Age recommendation: 13+
From the director who brought you Twilight: New Moon and About a Boy comes this touching and emotional story about the relationship between a father and his son.
Carlos is an undocumented Mexican immigrant living in Los... Read More
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At a time when mainstream animation has become increasingly homogenised through reliance on CGI, it’s a real treat to see old-school, hand-drawn 2D animation on the big screen. Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s A Cat in Paris,... Read More
The IFI and Stepping Stone present, in partnership with the Homeless Film Festival 2012, a screening of Adam & Paul, the tender tale of a pair of Dublin’s most marginalised sons.
The Homeless Film Festival is a celebration of the positive works that... Read More
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We present two advertising films masquerading as travelogues which were made to promote sales of... Read More
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey’s remarkable political life is recounted in Lelia Doolan’s documentary which combines archive footage with intimate interviews conducted with its subject over the last ten years. Reflecting on McAliskey’s swift and astonishing rise to prominence through the Civil... Read More
In a world where loss is all around us, a young man has everything to gain – that’s the dramatic crux of this restrained but resonant directorial debut for esteemed Austrian actor Karl Markovics. He starred in... Read More
Long recognised as one of cinema’s great directors, and the subject of a selective retrospective in this programme, Carl Dreyer’s high reputation is well deserved but some of his work is rarely seen and has led to a distorted view... Read More
Boasting wonderful footage of Dreyer and quotations from his writings on the aesthetics of cinema, this look at the life, ideas and extraordinary achievements of a maestro renowned for his modesty and for his quiet strength of will also features... Read More
American cinema’s most urbane talent, writer-director Whit Stillman returns from a 13-year hiatus with this delightful fable of campus lives and loves. As new arrival Lily (Analeigh Tipton, from TV reality show America’s Next Top Model!) faces the challenge of... Read More
Stylistically, this deeply moving tale of illicit passion and the persecution of witches in 17th century Denmark may be Dreyer’s most conventional sound film; nevertheless, for the stark beauty of its imagery, its meticulously measured rhythms and its lead performance,... Read More
At first sight, Delicacy seems to be a standard French romantic comedy. Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) and François (Pio Marmaï) are a beautiful couple blissfully in love in a picture-perfect Paris and with a fairy-tale life ahead of them. However, when... Read More
Our March evening course on the history of animation leads us to this day-long event focussing on Irish animation. The day will comprise screenings, panel discussions, meeting the animators and new work.
11.00: A Special Programme of Shorts curated by animator... Read More
Juliette Binoche delivers another mesmerising performance as a Parisian journalist whose research into student prostitution destabilises her bourgeois domesticity. Installed in a fabulous Paris apartment, Binoche is a wife and mother with a fulfilling job writing for Elle magazine, yet... Read More
This month’s Fright Night revisits Sam Raimi’s classic debut, one of the best and most popular horror films ever made. Equal parts comedy and over-the-top gore, the film’s plot is simplicity itself; to borrow the official synopsis for last month’s... Read More
Though its Paris premiere provided a hostile reception, Dreyer’s final feature was soon recognised as another masterpiece, a coolly stylised study of a proud and passionate married woman loved – but, she insists, not nearly enough – by four different... Read More
This adaptation of Norwegian Jo Nesbø’s million-selling novel delivers Nordic Noir with a vengeance. A corporate recruitment specialist named Roger Brown is slightly ginger, not that tall, and living a luxury lifestyle he can’t afford – so he moonlights as... Read More
One of Walt Disney’s best-loved films, rumoured to be up for a re-make, is showing here for IFI Family following a very popular screening during our recent evening course on animation. Based on an original book by Italian Carlo Collodi,... Read More
There will be a preview screening and Q&A with Werner Herzog via satellite on March 27th at 18.20.
Ireland on Sunday is our monthly showcase for new Irish Film.
Desmond Bell’s dramatisation of the life of Frank Ryan (1902–1944) provides a sympathetic but searching portrait of a politically complex figure. Ryan, an IRA activist in Ireland, International Brigade Volunteer... Read More
In 2011, hit Irish film The Guard became the most successful independent Irish film ever, reaching number three in the year’s overall box office. The success of the film confirms that Irish audiences will go to see Irish films, and... Read More
Newly restored for its 75th anniversary, Jean Renoir’s WWI drama is both the grand-daddy of all prison escape movies and a profoundly affecting portrait of just how decent people can be to each other . . .in the right circumstances.
A change of scenery from Helsinki to the French coast has helped Aki Kaurismäki deliver an urban fairy-tale that’s one of his most cherishable films to date. The characteristically retro art direction and Kaurismäki’s old-school craftsmanship recall Hollywood’s golden age,... Read More
This account of anti-Semitic pogroms in 1905 Russia is, atypically for Dreyer, in the epic register, boasting a complex, condensed narrative packed with subplots and impressive both for its turbulent crowd scenes and for its use of well-chosen extras. Though... Read More
Just over three decades on from his untimely demise, the global popularity of reggae icon Bob Marley remains undimmed. While the rebel songs and dreadlocked image are part of our cultural consciousness however, the man’s life story is rather less... Read More
Remarkable for its three leads (the director of Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages, Benjamin Christensen, and the barely recognisable future stars of Lifeboat and La Règle du jeu) and its near-explicit treatment of homosexual desire, this account of a love... Read More
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The IFI’s Monthly Must-See Cinema is a series of feature films from the IFI Irish Film Archive that were made in and about Ireland, showcasing highlights from Irish cinema.
Home is the Hero, adapted from Walter... Read More
This fascinating historical drama takes us on the road with the Mozart family in the 1760s, as ambitious father Léopold (Marc Barbé) hauls his child prodigy Wolfie (master David Moreau) round the courts of Europe, performing in... Read More
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Though, sadly, not all of this charming fable survives, the Danish Film Institute’s restoration, making clever use of stills and titles to fill gaps in the narrative, lets us enjoy Dreyer’s expertise in composition, lighting and visual textures. It begins... Read More
Re-released to coincide with a season of the director’s films, for many this adaptation of Kaj Munk’s play about tensions within a Jutland farming family is the very greatest of all Carl Dreyer’s masterpieces.
Old Morten Borgen fears God has... Read More
Shot during a Norwegian summer, this romantic drama – about a wealthy farmer’s daughter falling in love with a poor farmer’s son, despite having been promised to a rich suitor she dislikes – includes room for comedy and action (most... Read More
The IFI’s free monthly film club, The Critical Take, celebrates its one year anniversary this month! On April 25th at 18.40, our panel (including actress and presenter Carrie Crowley, film critic John Maguire and Chairperson of the IFI Eve-Anne Cullinan) will discuss... Read More
As part of Dublin: One City, One Book and continuing our collaboration with Dublin City Public Libraries, we present John Huston’s The Dead on April 21st at 16.15. Adapted from the final story in the Dubliners collection, the film is... Read More
Back by popular demand, this Golden Globe-winning drama is based on the book club favourite and best-selling debut novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960s, it chronicles the relationship between three diff erent and extraordinary women who build an... Read More
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s latest infuses its seemingly everyday drama with heart-catching emotion and moral substance. Eleven-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret) is in a care home and absolutely intent on escaping to be reunited with his errant dad and the shiny... Read More
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A classic of Gothic literature, Matthew Gregory Lewis’ 1796 shocker The Monk was the first to depict a villainous priest as the central character. Although Luis Buñuel was stymied in his efforts to film it, he would... Read More
Dreyer’s third feature and first great film is a lovely comedy of manners set in 17th-century rural Norway. It charts the intrigue that arises when a young curate awarded a living at a parsonage finds himself also having to wed... Read More
This film will have live musical accompaniment.
Basing his script primarily on the records of Joan’s trial, but condensing events so that the film covers only the final day of her life, with La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, his last... Read More
Fans of Aardman will not be disappointed in this latest feature from the studio that brought us Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and more. A pirate adventure this time, with voices of Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Salma Hayek, Imelda Staunton,... Read More
This is a wonderful animation from Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon in which adventure, action and danger greet 12-year-old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells.
Brendan has to... Read More
To celebrate Ireland’s recent Oscar victory, we will be screening The Shore every Sunday throughout April at 13.10. The screenings are free and a great opportunity to see this beautiful story of hope and reconciliation on the big screen. Directed... Read More
Presented in collaboration with Project Arts Centre, on the occasion of the exhibition A MacGuffin and Some Other Things (April 13th to June 16th) curated by Vaari Claffey, the IFI presents five screenings of This is Going to Take More Than One Night; directed... Read More
In December 2010, Jafar Panahi, one of the most internationally acclaimed of Iranian directors (The Circle, Offside), was handed a sentence of six years imprisonment and a 20-year ban on filmmaking activities for alleged crimes that included... Read More
Among the most significant new filmmakers to emerge on the global stage in the past decade, Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo) matches a strikingly absurdist visual language with a fondness for off-kilter, morally troubling subject matter. The challenge of tackling... Read More
Just out of college and miserably single, the 20-something heroine of Lena Dunham’s wry first feature is what you’d call a work in progress. Moving back home to upscale Manhattan however, where mum’s a successful artist – her photos of... Read More
When ten-year-old Laure and her family move house, Laure decides to rename herself Michael. Her new neighbours believe she is a boy, but will she be able to keep up the pretence? This is a complex coming-of-age story about feeling... Read More
Vampyr is even more experimental than its predecessor, since the camerawork, cutting, sound, dialogue and overall narrative seem intended to render everything not only profoundly unsettling but ultimately inexplicable. The protagonist’s experiences at a sinister château (the story is based... Read More
Wild Strawberries is our bimonthly film club for the over 55s.
Fresh from Oscar and Bafta successes (for Octavia Spencer as Best Supporting Actress) comes this drama based on the book-club favourite by Katherine Stockett. Set in 1960s’ Mississippi, when... Read More
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: SHALL WE DANCE?
13.10, 18.30, 20.50
CONTEMPT | LE MÉPRIS
PAUL NEWMAN: THE HUSTLER
THELMA & LOUISE
13.20 (OC), 18.10, 20.40
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