A fascinating but little-known corner of the Enlightenment is brought to vivid life with this complex and engrossing historical drama from Denmark. Who knew that the Danes had their own revolutionary moment in the early 1770s, before the French and... Read More
Panel discussions with leading Ford experts and film scholars, including Gaylyn Studlar, Kevin Rockett, Luke Gibbons, Charles Barr and Waylon White Deer. Topics will include John Ford and Ireland, and Ethnicity, Immigration and the American Dream (see www.johnfordireland.org for more... Read More
Join us for free screenings from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your tickets at the IFI Box Office when visiting.
Continuing our annual Bloomsday celebration, we present an array of short films inspired by the work of James... Read More
This film will be preceded by a screening of Anderson’s original 13-minute short.
Producer James L. Brooks was sufficiently impressed by Wes Anderson’s 13-minute short film Bottle Rocket (showing here before the feature) to convince a Hollywood studio (Columbia) to... Read More
Hot on the heels of A Dangerous Method, his period piece about the early days of psychoanalysis and another of his explorations of the mind/body schism, David Cronenberg delivers his vision of Don DeLillo’s novel Cosmopolis. Although it met with... Read More
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Todd Solondz’s latest once again ponders the emotional lives of suburbia’s socially marginalised, in this instance Abe (Jordan Gelber), an overweight, 30-something man-child who still lives with his parents, tends his action-figure collection, and has seemingly... Read More
In 1971 critic and aspiring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich made the documentary Directed by John Ford, including candid interviews with John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda and Ford himself. In 2006 Bogdanovich revised the documentary and included contemporary interviews with Martin... Read More
When Wes Anderson announced his plans to turn Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel into an animated feature, few anticipated how perfectly the results would fit into his unique oeuvre. Fantastic Mr. Fox is Rushmore with furry animals.
Anderson’s faithful yet... Read More
The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) welcomes leading filmmakers Jim Sheridan, John Boorman, Thaddeus O’Sullivan and Brian Kirk will screen scenes from their favourite Ford films, discussing Ford’s influence, as well as resonances with their own work, giving audiences... Read More
The first film in the iconic cavalry trilogy, Fort Apache is one of Ford’s most celebrated Westerns. Loosely based on Custer’s Last Stand, Fort Apache stars John Wayne and Henry Fonda as two ideologically opposed officers, whose antagonism could have... Read More
After the entertaining but lightweight The Shamrock Handicap, Hangman’s House is a revelation, one of the great late silent films to rank alongside the finest work of Victor Sjöström, Alfred Hitchcock and F. W. Murnau. Its dreamy landscapes and sinuous... Read More
Hell on Wheels is the powerful new Western television series that reinvigorates the genre Ford helped create. Centring on the building of the Transcontinental – a subject Ford charted in his epic The Iron Horse – the show, which has taken the U.S. by storm, stars Colm Meaney and Dominique McElligott. (90 minutes, USA, 2011.)
Writer-director Sion Sono was in pre-production on a story of troubled youth when the tsunami struck eastern Japan. Yet Sono decided to shoot the film in the midst of a devastated Ibaraki prefecture, since its subject... Read More
One of the most original animations this year is this story of projectionist Emile, his driver friend Raoul, a singer Lucille (voiced by Vanessa Paradis) and the monster, Francoeur, let loose on the city of Paris. There’s also a singing... Read More
Ireland on Sunday is our monthly showcase for new Irish film.
Wonder House is a meditative, mesmerising journey through rooms full of exciting ideas and striking visual concepts. This debut film from London-based Irish filmmaker Oonagh Kearney is an experimental... Read More
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Winner of the Camera d’Or for best first feature at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and the closing film of last November’s IFI French Film Festival, Jeune Femme is the story of... Read More
Released to coincide with the 60th anniversary of John Ford’s deeply cherished The Quiet Man, Sé Merry Doyle’s engaging and humorous documentary offers timely perspective on the film’s idealised vision of Ireland, the famed director’s personal and political motivations for... Read More
Getting together with Pulitzer-winning playwright Tracy Letts has rejuvenated director William Friedkin, and four decades on from The French Connection and The Exorcist, his adaptation of Letts’ startling 1993 debut simply buzzes with energy. This sulphuric cocktail of Jim Thompson... Read More
In collaboration with UCD Film Studies, the IFI is delighted to welcome highly influential film theorist and academic Laura Mulvey to present a rare screening of Max Ophuls’ La Signora di Tutti (1934) on June 17th at 14.00. Professor Mulvey,... Read More
In collaboration with the Alliance Française on the 7th edition of their Let’s French . . . music festival, the IFI presents two films which merge the past and present to striking effect.
A chance encounter with an elderly salesman... Read More
Due to unforeseen circumstances the IFI will regretfully not be showing Le Voyage dans la lune as advertised. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
In collaboration with the Alliance Française on the 7th edition of their Let’s French . .... Read More
IFI’s Monthly Must-See Cinema showcases highlights from the Irish cinema canon which are now preserved in the IFI Irish film Archive.
Our Must-See choice this month is something of an oddity: an American film with a screen play by Mary... Read More
Selected to open this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Wes Anderson’s seventh feature sees him return to live-action (following Fantastic Mr. Fox) with an obvious glee that helps make Moonrise Kingdom the director’s definitive film to date. All of the distinctive characteristics... Read More
There will be Open Captioned (OC) screenings at 16.00 on Friday 25th and 18.15 on Tuesday 29th.
Ian McEwan’s celebrated novella of newlyweds Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle) is sensitively brought to the screen by director Dominic Cooke.... Read More
Patience (After Sebald) is a film essay inspired by the revered German writer and ‘pyscho-geographer’ W.G. Sebald and made by acclaimed music documentary filmmaker Grant Gee.
The film follows in the footsteps of Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, a physical and... Read More
Celebrated writer-director Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show), one of the leading figures of New Hollywood, became a close acquaintance of John Ford, making the documentary Directed by John Ford in 1971. This public interview will be a special chance to... Read More
Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes last year, this compellingly immersive procedural following the Paris police’s child protection unit marks a career breakthrough for actress turned writer-director Maïwenn. With some of her country’s best character... Read More
Dublin premiere of this superb documentary by Irish director Sé Merry Doyle exploring the making of The Quiet Man and features Maureen O’Hara, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Jim Sheridan; narrated by Gabriel Byrne with original home-movie footage of the cast... Read More
Sofia Coppola might have directed him to an Oscar nomination for Lost in Translation but Wes Anderson kick-started Bill Murray’s career renaissance – call it Murray’s ‘blue period’ – with this seminal school comedy of ill manners.
Here, Anderson and... Read More
The Critical Take, the IFI’s free monthly film discussion, will next take place on Monday June 25th at 18.40, and the films we’ll focus on will be The Turin Horse (screening June 1st – 14th), The Dead (June 15th –... Read More
Ken Loach delivers the most flat-out entertaining movie of his entire career with this absolute charmer about a bunch of Glaswegian ne’er-do-wells whose conversion to the delights of single malt whisky could prove their unlikely salvation. Newcomer Paul Brannigan is... Read More
Billy Wilder’s restored and re-released classic of 1960 is about a junior clerk (Jack Lemmon) who innocently lends his Manhattan apartment to a friend for an evening and then finds his superiors promising promotion if they can use it for... Read More
This film will be preceded by a screening of the Anderson’s short, Hotel Chevalier.
“I want to try not to repeat myself,” Wes Anderson once said, “but then I seem to do it continuously in my films.” Anderson’s world tour... Read More
John Huston’s magisterial adaptation of the James Joyce story is re-released to coincide with Bloomsday. Always the most literary and philosophical of the great Hollywood directors, Huston used the tale to furnish a portrait of his artistry as an old... Read More
With this brilliant 1972 comedy of manners and malice, director Luis Buñuel’s surrealism moved into a second phase. He is no longer endeavouring overtly to shock the bourgeoisie (which merely provokes outraged rejection): he is poisoning their food. The plot... Read More
The Informer won Oscars for best direction, script (Dudley Nichols), music (Max Steiner) and acting (Victor McLaglen); it used to be celebrated as Ford’s finest work for its status as a Hollywood art film, creating an all-studio Dublin at RKO... Read More
The Irish Film & Television Academy welcomes Joseph McBride, the author of Searching for John Ford, the biography that Martin Scorsese described as a “treasure”. In this opening lecture McBride will chart the Irish American’s career from camera assistant to... Read More
Following the critical and commercial success of The Royal Tenenbaums, Anderson went for broke with this elaborate fantasia, an epic tale of adventure on the high seas, lensed in a variety of exotic Italian locations.
Bill Murray utilises his patented... Read More
Contrary to myth, Ford had not asked Sean O’Casey to script The Informer; that request had come years earlier from the British company BIP, who made an early-sound version of the story at Elstree studios at the same time that... Read More
What would The Quiet Man have looked like if Ford had managed to film Maurice Walsh’s story in the 1930s, when he bought the rights? Presumably there would be no colour, little if any location-work, no Wayne or O’Hara, and... Read More
Every once in a blue moon comes an action movie that reinvigorates the genre, raising the bar for the next generation of contenders: Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans’ breathless and bloody contender, lensed in Jakarta, is that film, and one of... Read More
Inspired by author J.D. Salinger’s tales of the Glass family, Wes Anderson’s dramatic comedy about a dysfunctional family of troubled geniuses remains for many his crowning achievement to date.
A gleefully larger-than-life Gene Hackman excels as disruptive paterfamilias Royal Tenenbaum,... Read More
Already in his first big production, 1924’s The Iron Horse, Ford had foregrounded the role of Irish immigrants in constructing the trans-continental railway. His main Irishman there was played by J. Farrell Macdonald, whose prolific career playing Irishmen in Ford... Read More
Having given us the mesmerising Sátántangó and The Werckmeister Harmonies, Hungarian art-house maestro Béla Tarr has proclaimed this as his last film, and it’s difficult to see where else he could go after this elemental drama.... Read More
Long considered among Ford’s lost classics, IFTA is proud to present Upstream, recently rediscovered and restored in New Zealand. Screening for only the second time in Europe, this charming vaudeville comedy gem will premiere at the John Ford Ireland Film... Read More
Wild Strawberries is our bimonthly film club for the over 55s.
One might wonder what studio executive thought up the idea of bringing together three of Hollywood’s top comic actors in a film about bird watching, but then The Big... Read More
Granted unprecedented access to Woody Allen and his collaborators, this affectionate portrait captures the scale of his achievement while investigating the inner workings that sustain this most prolific of modern masters.
A wealth of amazing archive material unearths Allen’s early... Read More
Building on the smartly observed comedy of embarrassment in her previous film Humpday, writer-director Lynn Shelton returns with this even more assured three-hander, combining improv-derived character insight with the escalating complications of the best romantic comedies.
Jack (filmmaker and sometime... Read More
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