Junior Cycle

To book IFI Education events please contact Richard or Aoife on 01 679 5744 or schools@irishfilm.ie. 


Feb 13, 10.30 (rated PG)
Approaching a film adaptation of a much-loved book is always a challenge. Will it be different to the source material? This film adaptation of RJ Palacio’s bestselling novel offers a good opportunity for writing a review, or comparing the book with the film.
Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play the loving parents of 10-year-old Auggie who suffers a rare facial disfigurement and now has to face down the school bullies.
Also showing at: Portlaoise, Dunamaise Arts Centre – March 28th. Contact: 057 866 3355.


Miss Impossible
Dec 4, Jan 31, Apr 4 – 10.30 (rec age 12+)
This fresh drama centres on a 13-year-old Aurore, who is trying to find a sense of belonging in the world, stuck between a beautiful older sister and a brainy younger one.
Léna Magnien excels as the prickly teen, rebellious and full of smart answers. Her parents threaten boarding school, but an empathetic teacher and an offer to join a band give her new possibilities. The band’s friendship helps her open up, realise her own talent, and prompts her family to see her in a different light.
Study guide in association with the French Cultural Service available here.
Screening around Ireland – click for locations.


Mountain Miracle
Oct 23, Dec 6 – 10.30 (rec age 12+)
Suffering from asthma, 13-year-old Amelie is sent for treatment to a remote clinic in South Tyrol, Austria. Stubbornly refusing to participate in the programme, she runs away into the beautiful landscape that surrounds the clinic, hoping to find some freedom. While hiding she meets local boy Bart and they embark on a courageous adventure in search of a mountain cure. What follows is a story
of unlikely friendship and a young girl’s struggle for autonomy.
Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. Study guide available here.
Screening around Ireland – click for locations. 


Hero Steps
Mar 7, Apr 11 – 10.30 (rec age 12+) 
Ten-year-old Eduardo has more than his share of challenges: as a victim of Colombia’s armed conflict, he has lost a limb in a landmine explosion, and now
must negotiate life in a children’s home. However, not one to be deterred, Eduardo sets his sights on participating in a children’s soccer tournament. With
the help of his music teacher and some dedicated friends, Eduardo manages to mobilise a team to take on a rival club.
In association with Consejería de Educación, Embassy of Spain. Study guide available here.
Screening around Ireland – click for locations.


Rún Cheannannais Mhóir
Mar 12 – 10.30 (rated PG)
I gcomhair Sheachtain na Gaeilge, táimid ag taispeáint an leagain Ghaeilge de chéad bheochan fada an Cartoon Salon. Tá Breandán Óg ina chónaí i mainistir meánaoiseach Cheanannais atá faoi ionsaí leanúnach ó chreachairí. Nuair a insíonn Aodhán, maisitheoir iontach, dó faoi thóir ársa ar sheoid, tosaíonn Breandán ar chuardach a chuireann é i dteagmháil le hainmhithe miotasacha, Lochlannaigh urchóideacha agus spioraid na coillearnaí. Cuireann an beochan ar fheabhas seo beocht i Leabhar Cheanannais.
For Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019, we will show the Irish language version of Cartoon Saloon’s first feature. Young Brendan lives in the  medieval monastery of Kells under constant threat from raiders. When Aidan, a brilliant illuminator, tells him about the ancient quest for a jewel, Brendan starts a search which brings him in contact with mythical creatures, sinister Norsemen, and woodland spirits. This superb animation brings the story of The Book of Kells to life.


The Breadwinner
Jan 10 – 10.30 (rated 12A)
This beautiful hand-drawn animation from Kilkennybased Cartoon Saloon takes place in war-torn Afghanistan and focuses on the plight of 12-year old Parvana and her family. When the Taliban imprisons her father, Parvana must disguise herself as a boy in order to rescue him, taking inspiration from the heroic legends her father once told her. Combining richly-textured storytelling sequences with more traditionally hand-drawn characters, The Breadwinner is a masterclass in creating affecting characters with refined animation.
Workshop: National Gallery of Ireland (Jan 10) Visit the National Gallery of Ireland for a post screening workshop to explore the ways in which artists portray the human figure and the worlds in which they live. Workshop spaces are limited. Booking through IFI
Education on 01 679 5744 or schoools@irishfilm.ie
Also showing at Newbridge, Riverbank Arts Centre. Oct 17. 045 448 327.




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