Welcome to IFI Open Day 2016! Once again the IFI is opening its doors to you, the public, with a day jam-packed with free film screenings on Saturday July 2nd.

In addition to FREE sneak-previews, old favourites, cult classics and archive films throughout the day, you will also have the chance to glimpse behind the scenes at the IFI with talks from the IFI film archive staff on the amazing work they do and the opportunity to take a rare trip to our Projection Booth!

This year, make sure to follow our NEW IFI Open Day ticketing instructions: film tickets will be released an hour before each film’s scheduled screening time. Simply queue at the relevant desk in the IFI foyer to pick up your tickets (maximum two tickets per person per film) and then enjoy your free movie.

We’ll also be offering IFI Membership at a discounted rate throughout the day too, allowing you to avail of free cinema tickets, previews and discounts throughout the year, and we’ll have special gifts for IFI Friends.

Whether you are a regular visitor or it’s your first time through our front door, we welcome you to enjoy a wonderful film on one of our three big screens, grab a delicious bite in the IFI Café Bar, browse leisurely through our DVD collection in the IFI Film Shop, or simply linger over a good coffee in busy Temple Bar.

So come along and celebrate with us at the of film in Ireland – and all for free!


Film tickets will be released an hour before each film’s scheduled screening time. Simply queue at the relevant desk in the IFI Foyer to pick up your tickets (maximum two tickets per person per film, allocated on a first come, first served basis). 

Tickets will not be available online or by phone*

*With the exception of the Projection Tours, which can be booked in advance.


Tell your friends you’re coming, share your film reviews and show us your pics via #IFIOpenDay on Twitter and Instagram! Twitter (@IFI_Dub), Facebook (IrishFilmInstitute), Instagram (@IrishFilmInstitute).



White Heat (13.00)

One of the all-time great gangster films sees James Cagney in his most iconic role as the terrifyingly deranged gang leader Cody Jarrett, deeply attached to his equally criminal mother. While serving time, Jarrett is befriended by an undercover agent with an agenda of his own. With nods to film noir and the prison break genre, the film retains an electrifying power.

Film Info: 114 minutes, U.S.A., Black & White, 35mm

Director: Raoul Walsh


Amateur (13.30)

Isabelle Huppert stars as an ex-nun investigating less chaste lines of work in a role specially written for her by Hal Hartley (The Unbelievable Truth), one of American independent cinema’s key figures. She meets amnesiac Thomas (Hartley regular Martin Donovan), whose past is slowly revealed to be in dark contrast to his current agreeable persona in this entertaining and witty film.

Film Info: 105 minutes, U.S.A., U.K, France, 1994, 35mm

Director: Hal Hartley


Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Film (14.00)

Drawing together 24 scenes from the roughly 300 adaptations of the Bard’s work produced during the silent era. Play On! contains footage from 1899’s King John, the first Shakespeare film ever made and from 1924’s Romeo and Juliet, which is believed to include Sir John Gielgud’s first appearance on film. Other plays featured inculde King Lear and A Midsummernight’s Dream.

Film Info: 90 minutes, U.K., 1899-1940, Silent, Black & White, Digital

Directors: Various


Sweet Smell of Success (15.30)

The poisonous relationship between powerful, malicious gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) and sycophantic, needy press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) compromises everyone it touches in a film that contains an abundance of pleasures, with its superb writing, Elmer Bernstein’s moody score, and James Wong Howe’s magnificent cinematography, one of the most vivid depictions of New York ever committed to film.

Film Info: 96 minutes, U.S.A, 1957, Black & White, Digital

Director: Alexander Mackendrick


Disco Pigs (15.45)

Imaginative, shocking and wholly unlike any coming-of-age narrative Ireland had seen before, Disco Pigs (adapted from Enda Walsh’s play) is the story of inseperable teenagers Runt (Elaine Cassidy) and Pig (Cillian Murphy) who, on the eve of their 17th birthdays, face the collapse of their friendship as maturity and sexual desire begin to encroach on their private world.

Film Info: 93 minutes, Ireland, 35 mm

Director: Kirsten Sheridan


Preview: The Clan (El Clan) (16.00) 

Following the fall of the Galtieri regime in ‘80s Argentina, cold-eyed former intelligence operative Arquímedes Puccio enlists the complicity of his family, particularly son Alejandro, in turning to kidnapping as a source of income. Based on actual events, and winner of the Silver Lion at Venice, the new film from Pablo Trapero (Carancho, 2010) is an intelligent, gripping, and complex thriller.

108 minutes, Argentina-Spain, 2015, Subtitled, Digital

Director: Paulo Trapero


King Kong (17.45)

Beauty meets the ultimate beast when penniless actress Ann Darrow (Fay Wray, one of the first “scream queens”) joins a filmmaking expedition to Skull Island, said to be the home to the mythical Kong. With ground-breaking special effects and one of cinema’s most famous climaxes, the film still has the power to thrill audiences, and create sympathy for the melancholy Kong.

Film Info: 103 minutes, U.S.A., 1933, Black & White, 35mm

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack


Preview: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (18.00)

Director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, 2014) returns with this charming, very funny story of rebellious city kid Ricky (Julian Dennison), sent by Social Services to live on an isolated farm. When he runs away and is chased by foster father Hec (Sam Neill), a manhunt begins after police mistakenly believe Hec to have abducted the boy.

Film Info: 101 minutes, New Zealand, 2016, Digital

Director: Taika Waititi


The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan) (18.20)

One of Ingmar Bergman’s most controversial films, The Virgin Spring takes its inspiration from a medieval ballad in recounting the tale of a father (Max von Sydow) who takes violent revenge against the men who raped and murdered his daughter. Examining themes of morality and justice, it won the director his first Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Film Info: 89 minutes, Sweden, 1960, Subtitled Black & White, 16mm

Director: Ingmar Bergmann


Preview: The Neon Demon (20.00) 

When aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles in search of her big break, she is quickly spotted by a designer who sees in her his next muse. However, the cut-throat world of fashion becomes literally that when Jesse becomes the object of envy to a group of beauty-obsessed women in Nicolas Winding Refn’s extremely stylish horror thriller.

(Cert. 18+)

Film Info: 117 minutes, U.S.A.-France-Denmark, 2016, Digital

Director: Nicolas Winding-Refn


Audience Choice: Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (20.15)

IFI Staff have once again chosen their ten favourite films to have been released since last year’s IFI Open Day, and we invite our audience to select a winner from this list for screening at this year’s event.

Voting is now closed and the winner has been announced as Me, Earl and the Dying Girl.

You can see the shortlist here: http://www.ifi.ie/audience-choice-2016

The winning film will be announced on www.ifi.ie in the days before July 2nd, so if you want to catch it on the big screen for free, this is your chance!


Phantom of the Paradise (20.30)

Taking elements from The Phantom of the Opera, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Faust, and with an Oscar-nominated soundtrack, this, one of Brian De Palma’s most underrated films, sees Winslow, a young musician, betrayed and his life destroyed by unscrupulous producer Swan. As Winslow seeks revenge, matters are complicated by the arrival of Phoenix, a beautiful new talent.

Film Info: 92 mins, U.S.A., 1974, Digitial

Director: Brian De Palma


The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (22.30)

Drag queens Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce are accompanied across the Australian Outback by transgender woman Bernadette (Terence Stamp) as they make their way to a resort for a professional engagement. On their journey, they encounter a variety of characters both friendly and hostile, including Bob, who grows close to Bernadette. A modern classic that is endearing and touching.

Film Info: 99 minutes, Australia, 1994, Digital

Director: Stephan Elliot


Repo Man (22.45)

Bored punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) falls in with jaded Bud (Harry Dean Stanton), repossessing cars from owners who can no longer afford them. A $20,000 bounty on one car in particular leads to a chase involving rival punks, scientists, government agents, aliens, and a televangelist in Alex Cox’s unconventional and original cult classic, filled with sly wit and memorable dialogue.

Film Info: 92 mins, U.S.A., 1984, Blu-ray

Director: Alex Cox



Find out what goes behind the scenes at the IFI:

Meet Our Archivists…

Throughout the day the IFI Irish Film Archive staff will be hand to tell you all about the amazing work that goes on behind the scenes at the IFI in order to preserve Ireland’s moving image heritage.

At our “Ask an Archivist” desk in the foyer, you can learn about different film stocks and even get to view and handle film yourself! Stroll through to the Tiernan McBride Library where members of our Archive team will be giving talks about some of the fascinating film projects they are currently working on.

Projection Booth Tours…

Ever wondered what goes on behind that little window at the back of the cinema? Take a trip over to our Projection Booth and check out the inner workings of this busy department. As the only cinema in Ireland that can show 70mm (and still shows 16mm and 35mm film as well as a range of digital formats), it’s a rare chance to witness the highly specialised environment not to mention a treat for nostalgia fans!

Please Note: Tour times are 14.00, 15.00, 16.30 and 17.00. Places are limited – pre-book your tickets by emailing Sharon Corrigan (scorrigan@irishfilm.ie) or by calling 01 679 5744.

BAI Archiving Project: Irish Television Advertising Talks

The IFI Irish Film Archive is currently engaged in a major project of Irish Television advertisements as part of the BAI Archiving scheme. Find out more on our Open Day Blog and come to our talks on Open Day in the Tiernan MacBride Library at 14.00 or 16.00. Max. 20 per talk. First-come-first-served.



Don’t miss out – enter our “Fiver a Foot” competition and guess the length of film in our film can and you can win a Premiere Friend membership for a year! And if you renew as an IFI Member or Friend on IFI Open Day you’ll receive generous discounts and prizes.

IFI International Competition – Win Flights to Johannesburg with Air France!

To celebrate IFI International, which curates and supports Irish film programmes for over 100 festivals and cultural organisations in 50 countries each year we are giving away a pair of return flights to Johannesburg for one lucky winner on IFI Open Day (Saturday 2nd July), courtesy of Air France.

To enter, either come in to the IFI International desk during Open Day or enter online here (between 10am and 8pm on 2nd July only).


And lots more!

In between picking up your film tickets, why not relax over a coffee at the IFI Café Bar, enjoy a beer on the terrace, or have a browse in the IFI Film Shop? Ticket holders can take advantage of discounts on tea and coffee, and everyone is welcome to a delicious BBQ on our terrace from 16.00.


Take advantage of our IFI Open Day Offer and become an IFI Member for less! IFI Membership gives you free film tickets, up to 24% discount on tickets for you and a guest, plus more great benefits all year round.

Special Offer:

€30 (instead of €35) for annual IFI Membership

€15 (instead of €20) for IFI Concession Membership*

*concession for unwaged, student, or seniors. I.D Required.

IFI Friends Special Gift

Join as an IFI Premiere Friend TODAY for just €120 a year (€10 per month) and receive a special gift of The Irish Filmography by Kevin Rockett and the eight-set Irish film poster series published for the centenary of cinema in Ireland! If you’d like to join at higher IFI Friends’ levels, we will gift an IFI Membership for you to give to the person of your choice! For further details, please enquire at the desk in the IFI Foyer.

Find details of our other Friends levels here: IFI Friends

IFI Friends and Members help support all aspects of the IFI’s unique work, from preserving Ireland’s precious moving image heritage to engaging young people through our national education programme.

  • €100 enables us to re-house one can of fragile film in our Archive
  • €50 provides a free workshop place in school
  • €25 covers headphones for audiences with hearing impairments

Join now at the IFI or online at www.ifi.ie and be part of the home of film in Ireland.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our IFI Members and Friends who generously support the IFI’s activities all year round. Wishing you all a wonderful IFI Open Day!

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