IFI is proud to once again partner with the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. This year’s programme includes two films made under the Arts Council’s Reel Art scheme, an influential programme designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative documentaries. This year’s slate will also feature the work of famed Irish-American art director Cedric Gibbons and a practical Careers in Film Day.
Ida Lupino (1918-1995) began her career in film in acting. Discovered by Paramount, the studio described her as “the English Jean Harlow”, though she self-deprecatingly referred to herself as “the poor man’s Bette Davis”.
Despite highs such as starring with Humphrey Bogart in Raoul Walsh’s High Sierra (1941), the fiercely independent-minded Lupino never fully fit into the studio system. Instead, she co-established The Filmmakers, an independent production company that afforded her the opportunity to write, produce, and direct films that focused on social issues, primarily those affecting women, believing that for Hollywood to continue its success, “there must be experimentation with out-of-the-way film subjects”.
The quality of her work led to Lupino being only the second woman (after Dorothy Arzner) admitted to the Directors Guild of America. Lupino was a trailblazer, described by Martin Scorsese as “a woman of extraordinary talents,” whose films “represent a singular achievement in American cinema”.
This season runs from March 7th to 25th 2018 at the Irish Film Institute.
Introduction and film notes by Kevin Coyne
For its second edition, the East Asia Film Festival Ireland presents four days of compelling films from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, and is honoured to welcome the great Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing, long-time collaborator of Hou Hsiao-Hsien and other masters of cinema.
The festival offers rare screenings of five films spanning Mark Lee's career: In the Mood for Love (2000); Springtime in a Small Town (2002); Three Times (2005); a documentary portrait of Mark Lee, Let the Wind Carry Me (2010); Mark Lee’s latest work, Seventy-Seven Days (2017); and a Masterclass on Saturday 7th.
The festival also includes Irish premières of two new features by Hong Sang-Soo’s On the Beach at Night Alone and Claire’s Camera, the multi-awarded The Great Buddha+, the latest family saga by Eric Khoo, Ramen Shop, Ai Weiwei's migration crisis film, Human Flow, and a selection of animation short films.
The festival would like to thank the Arts Council, Dublin City Council, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Irish Film Institute, Screen Training Ireland, the Conrad Hotel, and all our sponsors and partners for their invaluable support.
A FANTASTIC WOMAN
MORVERN CALLAR (BIGGER PICTURE)
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council