This month, the IFI French Film Festival returns for its 18th edition, bigger and better than ever! Offering a massive 42 screenings, the festival is the largest celebration of French culture in the country. Alongside the festival, November sees a host of new releases and special events coming to the IFI throughout the month.
While the IFI French Film Festival showcases the finest new French films, the Bigger Picture is bringing back Jean Renoir’s La Règle du jeu for a 35mm presentation on Tuesday 21st at 18.30. Also known by its English title, The Rules of the Game, this is the only film to have appeared in the top ten of every edition of Sight and Sound’s decennial list of the greatest films ever made. The screening will be introduced by Paul Whitington, film critic and columnist for The Irish Independent. Wild Strawberries, our monthly screenings for the over 55s, is also keeping everything à la française with two screenings of François Ozon’s Potiche on Friday 24th and Wednesday 29th.
One of the highlights of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, opens on Friday 3rd. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, Dogtooth) and starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and our own Barry Keoghan, this bizarre and thrilling tale is not to be missed. The IFI Film Club will host a discussion following the 18.10 screening on Monday 13th.
Two classic films return to the big screen this month: William Friedkin’s Sorcerer opens on Friday 3rd following a wonderful reception at September’s IFI Open Day, and one of the greatest films noirs, Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place, opens on Friday 24th offering audiences the chance to see Humphrey Bogart in one of his finest performances.
On November 12th, the IFI and Joseph Conrad Festival present a screening of The Shadow Line in association with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. The work of Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, better known as Joseph Conrad, has provided inspiration for numerous filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock (Sabotage, 1936), Ridley Scott (The Duellists, 1977), and Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now, 1979). His countryman Andrzej Wajda, one of Poland’s greatest directors, turned to Conrad’s novella for this film about the troubles faced by a youthful captain on his first voyage in command.
Each month the IFI’s Irish Focus showcases the finest in Irish talent. November’s screening of In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America is presented in association with the Temple Bar Festival of Politics. This documentary tells the story of the extraordinary work of Nobel Prize winner John Hume to secure peace in Ireland. Narrated by Liam Neeson and scored by Bill Whelan (Riverdance), this feature-length documentary includes interviews with President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, US Senators and Congressmen, as well as Irish leaders, and British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major. At a time of political instability, this is a timely film examining steady leadership and international co-operation. The film will show on Saturday 25th at 16.00.
Condemned to Remember opens at the IFI on Friday 3rd. This powerful and emotional documentary follows Bergen-Belsen survivor Tomi Reichental as he embarks on a lifelong quest to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive so that its horrors will never be repeated. There will be a Q&A with director Gerry Gregg, Tomi Reichental and Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri following the 18.20 screening on Friday 3rd. Another documentary opening in November is Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned, a documentary exploring the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre in which six Catholic men were shot in a bar as they watched Ireland play in the World Cup. Producer Trevor Birney will take part in a Q&A following the 18.10 screening on November 10th.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its release, I Went Down is this month’s From the Vaults screening. Directed by Paddy Breathnach, this violent crime caper/buddy flick/road movie sees two luckless criminals Git (Peter McDonald) and Bunny (Brendan Gleeson) make their way from Dublin to Cork to fetch a gangland leader in return for a favour owed to mobster Tom French (Tony Doyle). This screening will be introduced by Breathnach on Monday 6th at 18.30.
Feast Your Eyes is the IFI’s hugely popular monthly strand pairing of a new release and a specially devised main course in the IFI Café Bar. This month’s event takes place on Tuesday 28th at 18.30 and features Benny and Josh Safdie’s Good Time. Robert Pattinson is Connie, a small-time criminal on a frantic odyssey to break his brother out of custody after taking him out of a therapy session to rob a bank. Good Time injects a shot of kinetic energy into a familiar tale of a heist gone awry. Tickets: €20.00.
Not forgetting our host of new releases opening in November including The Florida Project, No Stone Unturned and Jane, our monthly Mystery Matinee, our regular Archive at Lunchtime screenings, and IFI Family!
Tickets for these events are on sale now from the IFI Box Office on (01) 6793477 and from www.ifi.ie.
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