie Yinniang, an assassin tasked with killing corrupt officials by her master, Jiaxin, the nun... Read More

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  • MADE IN TAIWAN: THE BOYS FROM FENGKUEI

    Hou’s fourth feature and one of the breakthrough works of the Taiwanese New Wave, follows Ah-Ching and his friends who have just finished school, on their journey away from their island fishing village to the city of Kaohsiung where they... Read More

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  • MADE IN TAIWAN: THE ROAD TO MANDALAY

    IRISH PREMIERE

    Dr. Wang Chi-Sui, curator of the animation short films programme, will attend the festival and introduce the programme and Midi Z’s The Road to Mandalay before the screening on Saturday May 13th at 18.00.

    A contemplative, visual storytelling of... Read More

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  • MANHATTAN

    Woody Allen was famously so unhappy with Manhattan that he wanted to offer United Artists a new project for free if they would agree not to release it, a position that will no doubt seem baffling to audiences revisiting the... Read More

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  • NT LIVE: WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

    In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows... Read More

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  • SUNTAN

    EXCLUSIVELY AT IFI

    As what director Argyris Papadimitropoulos describes as “a coming-of-middle-age story” begins, Kostis, a doctor in his early forties, arrives on a sleepy resort island to take up his new position as its sole resident physician.

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  • THE BIGGER PICTURE: THE GO-BETWEEN

    The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there’ – so begins L.P. Hartley’s classic 1953 novel of innocence lost, an elegiac tone which Harold Pinter perfectly captured in his screenplay for Joseph Losey’s delicate adaptation, winner of... Read More

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  • THE HANDMAIDEN

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

    Opulent, erotic and replete with exquisite period detail and sly narrative trickery, The Handmaiden is everything we have come to expect from director Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Thirst, Stoker) who... Read More

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  • THE JOURNEY

    Set against the backdrop of the negotiations that would ultimately result in the St. Andrew’s Agreement of 2006, The Journey is, as it is careful to make clear, a highly fictionalised account of the origin of the political and personal... Read More

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  • THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

    ★★★★★ – Telegraph  ★★★★ – Irish Times

    Aki Kaurismäki, the Finnish master of deadpan humour, tackles the immigration crisis in his inimitable fashion. In the years since Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989), Kaurismäki has refined his signature style... Read More

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  • THE RED TURTLE

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

    The first international co-production for Studio Ghibli, the world-renowned Japanese animation studio responsible for modern classics such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Ponyo, is directed by Michael Dudok de Wit,... Read More

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  • THE SENSE OF AN ENDING

    An aging man tries to reconcile fateful decisions of decades past in Ritesh Batra’s (The Lunchbox) imaginative adaptation of Julian Barnes’s 2011 Booker-winning novel which ruminates upon the fallibility of memory, self-deception and the desire for closure.

    Tony Webster (Jim... Read More

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  • WILD STRAWBERRIES & BEALTAINE: BLOOD FRUIT

    What happens when a low-key protest turns into something much greater can be clearly seen in this documentary about the Dunnes Stores workers who objected to selling South African fruit during the apartheid regime.

    Following a union directive, Mary Manning... Read More

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  • WILD STRAWBERRIES & BEALTAINE: DARE TO BE WILD

    This year’s film choice for the annual access>CINEMA film tour taking place during Bealtaine is the charming drama/biopic concerning Irish landscape designer, Mary Reynolds, who proceeded from rank outsider to winner at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Having developed a... Read More

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  • WILD STRAWBERRIES & BEALTAINE: THE ANGELS’ SHARE

    Few filmmakers today have collective action as central to their vision as Ken Loach. Consistently pitting his characters against the system, they brush up against others in similar predicaments and together realise their strength.

    The Angels’ Share sees ex-con Robbie... Read More

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  • WITHOUT NAME

    ★★★★ – Entertaiment.ie

    Director Lorcan Finnegan will join us after the 18.15 screening on Friday May 5th for a Q&A, hosted by Mark Sheridan. 

    Director Lorcan Finnegan’s debut feature sees land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna) working in a remote... Read More

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