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

    POWER IN THE BLOOD

    Gospel singer and preacher Vernon Oxford journeys from his home in Franklin, Tennessee to Belfast on a mission to bring the healing power of Jesus back to Northern Ireland. Davis follows Vernon into drinking dens, mission... 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 (OPENS MARCH 3RD)

    This film opens on March 3rd. Tickets available from Monday, 27th February.

    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... 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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  • THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (OPENS MARCH 24TH)

    This film opens on March 24th. Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 20th.

    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... 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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  • PERSONAL SHOPPER (OPENS MARCH 17TH)

    This film opens on March 17th. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 13th.

    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... 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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  • THE AGE OF SHADOWS (OPENS MARCH 31ST)

    This film opens March 31st. Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 27th.

    EXCLUSIVELY AT IFI

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

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  • GRADUATION (OPENS MARCH 31ST)

    This film opens on March 31st. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 27th.

    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... Read More

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  • ELLE (OPENS MARCH 10TH)

    This film opens on March 10th. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 6th.

    Join us for a post-screening discussion of Elle on Thursday March 23rd at 18.00

    A thrilling cocktail of sex, violence and deliciously inappropriate humour, Paul Verhoeven’s... Read More

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

    SHELLSHOCK ROCK

    Shellshock Rock captures the bristling raw energy of the Northern Irish punk scene in the late 1970s. Mirroring the rough aesthetic of the music – much of the filming was done in dingy bars and music clubs and... Read More

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  • JOHN T. DAVIS RETROSPECTIVE: THE UNCLE JACK

    The Uncle Jack is at once a portrait of John T. Davis’s maternal uncle John McBride Neill, the Ulster cinema architect who from the 1930s to the 1960s designed 18 cinemas in the province, and a self-portrait of Davis himself.... Read More

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  • JOHN T DAVIS RETROSPECTIVE: HOBO

    Hobo is an intensely personal portrait of Beargrease, a man gripped with chronic wanderlust. A fiercely independent individual, he embodies the traits of the classic American railroad vagabond. Beargrease has travelled all his life, as a sailor, a military engineer... Read More

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  • AQUARIUS (OPENS MARCH 24TH)

    This film opens on March 24th. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 20th. 

    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... Read More

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  • DANCER (OPENS MARCH 10TH)

    This film opens on March 10th. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 6th.

    There will be Open Captioned (OC) screenings on Mar 11th (14.00) and Mar 15th (18.20). Audio Description (AD) will be available on all screenings. See page... Read More

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  • JOHN T. DAVIS RETROSPECTIVE: ROUTE 66

    Route 66 is an epic road film chronicling the history and closure in 1981 of the iconic highway that spanned 2500 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, traversed eight states and cut through the heart of Middle America.  ‘So many... Read More

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  • THE SECRET SCRIPTURE (OPENS MARCH 24TH)

    This film opens on March 24th. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 20th.

    There will be a post-screening Q&A with director Jim Sheridan on opening night, Friday, March 24th at 20.15. Tickets for this event are on sale now.... Read More

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  • THE OLIVE TREE (OPENS MARCH 17TH)

    This film opens on March 17th. Tickets will go on sale Monday March 13th.

    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... Read More

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  • THE SALESMAN (OPENS MARCH 17TH)

    This film opens on March 17th. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 12th.

    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... Read More

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  • ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (OPENS MARCH 31ST)

    This film opens on March 31st. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 27th.

    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... Read More

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

    January’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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  • TOMATO RED (OPENS MARCH 3RD)

    This film opens on March 3rd.

    There will be a Q&A with director Juanita Wilson after the opening night screening at 20.15 on Friday March 3rd. Tickets for this event are available now.

    Tickets for all other screenings will... Read More

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  • IRISH FOCUS: 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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  • 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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  • CERTAIN WOMEN (OPENS MARCH 3RD)

    This film opens on March 3rd. Tickets will go on sale Monday, February 27th.

    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... 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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  • LOST IN FRANCE + Q&A

    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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  • 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 & 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: 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: 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: ‘EUGENE PALETTE’

    ‘Eugene Palette’ 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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  • NT LIVE: ANGELS IN AMERICA – PART 2: PERESTROIKA

    America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

    Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a... Read More

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  • NT LIVE: ANGELS IN AMERICA – PART 1: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES

    America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

    Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a... Read More

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  • NT LIVE: TWELFTH NIGHT

    Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

    A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she... Read More

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  • 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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  • MExINDEX: “AS WE MAY THINK”

    Borrowing the title of Vannevar Bush’s 1945 essay in which he outlined a hypothetical proto-hypertext system, ‘As We May Think’ features work by Linda Quinlan, Thaddeus O’Sullivan, Eoghan Ryan, Bea McMahon, Sarah Browne, Jenny Brady and Julie Murray. Eschewing an... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • FEAST YOUR EYES: THE FOUNDER

    Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc, a catering salesman who discovers a Californian restaurant names McDonald’s who have originated a revolutionary service model for genuinely fast food.  The Founder is a particularly acidic satire of the American Dream, in which... Read More

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  • IFI FAMILY: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

    From the original French fairytale, the story of Belle and the Beast has inspired other stories, a ballet theatre and films. With the forthcoming release of the live-action adaptation, we take a look at the hit animation from Walt Disney,... 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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  • FROM THE VAULTS: THE VILLAGE

    Made by the Ethnographic Film Unit of UCLA, this film examines how modernisation has affected the inhabitants of the remote village of Dún Chaoin in Co. Kerry. It shows their connection with the nearby Blasket Islands (by now evacuated) and... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME PROGRAMME 2 (FEB 2017)

    PROGRAMME 2

    THE IRISH RIVIERA

    This Irish Tourism Association film promotes the sunny south visiting Cork City, the remote outposts of Mizen Head, Dún Chaoin and the Blasket Islands (then inhabited).

    FILM INFO: Irish Tourism Association, 15 mins,... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME PROGRAMME 1 (FEB 2017)

    PROGRAMME 1

    OUR COUNTRY

    Liam O Laoghaire’s film for Clann na Poblachta discredits the Fianna Fáil leadership and presents countrywide images of poverty, emigration and deprivation never before seen on Irish screens.

    FILM INFO: Liam O’Laoghaire, 8 mins, 1948,... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME DOUBLE BILL (FEB 2017)

    PROGRAMME 1

    OUR COUNTRY

    Liam O Laoghaire’s film for Clann na Poblachta discredits the Fianna Fáil leadership and presents countrywide images of poverty, emigration and deprivation never before seen on Irish screens.

    FILM INFO: Liam O’Laoghaire, 8 mins, 1948, Ireland,... Read More

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  • TONI ERDMANN

    ★★★★★ Empire

    ★★★★★ The Times (UK)

    ★★★★ Irish Times

    Ines (Sandra Hüller) has become estranged from her retired schoolteacher father Winfried (Peter Simonischek); unhappily scaling the bottom rungs of the corporate consultancy ladder in Bucharest, her career-centric... Read More

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  • IRISH FOCUS: IFI & IMMA: THE WELFARE OF TOMÁS Ó HALLISSY

    IMMA Members can avail of the IFI Members’ admission price for this event. This rate is ONLY available in person or over the phone with the IFI Box Office.

    The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy is a new film work by Irish-born, Turner... 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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  • IFI SCHOOLS: URBAN HYMN

    Young female offender, Jamie, has fairly bleak prospects but a remarkable singing voice. Her social worker Kate, (Shirley Henderson), persuades her to join the local choir, where she blossoms, inspired by her soul singing heroes. However, leaving behind her old... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: MOANA

    Featuring a brand new heroine and plenty of catchy songs, hit animation Moana features a Polynesian teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to become a wayfinder, save her people and discover her own... 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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  • MEETINGS WITH IVOR

    This film was previously presented as The Wonder Eye during January’s First Fortnight Festival.

    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... Read More

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  • FRESH FILM FESTIVAL HEATS

    The Dublin Heats of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker Awards at Fresh Festival will take place at the IFI. If you entereted, or would just like an opportunity to see some of the fantastic films being made by Ireland’s latest generation of... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: WORLD BOOK DAY – MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

    Recommended age 15+

    Adaptation of the best-selling Young Adult fantasy tale about an orphaned boy who follows a trail of mysterious photographs that lead him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. Who better to capture the dark mood... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (Avril et le monde truqué)

    Recommended age 12+

    This beautiful animation in the steampunk sci-fi style, features a young girl, April, voiced by Marion Cotillard. Though set in 1941, France is stuck in the 19th century. There are no technological advancements and the country is... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: ABOUT A GIRL (Charleen macht Schluss)

    Recommended age 15+

    Working part-time in an undertakers, and listening repeatedly to Kurt Cobain, Charleen focuses on the darker side of life. Her mother thinks her daughter is depressed but, in fact, all she wants is some peace, so she... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: ZARAFA

    Recommended age 6+

    This refreshingly old-school, hand-drawn animation imagines how the first giraffe got from Africa to Paris through a story involving a slave boy, Maki, a hot air balloon and a kindly Bedouin trader. After Maki escapes evil slave... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: WHO AM I – NO SYSTEM IS SAFE (Kein System ist sicher)

    Recommended age 16+. Contains a graphic scene, some strong language and drug-taking.

    With many anti-surveillance groups operating from Berlin, and the largest association of hackers founded there, this high-octane tech-thriller has some quite convincing moments. Benjamin is a young computer... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: THE OLIVE TREE (El olivo)

    Recommended age 15+

    20-year-old Alma works on a chicken farm in the austerity-hit Castellón region of Spain. Her grandfather is on hunger strike, and has not spoken since her father sold the family’s ancient olive tree. Alma believes the only way... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: THE KING’S SPEECH

    For 2017 Leaving Certificate candidates we offer an extended introduction to this popular choice, followed by a 15 minute presentation on a key scene. Colin Firth is the reluctant monarch, King George VI, who overcomes his speech disability with the... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: A DATE FOR MAD MARY

    After a short spell in prison, ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returns home to Drogheda, eager to reunite with best friend Charlene for whom she is about to act as maid of honour. Annoyed by Charlene’s assumption that she won’t have a... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: SPOTLIGHT

    A masterful exploration of power, leadership and journalistic integrity, this exciting and inspiring thriller celebrates the importance of a free and socially responsible press. Winning Academy Awards for Best Picture, and Best Screenplay, with an all-star cast of Michael Keaton,... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: SING STREET

    Director John Carney won international acclaim with his lo-fi musical Once. He achieves a similar charm and effect with this 1980’s set, funny teen drama, in which Conor, (newcomer, Ferdia Peelo-Walsh), seeks to escape from the strains of family life... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: REAR WINDOW

    A masterclass in suspense and visual storytelling from Alfred Hitchcock, this comparative text for 2017/2018 explores themes of watching and relationships through its gripping narrative. Confined to a wheelchair in his apartment following an accident, the emotionally distant Jeff (James... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: GEARRSCANNÁIN 2017

    Fáilte roimh Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017. Join us for a selection of Gearrscannáin, including new titles Maidhm and Céad Ghrá.

    See www.ifi.ie/gearrscannain

    Screening as part of the 2016/2017 IFI Schools Programme

    Download the programme here.

    Showing at

    Dublin, IFI –... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

    Wide-eyed, rebellious ’gangsta’ Ricky is bounced to yet another foster home on the edge of the New Zealand wilderness. For the welfare worker he’s a ‘real bad egg’, but kindly foster Aunt Bella wins him over, helped by the gift... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS

    An enchanting new take on the beloved novel by Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons tells the story of the Walker children, whose summer holiday in the Lake District sees them sailing out to a nearby island to camp. They soon... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS

    This documentary film combines original footage with animations, interviews and reconstructions, to depict the 66 days of Bobby Sands’ hunger strike, as well as the long-term impact of the blanket protest on the political situation, after Sands’ election as MP.... Read More

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  • IFI SCHOOLS: MY REVOLUTION (Ma révolution)

    Recommended age 15+

    The Arab Spring of 2011 was sparked by the Jasmine Revolution of Tunisia. In Paris, people take to the streets in support, but 14-year-old Marwenn, though of Tunisian background, has no interest in politics. Then he stumbles... Read More

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