There will be Open Captioned (OC) screenings at 18.30 on Monday, December 11th, and 15.40 on Thursday, December 14th. All screenings are available with Audio Description.
2003 saw the low-key release of a film called The Room. Immediately and universally... Read More
This screening will be attended by director Frankie Fenton
Screening in tribute to filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice, this is an inspirational portrait of a filmmaker who recently lost his battle against Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
When he was diagnosed with MND... Read More
This screening will be introduced by director Margo Harkin.
1980s Derry. Goretti Friel (Emer McCourt) is one of a spirited group of teenage friends. She meets Ciarán (Michael Liebmann) and romance soon blossoms.
When he is arrested and imprisoned by... Read More
Pioneering big wave surfer Laird Hamilton has left an indelible mark on the sport he helped to popularise without turning professional.
Blending astonishing archival footage with intimate access into Laird’s current adventures, Rory Kennedy’s (Last Days in Vietnam, 2014) thrilling... Read More
Director Kevin Henry will participate in a post-screening Q&A
Playwright Ed Smith (Matthew O’Brien) has fallen far from the heights of his early success on the Dublin stage. When he receives word of a family bereavement he travels home to... Read More
The GAZE on Tour 2017 Irish LGBT shorts programme explores the past, present and future of the Irish LGBT experience, and portrays the spectrum of storytelling produced on our island.
Tuesday Night Director: Michael Healy A dark comedy about the... Read More
In this keenly anticipated second feature documentary, Ken Wardrop explores a series of mother/
son relationships to reveal the universality of their experience. Zooming in on the state of Oklahoma, recently voted the manliest state in the USA, Wardrop finds his... Read More
In this provocative political thriller which deals with the complexities of post-Troubles Northern Ireland, diplomat Henry Stanfield (Roger Allam) has been appointed by the PM to lead the recently established Truth Commission. His attention is brought to focus on three... Read More
In their documentary debut Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their point of departure the compelling 18th Century figure Ambrose O’Higgins (father of Bernardo O’Higgins, the first leader of independent Chile) and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from... Read More
In 1879, fifteen people in the village of Knock, Co. Mayo witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary.
The village was declared a Marian Shrine and today welcomes over one million pilgrims annually. Aoife Kelleher (One Million Dubliners) builds a... Read More
In the spring of 1981 Bobby Sands, a Republican prisoner in Belfast’s H-Block, began a sixty-six day hunger strike which drew the attention of the world to his campaign for recognition as a political prisoner. This focus on the Northern... Read More
Free-spirited Meg thinks she has everything she wants, a great job and an exciting social life. But things are suddenly turned upside-down when she finds herself needing the one thing that she least expected – a baby. With the clock... Read More
In 1975 Irish immigrant Denis Mulcahy of the NYPD bomb squad began a scheme offering children from Northern Ireland respite from the Troubles. Project Children ultimately brought more than 20,000 Catholic and Protestant children to suburban USA for summer-long visits... Read More
For a fleeting moment in the early 1980s Tommy Byrne was the world’s greatest Formula 1 driver, a man who looked set to rival Senna and Schumacher with his fearless style and his record-breaking speeds. Coming from humble Dundalk roots... Read More
Takasera, a village in Western Nepal, is settled on a hill above an ancient lakebed, composed of hundreds of tightly interwoven houses, giving an appearance of a giant buzzing bee-hive. Surrounded by mountains, and connected only by a dead-end dirt... 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
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
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
Hidden just outside the town of Kells in County Meath is an enchanting, worn and weathered country house now home to Headfort, Ireland’s only boarding school for primary school children.
At its heart is a bemused elderly couple, John and... Read More
Revolution in Colour reclaims the story of the Irish struggle for independence during the first quarter of the 20th century from the remote world of black and white to the vibrant world of living colour. A meticulous job of colourisation brings a... Read More
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 rugby-playing Adonis. When Conor is drafted into the gang of... Read More
Blood Fruit takes us back to the height of the apartheid regime in South Africa in 1984 when Mary Manning, a 21-year-old Dunnes Stores checkout girl, refused to sell Outspan grapefruits under direction from her union in support of the anti-apartheid... Read More
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
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 moodswings and angry... Read More
Director Lorcan Finnegan’s debut feature sees land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna) working in a remote woodland area.
Having begun his task alone, the location has unsettled Eric, a situation not alleviated by the arrival of assistant and mistress Olivia (Niamh... Read More
‘Smolt (n.) Young salmon migrating to sea for first time.’
While trying to offload secondhand cigarettes, two 12-year-olds, Darren and Leon, become embroiled in a saga involving counterfeit football jerseys. Conceived in the style of a bootleg VHS, award-winning filmmaker... Read More
Revolutions introduces the exciting, sometimes brutal, world of women’s roller derby, a non-traditional sport that is gaining popularity but still operates well outside the sporting mainstream. Director Laura McGann followed a number of women over four years as they commit... Read More
John Connors plays Jay Connolly, a part-time DJ and low-level drug dealer living in Darndale, an area rife with gangland violence, drugs and social problems. When his welfare payments are cut off, he decides it’s time to start dealing more... Read More
Larry, a young man with Down syndrome, is in love with Sophie, who has severe epilepsy, and is keen to express his love for her. With the help of their care-worker, they plan a romantic afternoon in a Galway hotel... Read More
Abbas (Eriq Ebouaney) is an asylum seeker who has fled civil war in the Central African Republic to live in Paris where he works menial jobs to provide for his two young children. His brother Etienne has also made the... Read More
Director Robin Campillo will take part in a Q&A after the 19.30 screening on Monday November 20th, hosted by GCN’s Brian Finnegan. Tickets on sale now.
Set in the 1990s at the height of France’s AIDS epidemic, Robin Campillo’s (Eastern Boys,... Read More
Bron’s unobtrusive camera turns the backstage of Paris’s Palais Garnier into a show itself, from the top floor of the director’s office to the basement, featuring meetings, audition day, the cancellation of a lead singer just prior to opening, strike... Read More
This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.
Inspired by Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discourse, Claire Denis teams up with writer Christine Angot to tell, in fragments, the romantic journey of Isabelle (Juliette Binoche), a sensitive, middle-aged, unhappily divorced... Read More
Dr Douglas Smith, Senior Lecturer, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, UCD, will introduce this screening.
Melville’s most memorable character, Bob Montagné, with his silver-hair, trench-coat and Bogartesque style, is an aging thief-turned-gambler who sets out to bring off one... Read More
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) tackles a key moment in the life of iconic French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard. The year is 1967; Godard’s latest film, La Chinoise, has been a disaster. Disillusioned, the director becomes increasingly radicalised by the... Read More
The latest classically composed family drama from Robert Guédiguian (The Snows of Kilimanjaro) boasts much of this director’s trademark humanism and empathy for working-class lives. When their elderly father falls ill, a group of adult siblings reunite in the idyllic... Read More
An atmospheric tale of adventure and the mysteries of creation, the film is inspired by Noa Noa, Gauguin’s illustrated travelogue created during his first visit to Tahiti (1891-93). ‘There’s no face or landscape worth painting here,’ remarks Gauguin (Vincent Cassel)... Read More
PRIX JEAN VIGO 2017
The screening of Barbara will be preceded by a screening of Emmanuel Marre’s The Summer Movie.
Brigitte (Jeanne Balibar), an actress, prepares to play the role... Read More
Félicité (singer-turned-actress Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu) is a proudly independent music club performer in the DR Congo city of Kinshasa in Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis’s vibrant fourth feature. When her fourteen-year-old... Read More
A four film programme celebrates the centennial of Jean-Pierre Melville – see the full lineup here.
Dr Brigitte Le Juez, Associate Professor at DCU, will introduce this screening.
This brilliant adaptation of Béatrix Beck’s autobiography centres on a young... Read More
Dr Tony Tracy, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway, will introduce this screening.
Made between Le Samouraï and The Red... Read More
Jeune Femme tells the story of Paula, who finds herself alone in Paris after a break-up. With little to her name, other than her furry white cat, Muchaca, we follow her... Read More
A coolly observed study of familial dysfunction, Michael Haneke’s follow-up to Amour (IFI French Film Festival 2012) has all of the stylistic traits we have come to expect: the cut-glass precision, scenes shot to resemble static surveillance footage, significant action... Read More
The 18.30 screening on Friday, November 17th will be followed by a Q&A with actress Agnès Jaoui hosted by Orla Barry from Newstalk.
Aurora (Agnès Jaoui), middle-aged and separated, has lost... Read More
The screening on Sunday, November 19th will be introduced by the film’s co-writer Léa Mysius.
In Ismael’s Ghosts, Mathieu Amalric reprises the role of Ismael Vuillard, who first appeared in Arnaud... Read More
The screening on Sunday, November 19th will be followed by a Q&A with Léa Mysius, moderated by Dr. Maeve Connolly of IADT. The screenings of Ava will be preceded by Léa... Read More
The indefatigable Agnès Varda, octogenarian and treasure of world cinema, teams up with the mysterious JR, a street artist specialising in large-scale outdoor photographic portraiture, in the delightful Faces Places, a... Read More
Pierre (Swann Arlaud) a thirty-something bachelor is a solitary character. Obsessed with his work as a dairy farmer on the family farm which he inherited deep in rural France, his life revolves around his 30 cows, his parents, his sister,... Read More
Brahim Mecheri, the new comic sensation, comes from a North African working-class family in the Parisian suburbs. His rising fame begins to erode the bond with his elder brother, Mourad, who... Read More
A startling and deeply moving costume drama set in 19th century rural Normandy, the film portrays the life of noblewoman Jeanne (the wonderful Judith Chemla) betrayed by both her husband and... Read More
23-year-old student Jeanne (Esther Garrel) has just been kicked out by her boyfriend. Heartbroken, she moves back in with her university professor father Gilles (Éric Caravaca), only to discover that he’s... Read More
A powerful documentary telling the story of the displacement of a Dublin working-class community through the film and video archives of the community itself.
Drawing on hundreds of hours of local material from the past thirty years, the film explores... Read More
Still working at the age of 95, Pritzker Prize-winning Irish-American architect Kevin Roche is an enigma. He is at the very top of his profession but has little interest in fame or fortune. Roche’s architectural philosophy is that “the responsibility... Read More
Inspired by the true story of the escape by 38 IRA prisoners from the notorious Maze Prison in 1983 (which left one prison officer dead and others seriously injured), Maze is a post-hunger strike narrative which eschews jailbreak high-jinx in favour of... Read More
Three miles off the coast of Florida a five-year-old Cuban boy Elián González is rescued from a sinking boat. 11 other passengers, including the boy’s mother, have drowned.
The film plots how the custody battle between the boy’s Cuban father and... Read More
An intimate portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent developments shaping modern-day Cambodia.
Shot by Irish director Chris Kelly over six years, the film charts the gradual politicisation of two young mothers and one Buddhist monk, the growing... Read More
Bergen-Belsen survivor Tomi Reichental has embarked on a lifelong quest to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive so that its horrors will never be repeated. Now Tomi symbolically celebrates his 80th birthday in a Dublin mosque and embarks on... Read More
Emer Reynolds’s enthralling documentary details NASA’s ambitious Voyager program which, in 1977, launched two probes whose original mission was to study the outermost planets of the Solar System, but went on to become the first human-created object to enter interstellar... Read More
The Lithuanian town of Visaginas is just forty years old but already it faces an uncertain future.
Created to service a nuclear power plant which showcased the wonders of Soviet technology to the West, the city floundered with its closure following the disintegration of the USSR. The inhabitants,... Read More
Caring for horses gives purpose and joy to Lorna, a 17-year-old living in the Dublin suburb of Ballymun.
A fiercely capable and determined young woman, she has her heart set on becoming a farrier, traditionally a male preserve. Her unemployed father, who shares her love of horses,... Read More
Cistercian monk Brother Geraldus (Stanley Weber) arrives on the shores of early-13th century Ireland with the aim of obtaining a religious relic of great significance from a remote community of fellow monks.
His ultimate goal is to present the object... Read More
Though crippled with debilitating arthritis, Maudie (Sally Hawkins) is forced to forge her own path when her brother sells their home. A twist of fate leads her to a job as cleaning lady for taciturn fisherman Ethan Hawke), living in... Read More
Exploring the decades-long campaign by Nobel Prize winner John Hume to secure peace in Northern Ireland, Maurice Fitzpatrick reveals how Hume, inspired by Martin Luther King and rising from the riot-torn streets of Northern Ireland, enlisted an army of heavy-weight... Read More
Jaha is a young woman who returns home from the US to the Gambia to lead a campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM), the brutal procedure that she suffered as a baby and which almost destroyed her life. Jaha doesn’t... Read More
Irishwoman Mary Elmes (1908-2002) is a remarkable unsung heroine who saved hundreds of children from the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and from the concentration camps of World War II.
In a film narrated by Winona Ryder, Andrew Gallimore pieces together the jigsaw of her... Read More
Drummer Gabriel (Dermot Murphy), recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is forced to curb his erratic behaviour when his therapist changes his medication and insists he join a special football team.
When he meets goalkeeper Christopher (Jacob McCarthy), a 17-year-old with... Read More
Seán Mannion, a talented boxer from the quiet Gaeltacht village of Ros Muc, Co Galway, left Ireland for Boston in the 1970s and rose to the heights of New York’s Madison Square Gardens where, in October 1984, he fought for the WBA light middleweight crown.
This... Read More
Successful author Daniel Doran enjoys a luxurious but vacuous London lifestyle funded by a string of international bestsellers of dubious merit.
When his estranged father falls ill, he reluctantly returns home to the Irish village of Darlingford where he faces... Read More
This film opens on November 24th. Tickets will go on sale Monday, November 20th.
One of the great films noirs, Nicholas Ray’s In A Lonely Place also offers audiences the chance to see Humphrey Bogart in one of his finest... Read More
Our monthly gastronomic feature followed by a meal in the IFI Café Bar.
November’s pairing of a new release and a specially devised main course menu will be Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson.
Pattinson excels as a small-time criminal on... Read More
Principally comprised of 50-year-old 16mm footage – until recently considered lost – Brett Morgen’s strikingly intimate portrait... Read More
There will be Open Captioned (OC) screenings on 13.10 on Tuesday 14th and 20.20 on Thursday 16th. All screenings will be Audio Described.
Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), the six year-old protagonist of... Read More
SHORT AND SWEET
Using striking imagery and odd juxtapositions, Kieran Hickey’s intriguing film playfully explores Swift’s reflections on mental health and his life in Dublin and London, while quoting lavishly from Gulliver’s Travels and other writings.
With the IFI French Film Festival showing the finest new French films in November, we’re bringing back this François Ozon gem, featuring two giants of French cinema. Catherine Deneuve sparkles as so-called ‘trophy wife’ Suzanne, who becomes boss of the... Read More
John Huston’s Dublin
The renowned Irish-American director visits places of touristic and heritage interest around Dublin, including St Patrick’s Cathedral where he speaks with admiration of the work of Dean Jonathan Swift.
(Notes by Sunniva... Read More
SHORT AND SWIFT
Robert Pattinson excels as a small-time criminal on a frantic nocturnal odyssey to break his brother out of custody.
He plays Connie who, at the outset, takes his mentally challenged brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of a therapy session so... Read More
This award-winning tale of courage, determination and survival starts in occupied France where Jewish thirteen-year-old Fanny finds herself in charge of a band of children who are forced to flee the... Read More
Also known by its English title The Rules of the Game, this is the only film to have appeared in the top ten of every edition of Sight and Sound’s decennial list of the greatest films ever made.
Revolving around... Read More
4th – 8th December // World Among Us – Ireland // City Library, Ljubljana, Slovenia
3rd – 4th November // IrishFest Atlanta // Atlanta, USA
4th November // How Green is the Emerald Isle? // University of St Thomas in Minnesota, Center for Irish Studies // Minnesota, USA
3rd – 4th October //... Read More
5th – 9th October // Irish Film Week, Oulu // Oulu, Finland
6th – 8th October // Irish Film Festival, Bangkok // Bangkok, Thailand
21st – 23rd September // Irish Film Festival, San Francisco // San Francisco,... Read More
Successful heart surgeon Steven (Colin Farrell) is engaged in a bizarre relationship with sixteen-year-old Martin (Barry Keoghan) in Yorgos Lanthimos’s (Dogtooth, 2009; The Lobster, 2015) outstanding new film that pushes the director’s signature style to extremes of inky-black humour and horror.
Steven introduces Martin to... Read More
A young American in Italy experiences the bittersweet pangs of first love in Luca Guadagnino’s (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash) exquisitely realised coming-of-age/coming-out story.
The year is 1983. Seventeen-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is spending the summer in Lombardy with... Read More
The final mysterious days in the life of Vincent van Gogh are the subject of investigation in this formally daring work, seven years in the making, that marries live action performance... Read More
Despite the harsh conditions endured by the population of Gaza, everyday life continues. As a result of the restrictions placed upon them, the younger generation must be inventive in finding physical outlets and creating entertainment.
For one small group, including... Read More
21st – 23rd September // Irish Film Festival, San Francisco // San Francisco, USA
21st – 24th September // Irish Screen America // Los Angeles, USA
20th – 30th September // British and Irish Festival // Luxembourg
17th – 20th August // Irish Focus at the Festival Hviezdne noci Bytča // The Dead Man of ARAN, Young Cassidy, The Quiet Man, Poitín, Irish Destiny, My Left Foot, Sing Street, The Secret of Kells, Adam and Paul, A Date for... Read More
ALL SHOWS WILL BE IN 70mm. All 70mm tickets are priced €14 (€13 conc.)
Throughout his career, Christopher Nolan has been a vocal advocate for the superiority of celluloid over digital, and of the importance of the experience of viewing... Read More
9th – 30th June // A Celebration of James Joyce // Ulysses, Bloom // Vilnius, Lithuania
16th June // Centre Culturel Irlandais // Bloom // Paris, France
22nd June // Irish Film London ‘Irish Film Makers Meet Up’ // London,... Read More
This month’s pairing of a main course and a film is Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life.
Capra’s classic depicts an alternate future which might occur without the benevolent interventions of beleaguered businessman George – James Stewart, in one of his... Read More
Frank Capra’s classic depicts an alternate future which might occur without the benevolent interventions of beleaguered businessman George – James Stewart, in one of his most endearing performances.
Far from being simply a saccharine-coated holiday fable, Capra worked the original... Read More
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