JULY AT THE IFI – SEASONS, SPECIALS EVENTS AND EVERYTHING ELSE

July has arrived, and the IFI is celebrating the month in unique fashion with two 70mm presentations.

We’re very proud that we’re the only cinema in Ireland with a 70mm film projector, and even more delighted to be able to screen Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk in the rare and spectacular format on its release from July 21st. We’re also showing a spectacular 70mm print of the space-race epic The Right Stuff as part of our Dark Skies Festival on July 15th.

That’s not all, the month includes a bevy of new releases, a live theatre blockbuster in Angels in America, the powerful Children of Men (already 11 years old!) as well as two films celebrating the life and times of musicians Gregory Porter and John Coltrane.

Read on for details of our events, new releases and a whole lot more!

From July 7th: The Midwife, Sanctuary
From July 14th: The Beguiled, David Lynch: The Art Life, Pilgrimage
From July 21st: City of Ghosts, Dunkirk (70mm)
From July 28th: The Big Sick, The Farthest

1st SAT – 11.00 & 14.30 | DUBLIN PLAYS ITSELF
A special walking tour of Dublin with the Irish Architecture Foundation. The two 2017 sessions are now sold out.

2ND SUN – 16.00 | EDITH WALKS + FORGOTTEN THE QUEEN
Inspired by a statue of King Harold in the arms of his first wife Edith Swan-Neck, filmmaker Andrew Kötting journeys 108 miles on foot from to retrace their steps in this beguiling film, which also features a chat with the rarely seen Alan Moore.

3RD MON – 18.20 | EDITH WALKS + FORGOTTEN THE QUEEN
Inspired by a statue of King Harold in the arms of his first wife Edith Swan-Neck, filmmaker Andrew Kötting journeys 108 miles on foot from to retrace their steps in this beguiling film, which also features a chat with the rarely seen Alan Moore.

4th TUES – 21.30 | IFI CAFÉ BAR PUB QUIZ (FREE EVENT)
Our famous monthly quiz which is held in the Café Bar and is totally free! This month sees us bid farewell to our MC and quizmaster extraordinaire Adam who is heading out for pastures new. Come enjoy his fiendish questions one last time!

5TH WED – 18.20 | DOC’N’ROLL: GREGORY PORTER: DON’T FORGET YOUR MUSIC
Made over a four-year period by musician-turned-photographer Alfred George Bailey, and featuring interviews with Porter’s brother Lloyd and sister Lawanda, as well as jazz luminaries Jools Holland, Van Morrison, Gilles Peterson and Jamie Callum, this is an intimate, black and white portrait of an exceptional talent.

9th SUN – 16.00 |DOC’N’ROLL: CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY
John Scheinfeld explores the life of the pioneering saxophonist in this finely crafted film that boasts contributions from such diverse figures as Denzel Washington and Bill Clinton, as well as jazz elder statesmen Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins and Reggie Workman.

11TH TUES – 18.30 |IRISH FOCUS: WE ARE MOVING – MEMORIES OF MISS MORIARTY
We Are Moving is an intimate portrait of Joan Denise Moriarty, a pioneer of early 20th century Irish dance. With a dream of bringing ballet to every corner of Ireland, Moriarty created a uniquely Irish form of the dance style inspired by her love of nature and Irish folklore. Followed by a Q&A with director Claire Dix.

11TH TUES – 18.30 |IFI FRENCH FILM CLUB: THE MIDWIFE
A midwife gets unexpected news from her father’s old mistress in this film starring Catherine Frot and cinema legend Catherine Deneuve. They’re pitted against one another by director Martin Provost (Violette) in a story that makes the most of their differences on its way to an emotional climax.

12th WED – 18.20 | FILM CLUB: SANCTUARY
Our monthly film club lets you have your say, in an informal conversation facilitated by IFI staff. This month, we’re taking a look at Len Collin’s new film Sanctuary, which deals with a touching relationship between Larry, a young man with Down’s syndrome, and Sophie, who suffers from epilepsy.

13TH THURS – 18.15 |DARK SKIES: THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN
Based on Michael Crichton’s 1969 novel of the same name, Robert Wise’s brilliantly conceived sci-fi suspense film foregrounds procedural fact gathering over conventional shock tactics as the true nature of the alien virus is teasingly revealed.

14TH FRI – 18.40 | DARK SKIES: PRIMER
Shane Carruth’s ultra-low budget sci-fi film digs deep into the potential delights, and eventual consequences, of time travel. It’s a staggering achievement and one which makes a virtue of its lack of resources to tell a truly bewildering tale.

14TH FRI – 20.30 | PILGRIMAGE + Q&A
A Cistercian monk is charged with transporting a sacred object across the wildlands of early 13th century Ireland in this gritty period piece. He has some help from the likes of Tom Holland’s novice and a mute killer played by Jon Bernthal, and plenty of enemies of every side. This screening will include a Q&A with director Brendan Muldowney and writer Jamie Hannigan.

15th SAT – 16.40 |DARK SKIES: PHASE IV + ALTERNATE ENDING
Ant colonies in the Arizona desert are behaving unusually. Two scientists set up camp nearby, linking their behaviour to the titular lunar cycle.  Evolving at an alarming rate, the ants’ sophisticated behaviour suggests that it is they who are scrutinising the scientists. Includes the original ending excised from the film for being too trippy for audiences in 1974.

15TH SAT – 19.30 |DARK SKIES: THE RIGHT STUFF (70MM)
The tentative first steps of US space exploration are thrillingly realised in Philip Kaufman’s triumphal ode to the test pilots who paved the way for the astronauts of the Mercury Space Programme. And showing in 70mm!

16TH SUN – 13.40 |DARK SKIES: VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED
Based on John Wyndham’s novel ‘The Midwich Cuckoos’, Wolf Rilla’s classic tale of an alien invasion by stealth was a huge hit in its day, spawning a sequel and a 1995 remake by none other than John Carpenter.

16TH SUN – 18.00 |DARK SKIES: THE QUIET EARTH
A speculative sci-fi mystery with a commitment to psychological depth in its characterisation that is rare for the genre, Geoff Murphy’s film builds to a strikingly ambiguous climax that should engender much discussion and debate.

16TH SUN – 20.00 |DARK SKIES: THE FARTHEST + Q&A
Employing interviews with the NASA team who worked on the project, brilliantly assembled archive footage and illustrative animations, Emer Reynolds recreates Voyager’s forty-five year journey, one that continues still. The Farthest is a captivating, deeply moving tribute to one of the most audacious projects in human history, one of mankind’s greatest successes.

18th TUES – 18.30 |OPEN CAPTIONED SCREENING: THE BEGUILED
Sofia Coppola’s take on Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 novel ditches the plot’s more lurid elements in favour of a slow-burn, nuanced and decidedly feminist approach to the material. Shifting the perspective from the central soldier figure to that of the women who care for him allows for plenty of simmering conflict in this humid, wryly amusing piece of southern gothic melodrama. Screening with Open Captioned subtitles.

20TH THURS – 19.00 | NT LIVE: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART I: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Starring Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge), Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

21ST FRI – 13.20 |OPEN CAPTIONED SCREENING: THE BEGUILED
Sofia Coppola’s take on Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 novel ditches the plot’s more lurid elements in favour of a slow-burn, nuanced and decidedly feminist approach to the material. Shifting the perspective from the central soldier figure to that of the women who care for him allows for plenty of simmering conflict in this humid, wryly amusing piece of southern gothic melodrama. Screening with Open Captioned subtitles.

23RD SUN – 13.00 |IFI FAMILY / FROM THE VAULTS: THE BOY FROM MERCURY
Tying in with this month’s Dark Skies season, this sweet and nostalgic fantasy is set in 1960s Dublin, and was filmed around Walkinstown and Crumlin, childhood home of the filmmaker, Martin Duffy. It’s the story of eight-year-old Harry, who finds comfort in the Flash Gordon TV series, as he tries to deal with the death of his father.

24th MON – 18.45 |FEAST YOUR EYES: THE BEGUILED
A special screening of Sofia Coppola’s new film, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Kristen Dunst, which is accompanied by a main course for a price of just €20. Menu items for this month include: Chilled Watermelon Soup, Wild Rice and Turkey Casserole and Crab Cakes.

25TH TUES – 18.30 |IFI & AEMI PROJECTIONS + IMMA: SUSAN MACWILLIAM
Presented in partnership with IMMA’s exhibition ‘As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics’, aemi is delighted to collaborate with artist Susan MacWilliam to present ‘Out of Body’, a selection of films that explore the psychic and physical spaces of body and landscape.

26TH WED – 11.00 |WILD STRAWBERRIES: THEIR FINEST
This charming World War II drama offers an antidote to the weightier war-themed features now showing. Here folk are getting on with life despite the war, with plenty of pluck and steel. Starring Gemma Arterton and the always delightful Bill Nighy. See it as part of our over-55s film club, with free tea or coffee for all attendees.

27TH THURS – 19.00 |NT LIVE: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART II: PERESTROIKA
This new staging of Tony Kushner’s award-winning play continues to its stunning conclusion. First performed in San Francisco in 1991 and later adapted into a HBO miniseries starring Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, in 2017 it will be directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott.

28TH FRI – 11.00 |WILD STRAWBERRIES: THEIR FINEST
This charming World War II drama offers an antidote to the weightier war-themed features now showing. Here folk are getting on with life despite the war, with plenty of pluck and steel. Starring Gemma Arterton and the always delightful Bill Nighy. See it as part of our over-55s film club, with free tea or coffee for all attendees.

30th SUN – 15.30 |MYSTERY MATINEE
Finish off the month with the return of our Mystery Matinee! This special strand offers up a film that’s a total surprise. It could be a brand new preview, a rarely seen title from decades ago or anything from the more than 100 years of film history. Step into the dark and find out with us, all for just €5… [you’ll find a list of previous titles here]

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