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  • STORIES FROM THE HALF LIGHT: THE FILMS OF PETER HUTTON

    The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Chris Brokaw and Matthew Nolan.

    Boston guitarist/composer Chris Brokaw and Dublin guitarist/composer Matthew Nolan present an evening exploring the silent films of experimental filmmaker Peter Hutton (1944-2016).

    Over a period of 50 years, Hutton made a series of... Read More

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  • TRUST NO ONE: Z

    Inspired by the killing of Greek politician Grigoris Lambrakis in 1963, Costa-Gavras’s exhilarating, brilliantly directed third feature focuses on the aftermath of a similar assassination of a politician leading the opposition to a right-wing government.

    Operating both as a gripping thriller and a political expose,... Read More

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  • TRUST NO ONE: THE FLIGHT

    Dismayed by East German state bureaucracy, Dr Schmidt (Armin Mueller-Stahl) seeks the help of an underground faction to assist in his escape to the west.

    Defection to the west was a taboo subject for GDR filmmakers, which makes Roland Gräf’s film all the more remarkable for... Read More

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  • TRUST NO ONE: INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN UNDER SUSPICION

    Director Elio Petri’s supremely stylish, blackly humorous exposé of endemic police corruption in Italian society boasts a magnetic performance from his regular lead Gian Maria Volontè, and was named Best Foreign Language Film at the 1971 Academy Awards.

    Volontè plays a respected police inspector who, at the outset,... Read More

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  • TRUST NO ONE: THE PARALLAX VIEW

    When witnesses to the assassination of a presidential candidate begin to mysteriously disappear, journalist Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) goes undercover in an investigation that leads him to the Parallax Corporation, a shadowy entity involved in the recruitment and training of professional hit men.

    Memorably shot by the great... Read More

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  • TRUST NO ONE: STATE OF SIEGE

    A landmark political thriller, Costa-Gavras’s State of Siege reflected growing mistrust at US interventions overseas. Yves Montand plays Philip Michael Santore, a CIA operative covertly advising the government of an unnamed pro-US Latin American country on torture techniques.

    He is targeted by a militant guerrilla group... Read More

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  • TRUST NO ONE: THE LOST HONOUR OF KATHERINA BLUM

    Life begins to unravel for young Katherina Blum (Angela Winkler) after she spends the night with an alleged terrorist, immediately becoming the victim of an unremitting campaign of police surveillance and harassment.

    The tabloid press, working in cahoots with the corrupt police force, are led to her... Read More

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  • TRUST NO ONE: THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR

    Robert Redford’s fourth collaboration with director Sydney Pollack is a classic example of the paranoid conspiracy thrillers that proliferated in the wake of Watergate. Redford plays unassuming CIA researcher Joe Turner who returns from lunch one day to find everyone in his department has been shot... Read More

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  • FAKE VIEWS: CATFISH

    The film will be introduced by cyberpsychologist Nicola Fox Hamilton.

    Directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sense a story unfolding as they begin to film the life of Ariel’s brother Nev, a photographer and avid social networker.

    Their project begins when Nev receives a mysterious... Read More

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  • FAKE VIEWS: CERTIFIED COPY

    Includes an introduction to the film and the season from Ian Brunswick, Head of Programming at Science Gallery  Dublin.

    Juliette Binoche plays an antiques dealer in Tuscany; she attends a talk by a British writer (played by Opera singer William Shimell) which addresses issues of... Read More

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  • FAKE VIEWS: TIM’S VERMEER

    The film will be preceded by an introduction from Kate Drinane of the National Gallery of Ireland’s Education Department.

    17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer created astonishingly beautiful paintings that foreground the minutiae of everyday lives, capturing the play of light with a... Read More

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  • TRUST NO ONE: THE DAY OF THE JACKAL

    A right-wing paramilitary group plotting to kill French President General De Gaulle in response to his granting of Algerian independence in 1963 contracts a professional assassin code-named ‘The Jackal’. Learning of the conspiracy, police inspector Lebel (Michael Lonsdale) is given emergency powers to conduct his investigation and a... Read More

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  • TRUST NO ONE: KNIFE IN THE HEAD

    Caught in the crossfire at a raid on a left-wing rally, apolitical scientist Hoffman (Bruno Ganz) is critically injured with lingering memory loss. Smeared as a terrorist by the police who almost killed him and hailed as a hero by other groups, Hoffman’s journey of rehabilitation and... Read More

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  • EFA YAA 2018: HOBBYHORSE REVOLUTION

    The Young Audience Award (YAA) is an initiative of the European Film Academy (EFA), and is awarded annually by young juries from all across Europe.

    On Sunday 6th, IFI will host these awards with our YAA panel, who will watch the three nominated films and vote... Read More

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  • U2: DREAM OUT LOUD (ROCK’N’ROLL CINEMA)

    Dream Out Loud illuminates the extraordinary connection U2 fans share with their music, the band and each other for four decades.

    The documentary is a conversation between 200 people, and is a heartfelt collection of experiences from fans representing 25... Read More

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  • BEALTAINE: SULLY

    Join us for the launch of the 2018 access>Cinema film tour, which features this grand biopic starring Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger, the aircraft pilot who dramatically landed his damaged plane on the Hudson river, saving the lives of his... Read More

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  • IFI & ILFD: MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (IFI Family)

    Writer and illustrator ER Murray will introduce the film and talk about her own love of witches in books and films.

    Presented in association with the International Literature Festival Dublin 2018, this gorgeous anime features flame-haired Mary, a brave, bold... Read More

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  • NEIL GAIMAN SELECTS… ALICE

    This screening will include an introduction from Neil Gaiman and a post-screening discussion about the film. Tickets: €16/€14. 

    Neil Gaiman joins us to introduce and discuss Alice, a dark fantasy film by Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer. A surreal adaptation of... Read More

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  • IFI & THE DOUGLAS HYDE GALLERY & AEMI IN FOCUS – TAMARA HENDERSON

    This screening will be followed by a Q&A between aemi and artist Tamara Henderson

    To coincide with Seasons End: More Than Suitcases, her current exhibition at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, aemi have curated a screening of works featuring three recent... Read More

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  • April 2018

    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

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  • PREVIEW: A CAMBODIAN SPRING + Q&A

    This screening will include a Q&A with director Chris Kelly and Venerable Luon Sovath. 

    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... Read More

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  • LET THE SUNSHINE IN

    This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

    This film is also our Feast Your Eyes pick for April, with a special movie ticket + meal deal on April 23rd. 

    Hugely popular at last year’s IFI French Film Festival, the... Read More

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  • CUSTODY

    Join us for a discussion of the film after the 18.15  screening on Wednesday the 18th of April.

    A frank depiction of a bitter custody battle between the divorced parents of a preteen boy gradually morphs into an almost unbearably... Read More

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  • THE DELINQUENT SEASON

    This film opens April 27th. Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 23rd.

    Join us for a Q&A with director Mark O’Rowe following the 18.20 screening on Friday 27th.

    Two couples appear content in their middle-class Dublin lives: rewarding... Read More

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  • MAKING THE GRADE

    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 from director Ken Wardrop (His and Hers) examines the special... Read More

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  • MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS

    This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

    EXCLUSIVELY AT IFI.

    The spirit of Sergio Leone is playfully invoked in Mouly Surya’s revisionist, defiantly feminist take on the classic western themes of vengeance and justice. The film plays out against... Read More

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  • ANIMAL KINGDOM (IRISH FOCUS)

    The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Dean Kavanagh, hosted by aemi’s Daniel Fitzpatrick.

    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... Read More

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  • HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS (ROCK’N’ROLL CINEMA)

    This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

    Emerging in the immediate aftermath of punk, The Slits, along with artists such as The Raincoats and Siouxsie Sioux, were part of an emerging generation of women musicians inspired by the energy... Read More

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  • FEAST YOUR EYES: LET THE SUNSHINE IN

    Hugely popular at last year’s IFI French Film Festival, the latest film from one of contemporary cinema’s finest directors, Claire Denis (Beau travail, White Material), is an idiosyncratic take on the romantic comedy, featuring Juliette Binoche as Isabelle, a recently... Read More

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  • THE WOUND

    This film opens on April 27th. Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 23rd.

    EXCLUSIVELY AT IFI.

    John Trengove’s feature début is an adaptation of Thando Mgqolozana’s novel A Man Who is Not a Man, which explores the enduring taboo... Read More

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  • ONE CITY ONE BOOK: THE TEAR AND THE SMILE (FROM THE VAULTS)

    Elizabeth Bowen is credited with writing this controversial US TV documentary which introduced audiences to contemporary Ireland. It featured an array of leading political and literary figures and sometimes harsh scenes of rural and urban hardship. Upon broadcast in 1961,... Read More

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  • THE OLD DARK HOUSE

    This film opens on April 27th. Tickets are now on sale.

    EXCLUSIVELY AT IFI.

    Probably the least known of James Whale’s classic horror quartet of the 1930s, now fully digitally restored and making a rare and welcome reappearance on the... Read More

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  • FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (‘DOLLARS’ TRILOGY)

    Following the success of A Fistful of Dollars, Leone and his producer rushed to get a sequel into production once Eastwood agreed to return.

    Here, he is Manco, a bounty hunter forced to team up with rival Colonel Mortimer (Lee... Read More

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  • THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (‘DOLLARS’ TRILOGY)

    A massive success at the box office on its release that has since become one of the most undeniably popular and influential Westerns ever made, the final entry in the Dollars trilogy once again stars Eastwood (Blondie) and Van Cleef... Read More

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  • NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL

    This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

    EXCLUSIVELY AT IFI.

    Shirley Henderson delivers a powerfully nuanced performance as Judy, a mother struggling to maintain her independence in a remote British Columbian community whilst living with early-onset Parkinson’s disease, in... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME PROGRAMME 2: APRIL 2018

    SWINGING ‘60s Join us for free films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect tickets at IFI Box Office – please see www.ifi.ie for more information. Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

    PROGRAMME 2 TIDE ON THE TURN FILM INFO: 16... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME PROGRAMME 1: APRIL 2018

    SWINGING ‘60s Join us for free films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect tickets at IFI Box Office – please see www.ifi.ie for more information. Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

    PROGRAMME 1 FRIENDLY IRELAND FILM INFO: 26 mins, Ireland,... Read More

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  • A TASTE OF HONEY (BIGGER PICTURE)

    This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

    The screening will be introduced by artist and ACT UP Dublin activist Will St Leger.

    Tony Richardson’s adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s 1958 play was a significant entry into what became known as... Read More

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  • AFTER THE STORM (WILD STRAWBERRIES)

    One of Japan’s finest contemporary filmmakers, Kore-eda’s quiet depictions of family life draw you in gently to reveal their dark corners, in a contemplative and honest fashion. In this drama, written by the director, his protagonist, Ryôta, is a failed... Read More

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  • IFI SPOTLIGHT 2018 – FULL DAY

    IFI Spotlight, now in its 6th year, will again present a series of panels and contributions exploring the world of Irish film and television in all its guises. We invite filmmakers, critics, academics and audiences to join us in reviewing... Read More

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  • IFI SPOTLIGHT 2018 – MORNING SESSION

    Morning session only tickets are available for purchase from the link above.

    Full day tickets are available for purchase here.

    Afternoon session only tickets are available for purchase here.

    A special lunch deal is available from the IFI Cafe Bar for... Read More

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  • IFI SPOTLIGHT 2018 – AFTERNOON SESSION

    Afternoon session only tickets are available for purchase from the link above.

    Morning session only tickets are available for purchase here.

    Full day tickets tickets are available for purchase here.

    AFTERNOON SESSION

    14.00 A Catch-Up on Gender Equity Annie Doona (Chair... Read More

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  • THE INVISIBLE MAN

    Whale’s adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel saw Claude Rains in his first American role as the mysterious stranger swathed in bandages taking refuge in a quiet English inn.

    Soon, the local villagers discover that the stranger is Doctor Jack... Read More

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  • FRANKENSTEIN / THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN – DOUBLE BILL

    This double bill will be introduced by The Irish Times film critic Donald Clarke. Tickets €12/€10. Tickets for individual films not available. There will be a brief intermission.

    This double bill represents a number of peaks: of Whale’s artistry; of... Read More

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  • March 2018

    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

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  • MICHAEL INSIDE

    Dafhyd Flynn, Moe Dunford and Lalor Roddy star in Michael Inside, which tells the story of Michael McCrea, an impressionable 18-year-old living with his grandfather Francis in a Dublin housing estate, who gets caught holding a bag of drugs for... Read More

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  • The Peacemaker

    26/02/2018

    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

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  • ISLE OF DOGS

    Wes Anderson’s second stop-motion animated film (following Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009) is a typically charming and meticulously detailed outing. After an outbreak of canine flu leads to all dogs being exiled to Trash Island, defiant 12-year-old Atari sets out... Read More

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  • February 2018

    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

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  • Kila: Pota Óir

    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

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  • IFI & ADIFF: CAREERS IN FILM DAY

    This event has been rescheduled to Wednesday May 2nd 2018. All tickets for the original event remain valid, please bring them along on the day. 

    Careers in Film Day is an innovative one-day programme of events aimed at second-level students... Read More

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  • January 2018

    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

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  • Eliza Lynch: Queen of Paraguay

    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

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  • Noel Hill: Aisling Ghéar

    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

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  • Older than Ireland

    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

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  • The Queen of Ireland

    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

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  • Dreams of a Life

    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

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  • Soulsmith

    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

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  • It’s Not Yet Dark

    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

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  • Splanc!

    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

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  • I am Belfast

    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

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  • Wardrop’s Shorts

    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

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  • Born and Reared

    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

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  • George Best: All By Myself

    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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  • The Road to God Knows Where

    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

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  • Song of Granite

    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

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  • The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy

    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

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  • GAZE on Tour 2017

    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

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  • Mom and Me

    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

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  • The Truth Commissioner

    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

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  • Further Beyond

    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

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  • Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village

    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

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  • Bobby Sands: 66 Days

    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

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  • The Randomer

    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

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  • How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story

    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

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  • Crash and Burn

    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

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  • Takasera

    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

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  • Meetings with Ivor

    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

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  • Between Land and Sea

    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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  • The Secret Scripture

    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

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  • School Life

    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

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  • Revolution in Colour

    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

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  • Handsome Devil

    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

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  • Blood Fruit

    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

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  • 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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  • In View

    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

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  • Without Name

    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

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  • Smolt

    ‘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

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  • Revolutions

    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

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  • Cardboard Gangsters

    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

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  • Sanctuary

    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

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  • 4th Act

    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

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  • Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect

    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

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  • Maze

    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

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  • Elián

    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

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  • A Cambodian Spring

    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

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  • Condemned to Remember

    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

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  • The Farthest

    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

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  • Butterfly City

    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

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  • Loving Lorna

    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

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  • Pilgrimage

    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

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  • Maudie

    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

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  • In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America

    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

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  • It Tolls for Thee

    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

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  • The Drummer and the Keeper

    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

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  • Rocky Ros Muc

    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

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  • Writing Home

    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

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  • November 2017

    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

    8th – 9th November // Bram Stoker –... Read More

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  • October 2017

    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, USA

    25th October... Read More

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  • MYSTERY MATINEE: 2018

    The IFI once again invites audiences to take a chance with us on a Sunday afternoon. Our Mystery Matinee strand is a screening about which only two things will be known: it could be literally anything from the history of... Read More

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  • September 2017

    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

    29th September –... Read More

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  • August 2017

    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

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  • June 2017

    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

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  • Careers in Film and Media Open Day

    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

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