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This film opens on January 11th. Tickets will go on sale Monday, January 7th.
There will be Open Captioned screenings at 16.00 on Wednesday 16th and 18.15 on Tuesday 22nd.
This joy of a film follows Laurel and Hardy,... Read More
There will be Open Captioned screenings at 20.20 on Sunday 13th and 13.00 on Saturday 19th.
The Pioneering life of the titular 19th century... Read More
Eighty-something Cavan bachelor Bobby Coote left school at 13 and says his reading and writing isn’t great. He spends his days fixing clocks and making violins from old furniture. But he’s never lost sight of a lifelong dream to take... Read More
This film opens on Tuesday, January 1st.
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Bertrand, an unemployed family man having a midlife crisis, joins an amateur male synchronised swimming team in this heart-warming comedy. Bertrand is not the only one in crisis, and a... Read More
This film opens on Tuesday January 1st.
There will be Open Captioned screenings at 18.10 on Thursday 3rd and 15.40 on Tuesday 8th.
Two rivals vie for the affections of Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’s deliciously caustic black comedy. Lady... Read More
This film opens on Friday, January 4th.
IFI FRENCH FILM CLUB – Tickets for the 18.00 screening on Tuesday 8th cost just €7.80 for IFI and Alliance Française members.
Beginning in 1958, Catherine Corsini’s engrossing drama follows small town girl Rachel... Read More
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg has over the course of her illustrious career moved from respected legal practitioner to feminist activist to pop culture... Read More
This screening will be introduced by broadcaster Dave Fanning.
This month’s selection sees John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin and Vera Miles star in one of John Ford’s greatest Westerns. As the film opens, Senator Ransom Stoddard (Stewart) and his wife... Read More
This film is F-Rated.
January’s pairing of a new release and a specially devised menu will be Wash Westmoreland’s Colette, followed by a specially created main course in the IFI Café Bar.
The pioneering life of the titular 19th century French literary... Read More
With her performance as the much put-upon wife Joan, behind a pompous Nobel prize-winning author, the Golden Globe nominated Glenn Close is deservedly back in the awards race. Travelling with her strutting husband (Jonathan Pryce) to become the Laureate, Joan... Read More
The moving image comes closer than any other medium to conveying and informing our experience of time and memory. ‘The Memory-Imag’e presents four films ranging from Alain Resnais’s famous tracking shots exploring the collective memory housed in France’s Bibliothèque Nationale... Read More
Trish Lambe (Gallery of Photography) will host a Q&A with Tom Burke, producer Thomas Kelly and photographer Alan Lewis.
A powerful new documentary about the men who unwittingly became war photographers on the streets of their own Northern Irish towns.... Read More
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO… As Oscar frenzy mounts we present a selection of Irish shorts: nominees and winners of Academy Awards®. With more to come in February…
PROGRAMME 2 CONQUEST OF LIGHT Louis Marcus’s second Academy Award® nomination for Best Short... Read More
PROGRAMME 1 THREE KISSES Justin Herman’s charming drama focuses on the sporting and... Read More
A brand new year means a brave new world of cinema’s best kept secret. Sometimes it will be a preview, but not always; sometimes, it will be a title one might expect to see at the IFI, but not always.... Read More
We are delighted to welcome scriptwriter/actor Mark O’Halloran to introduce the film.
Join us for our now annual visit on the Feast of the Epiphany to the household of the Misses Morkan as they host New Year’s dinner in... Read More
The Night of Ideas is a worldwide initiative, spearheaded by Institut Français, that celebrates the constant stream of ideas between countries, cultures and generations.
The Irish Film Institute and the French Embassy are proud to present this second edition in... Read More
Tickets for this event are €12 .
March 24th 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the real-life POW escape during World War II at the Luftwaffe-run Stalag Luft III prison in then German-occupied Poland. In honour of this, Dan Snow... Read More
As the new cinema going year begins, we present director Paul Anton Smith’s filmic love letter to the experience. A supercut of over a thousand scenes from films in which characters go to the cinema, it... Read More
In 1951 American musicologist Alan Lomax travelled to Ireland and, guided by piper Séamus Ennis, began recording and collecting traditional Irish songs and music. Released as the album Ireland, and credited with the folk and traditional music revivals of the... Read More
This screening will be followed by Q&A.
Featuring the highly successful Starboard Home album and showcase gigs at the National Concert Hall, Dublin this documentary celebrates the formative bond between Dublin’s port, city and river through music, song and spoken... Read More
Screening will be followed by Q&A
A lyrical portrait of a brilliant yet tormented artist, Slán leis an gCeol explores the complexities of a talented and philosophical man. Tony MacMahon, one of Ireland’s most remarkable traditional musicians, was recently diagnosed... Read More
This new documentary from the makers of Older than Ireland celebrates the century-long tradition, firmly embedded in the hearts and minds of Dubliners, of meeting under Clery’s clock. This once-popular meeting place provides a starting point for a fascinating journey... Read More
The debut feature from musician and activist Boots Riley is one of the year’s funniest and most inventive films. A scattershot satire that hides its social commentary in plain sight, its tangents and digressions tackle issues of race, class, capitalism,... Read More
Arch provocateur Lars von Trier returns with one of his most outrageous films to date. Cheeky, self-referential, graphically violent and wildly imaginative, The House That Jack Built is also, in its own twisted way, an exploration of an artist’s development... Read More
Titled after the apocryphal expression of Soviet security chief Beria while rushing to Stalin’s deathbed, Aleksei German’s (Hard to be a God, 2013) film distils the anticipation and anxiety in the Moscow air in January 1953 as the... Read More
After the huge success of Easy Rider (1969), Dennis Hopper was given a blank cheque to stage his follow-up. Consciously self-reflexive, The Last Movie follows a Hollywood movie crew making a Western in a remote Peruvian village. When production wraps,... Read More
A heavy metal-loving misfit becomes Poland’s first recipient of a face transplant in Małgorzata Szumowska’s (In The Name Of, 2013; Body/Ciało, 2015) Mug, a wry commentary that exposes the roots of prejudice and hypocrisy in the country’s regional communities.
Jacek... Read More
Join us for a special Feast Your Eyes screening on Tuesday the 18th of December.
It’s A Wonderful Life has become required viewing during the Christmas period, and we’re pleased to present this perennial IFI favourite in a new 4K... Read More
Of the many family films that are termed classic, this one surely merits the label. Adapted from E. Nesbit’s much-loved book, it’s the story of three children who move to the country with their mother, after their adored father vanishes... Read More
Reasons to be cheerful in December? Robert Redford’s new film The Old Man and the Gun (which opens on December 14th)! Announcing his retirement, the legendary star goes out on a high in this role of career criminal Forrest, addicted to... Read More
There will be Open Captioned screenings at 13.00 on December 11th and 18.30 on December 18th.
At nearly 70 years of age, gentleman bank robber Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) shows no sign of slowing down. Having escaped prison on numerous... Read More
Our monthly gastronomic feature followed by a meal in the IFI Café Bar.
December’s pairing of a new release and a festival main course menu will be Frank Capra’s evergreen classic It’s A Wonderful Life.
James Stewart plays everyman George... Read More
The 18.30 screening on Friday 14th will be followed by a Q&A with Nuala O’Connor and Diarmaid Ferriter, hosted by filmmaker Pat Collins.
This feature-length documentary tells the story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war... Read More
IGLOO A THÓGAINT
(Building an igloo)
A film made by the Canadian Film Board and later translated into Irish to teach Irish schoolchildren the invaluable skill of igloo-building.
FILM INFO: 10 mins, 1949
Orla Walsh’s irreverent... Read More
Join us for free films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect tickets at IFI Box Office
YULE OF YORE
AMHARC ÉIREANN – AN NOLLAIG
Christmas stories from Gael Linn’s newsreel
FILM INFO: 6 mins, 1959-1963,... Read More
Screening as part of First Fortnight 2019.
Join us for the inaugural First Fortnight IFI Family event. This specially curated programme offers different stories of positive mental health through animations and live action short films. Dealing with school, friendship, bereavement,... Read More
Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a feature length documentary film directed by Gabrielle Brady set on the remote Christmas Island. Poh Lin is a trauma counsellor living on the remote Christmas Island... Read More
A devastated father struggles to deal with his son’s debilitating addiction to methamphetamines in Belgian director Felix van Groeningen’s (The Broken Circle Breakdown, 2012) first English language film, an emotionally charged adaptation of... Read More
Labyrinthine tells the story of a man who, after battling for years, developed ways to cope with his psychiatric disorder by means of art, imagination and innovation. Sven is a husband, a father... Read More
4th December // Embassy of Ireland lecture and cinema cycle dedicated to the work of Irish director Thaddeus O’ Sullivan // Citizen Lane // Lisbon, Portugal // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland Lisbon, Portugal
7th to 9th... Read More
PRESENTED ON 35MM
When feisty wife Lisa (Anne Heywood) leaves him, fashionable gynaecologist Paul Vernon (Tony Britton) drowns his sorrows and ends up spending the night with Frenchwoman, Tina Monet (Nicole Perrault). When Tina is evicted from her lodgings, Paul... Read More
Secluded deep in the forests of Central Europe, a strictly devout Christian community is suffering a crisis of faith following a series of unsettling incidents and a devastating loss. When a young man stumbles onto their compound bearing scars of... Read More
Katie Taylor has won six European and five world amateur championships and was a Gold Medal winner at the London 2012 Olympic Games. After a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympics, she turned professional and attempted to rebuild a... Read More
An eccentric north Kildare cattle farmer campaigns for his rights against the planning decisions of the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) in Feargal Ward’s beautifully nuanced documentary.
The film charts Reid’s halting progress in his long battle with the IDA which... Read More
Roddy Doyle’s first original screenplay since When Brendan Met Trudy (2000) puts a human face to Dublin’s homeless issue and the increasing numbers of families affected.
Rosie (Sarah Greene), partner John Paul (Moe Dunford), and their four young children have... Read More
IFI & Doc’n’Roll Film Festival Presents: Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records
A film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music,... Read More
Professional climber Alex Honnold scales the world’s most vertiginous cliff faces without ropes, harness or any other safety equipment, using only his bare hands and a bag of chalk. Known as ‘free soloing’, the extreme sport, which has cost the... Read More
2nd to 3rd November // Copenhagen Irish Festival // Natural Grace, The Yellow Bittern // Copenhagen, Denmark // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Copenhagen
5th, 7th and 11th November // Irish Film Festival, Nova Southeastern University //... Read More
A crew including musicians Glen Hansard and Brendan Begley, artist Liam Holden, stonemason Brendan Moriarty, and the late writer and poet Danny Sheehy embark on a voyage to the Camino by sea. Together they take their naomhóg, a traditional boat... Read More
Hirokazu Koreeda (Like Father, Like Son; Our Little Sister; After the Storm) deserves to be recognised as one of the most prolific directors working today. With the superlative Shoplifters, he has delivered another brilliantly observed and deeply moving drama of... Read More
Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman were New York triplets separated at birth who grew up oblivious to one another’s existence until they reunited in 1980 at age 19. This remarkable story is merely the opening chapter in Tim... Read More
A cinematic eulogy to nature and agrarian culture and a glimpse into the life of farmer/poet Patrick McCormack, descendant of generations of farmers who have lived off the Burren in County Clare.
The Mesolithic tombs, famine villages and endless stone... Read More
1994’s Eurovision, hosted by Ireland, featured interval act Riverdance, which would become an overnight sensation and an iconic worldwide cultural phenomenon, spawning an unprecedented interest in Irish dancing around the world. One such place was Finland, a country far more... Read More
** IFI EDUCATION SCREENINGS OF WESTWOOD ARE FOR SCHOOLS ONLY AND ARE NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. **
Tickets for the screenings of Westwood can be booked through the IFI Education team. Contact Richard or Aoife on 01-6795744.
Suitable for Senior... Read More
Following the death of her husband, a lonely woman (Monica Dolan) nurses a dry, almost dead, potted fern back to life. As the plant thrives, an unlikely relationship develops as the fern becomes her constant companion, that is until a... Read More
One of cinema’s most prolific and impactful documentary directors, Alex Gibney, is best known for tackling big stories of international significance: Enron, Scientology, clerical sex abuse, and Al Qaeda. Here, he narrows his focus to explore the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre... Read More
Diving headlong into the volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five people, Moscow Never Sleepsis multi-narrative drama about the hidden bonds that connects us all. An entrepreneur whose business empire comes under siege by powerful bureaucrats,... Read More
James Allen (Laurence O’Fuarain) is a successful, controlling, thirty-something banker living alone and working in Dublin city at the tail-end of the recession. When a family tragedy occurs at the hands of his employer he decides to take action which... Read More
3rd to 7th October // The Irish Festival of Oulu // Inside I’m Racing, Kíla: Pota Óir, Anseo i Lár an Ghleanna [In the Shadow of the Glen], Revolutions, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, Song of... Read More
The complexities of a father/son relationship are explored in this documentary from Irish director Donal Foreman.
Foreman, a passionate cinephile and keen filmmaker since childhood, grapples with the legacy of his estranged father, the late documentarian, Arthur MacCaig, whose decades-long... Read More
Inspired by true stories, seven interconnecting stories are set in and around the lost and found office of a train station in Ireland.
14th to 23rd September // Irish Culture Foundation / Fundacja Kultury Irlandzkiej // In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, After 16 short films: The Party, My Life for Ireland, Goodbye Darling, A Father’s Letter, Granite and Chalk,... Read More
24 August // PolskaEire Festival // Sing Street // Ruda Śląska, Poland
The history of Ireland has been deeply affected by emigration, with almost 10 million people emigrating from the island of Ireland between 1800 and 2015. Charting the journeys of five Irish emigrants across four continents as they pursue a common... Read More
On the 16th of December 2016 a group of housing activists and trade unionists commandeered Apollo House, an empty Nama-controlled office block on Dublin’s Poolbeg Street and opened a shelter for homeless people. Joined by well-known public figures, including film... Read More
Spanning a decade that culminated in the 34th amendment to the Irish constitution, Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea’s IFTA-nominated documentary feature follows the founders and members of the Marriage Equality in Ireland organisation as they campaigned for the extension of... Read More
5th July // London Irish Centre Film Club // The Rocky Road to Dublin + The Making of The Rocky Road to Dublin // London, UK // Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain
Emmet Kirwan’s play was a hit on the Irish stage, drawing from the author’s own experiences as he played Jason, an aspiring DJ whose life revolves around ‘the session’, but who is stopped in his tracks by a chance encounter... Read More
Two couples appear content in their middle-class Dublin lives: rewarding jobs, good work/life balance, happy kids and entertaining friends. Cracks begin to appear when Jim (Cillian Murphy) and Danielle (Eva Birthistle) discover that Yvonne (Catherine Walker) and Chris (Andrew Scott)... Read More
To celebrate one hundred years of women’s suffrage, artist Noel Murphy embarked on a six-month journey to paint the 53 sitting women members of the Houses of the Oireachtas in one single portrait, unveiled in the Oireachtas on International Women’s... Read More
This atmospheric, hallucinatory drama about youth at risk in small-town Ireland represents an auspicious feature debut for Northern Irish director Aoife McArdle, who brings to the cinema screen the dynamic visual sense she honed through working on celebrated music videos.
The Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon animation studio (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea) returns with another Oscar-nominated triumph; directed by Nora Twomey – co-director of Kells – The Breadwinner is a beautifully realised ode to resilience under oppression and... Read More
Reta Winters (Catherine Keener) has many reasons to be happy: her three teenage daughters, her twenty‐year relationship with her husband, and her work as a successful translator and novelist. But suddenly, all the quiet satisfactions of her life disappear when... Read More
Dafhyd Flynn plays Michael McCrea, an impressionable 18-year-old living with his grandfather Francis (Lalor Roddy) in a Dublin housing estate. His life is derailed when he is caught holding a bag of drugs for a friend’s older brother and sentenced... Read More
Over 30,000 students prepare for piano exams each year in Ireland. In this delightfully quirky and uplifting documentary, we are invited into the world of the piano lesson. The film examines the special bond between piano teachers and their pupils,... Read More
Experimental filmmaker Dean Kavanagh’s latest work is a genre-defying exploration of the cinematic apparatus. The film concerns a character (played with corporeal intensity by Cillian Roche) who happens upon a group undergoing bestial metamorphosis. Narrative is not at the forefront... Read More
Phantom Islands is an experimental film that exists at the boundaries of documentary and fiction. Directed by Rouzbeh Rashidi, with the visual intensity that has marked him as one of Ireland’s most radical and unique filmmakers, it follows a couple... Read More
Director Niall McCann’s observational drama centres on well-known Irish musician Adrian Crowley. While being interviewed by a film crew for his latest album, an interruption causes Adrian to ponder – what would a film about his life be like? Could... Read More
Following the success of Fortune’s Wheel (about Bill Stephens, the Fairview lion tamer), director Joe Lee focuses now on another Dublin neighbourhood, Inchicore, to tell the extraordinary story of life as lived over 200 years in Richmond Barracks, Keogh Square and St... Read More
A young autistic boy fascinated with motorsport unexpectedly finds a chance to put his passion to the test.
Director Aleksander Szeser captures the essence of Formula racing in this short film shot at Dublin’s Mondello Park, while Ethan Dodd embodies an... Read More
The Camino Voyage opens at the IFI on the 23rd of November 2018.
A crew of explorers takes to the beloved, sacred Camino de Santiago – not by land but by sea – in this evocative, immersive documentary by director... Read More
3rd June // Eve Film Festival // Revolutions // Ottawa, Canada
3rd June // European Film Festival // Kissing Candice // Sibiu, Romania // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Bucharest
7th June // Equality Week Warsaw // Queen of Ireland... Read More
2nd May // Festival Eurocine // The Drummer and the Keeper // Medellín, Colombia
3rd May // Festival Eurocine // The Drummer and the Keeper // Calí, Colombia
7th to 13th May // European Film Festival // Kissing Candice [12th May] // Bucharest, Romania... Read More
3rd April // Centre Culturel Irlandais // Maze // Paris, France
4th April // Irish Film Festival London presents a UK tour of In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America and Q&A with director Maurice Fitzpatrick // Leeds, UK
5th... Read More
1st – 4th March // Chicago Irish Film Festival // In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, A Little Bit of Tear, I’m Talking to You, Markey’s Bad Week, Writing Home, Thespish, The Breadwinner, Zoo, Keep it Reel, Puc... Read More
James Demo’s feature documentary is an intimate portrait of international peacemaker Padraig O’Malley, an Irish man who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. Padraig has worked in conflict resolution for over 40 years. Among... Read More
3rd – 11th February // Cine O’Clock: Cinéma britannique & irlandais // A Date for Mad Mary, Patrick’s Day // Lyons, France
6th February // Centre Culturel Irlandais // It’s Not Yet Dark, The Sound of People // Paris, France
23rd – 24th February // The... Read More
Kíla: Pota Óir is a portrait of one of Ireland’s most respected cult bands who merge folk and world music traditions into a euphoric live experience. Now in their 30th year, Kíla, formed by a bunch of musical youths in... Read More
5th – 14th January // Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival // Maze, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, Sing Street, Song of the Sea // Fremantle, Australia
26th January // Irish Language, A Day of Irish Literature, Film and Song //... Read More
Alan Gilsenan’s feature documentary tells the incredible story of Eliza Lynch, the Cork-born woman who became lover to Francisco Solano López, later the president of Paraguay. Maria Doyle Kennedy captures the spirit of Eliza in her later years, while Paraguayan... Read More
A searing portrait of one of Ireland’s most renowned traditional musicians, concertina player Noel Hill, as he recovers from a serious assault that left him a battered shadow of his former self. Noel Hill’s dream of a new life with... Read More
Featuring 30 men and women, all born before 1916, Older than Ireland is something of a landmark documentary that explores what it means to have lived 100 years, and more, in Ireland. Director Alex Fegan, who recently took the measure... Read More
Panti Bliss – AKA Rory O’Neill – is many things: Ireland’s premiere drag queen, successful businesswoman and, most recently, an accidental activist and campaigner on the world stage championing LGBT rights. Described by long-time co-conspirator Niall Sweeney as a “glamorous... Read More
This piercing new film by Carol Morley offers us the true story of an ill-fated modern-day Eleanor Rigby. In 2006, council officials forcibly entered a north London flat with an eviction notice, only to recoil at the decomposing body of Joyce Carol Vincent, a woman... Read More
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 Mayo to attend the funeral and reconnect with family... Read More
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 in 2008, Simon was told he had four years... Read More
A programme of seven of the short films commissioned by the Arts Council and TG4, in association with the Galway Film Centre, for Splanc! 2016. This is a special edition of the Irish-language documentary scheme in which film artists provide their creative responses... Read More
Part documentary, part reverie,
I Am Belfast is Mark Cousins’ film exploration of the city he calls home.
Incorporating contemporary dream-like sequences, archival film and a haunting score by David Holmes, the film portrays the city in an ethereal light not... Read More
This compendium of short films invites us into the quirkily observed world of director Ken Wardrop and producer Andrew Freedman. Their early work as classmates at the National Film School at IADT in Dun Laoghaire reveals the roots of the... Read More
Born and Reared explores contemporary Northern Ireland through the lives of four men living in the aftermath of violent conflict. In Northern Ireland today communities struggle to come to terms with the horrors and sacrifices of the past. Four men, of... 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 Road to God Knows Where was a breakthrough, iconoclastic film for Alan Gilsenan and remains a memorable zeitgeist movie of Ireland in a transformational decade. The 1980s was a period of social regression, emigration and political crisis. Capturing the... Read More
Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins (Silence) presents the life story of legendary sean nós singer Joe Heaney (Seosamh Ó hÉanaí). The film celebrates the genius of the musician while painting an unflinching portrait of a deeply enigmatic and complex man. Born in Connemara in... Read More
The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy is a new film work by Irish-born, Turner Prize-winning artist Duncan Campbell. Filmed in and around the Kerry village of Dún Chaoin the film integrates newly-scripted dramatised material with footage from The Village (1968),... 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
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
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
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 // Atlantic // Minnesota, USA
8th – 9th November // Bram... Read More
5th – 9th October // Irish Film Week, Oulu // The Summit, Mairead Farrell : Unfinished Conversation, My Name Is Emily, Brooklyn, The Sea // Oulu, Finland
6th – 8th October // Irish Film Festival, Bangkok // Once, Ryan’s Daughter,... Read More
13th, 14th, 17th, 21st September // Semana de Irlanda de Zaragoza // Eden, His and Hers, Newsreel Programme, 1916: The Irish Rebellion // Zaragoza, Spain
21st – 23rd September // Irish Film Festival, San Francisco // A Date for Mad... Read More
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
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, UK
22nd –... Read More
Recently re-released in a superb new print, Henri-Georges Cluzot’s Le Corbeau has been one of the great unseen classics of French cinema. Now considered a masterpiece from a director with one of the bleakest visions of human nature in the... Read More
Interested in learning more about courses in film? To respond to the many requests we get each term about opportunities for studying film at third level, we are holding a Careers Day for students. Representatives from the major colleges will... Read More
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME DECEMBER 2018: PROGRAMME 2
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
KEEPERS OF THE FLAME
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
THE CAMINO VOYAGE
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN
THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN (WILD STRAWBERRIES)
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
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