A fad in Europe way back in the 1960s, the portmanteau film makes a comeback with this slickly assembled collection of shorts set in Havana over the course of a week.
There’s a film for each day, beginning with actor-turned-director... Read More
July’s Afternoon Talk at the IFI will complement the screening of Willy Reilly and His Colleen Bawn presented with Bernard Reilly’s original score which takes place two days later at the National Concert Hall (see link for more). Made in 1919... Read More
Everything is about to change for Alfie when we meet him on the moon-lit eve of his seventh birthday. Realising that he’s suddenly covered in fur, he finds that as a werewolf he can get up to all kinds of adventures... Read More
A reconstruction of the life of the woman usually described as Robert Emmet’s housekeeper, and again starring Bríd Brennan, Anne Devlin reflects another objective of the feminist movement; that of the retrieval of forgotten women’s voices from history. Here Anne... Read More
Join us for FREE daily screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive in July (please see calendar for programme times). Simply collect your free tickets at the IFI Box Office.
DOWN ON THE FARM
PROGRAMME 1: IRISH CHILDREN: RURAL... Read More
PROGRAMME 2: AMHARC ÉIREANN: ÉAGRAN 33... 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
This screening will be accompanied by a 4-minute film, Me the Seagull and the Sky.
Barely seen since its 1980 release, this welcome return for Bertrand Tavernier’s dystopian English-language sci-fi drama reveals a fascinating movie worthy of the description ‘visionary’.... Read More
The latest provocation from maverick photographer, musician and filmmaker Tony Kaye, Detachment is an incendiary American high-school drama that makes Kaye’s earlier American History X seem almost light-hearted by comparison.
In his best performance since his Oscar-winning turn in Polanski’s... Read More
Did you know that The Octonauts, Ballybraddan, Roy and other animated TV series are made here in Ireland? Would you like to watch them on the big screen, meet some of the animators, see some of the original artwork? Then follow our... Read More
Four Horsemen, an insightful documentary from first-time filmmaker Ross Ashcroft, will screen on July 16th with the director in attendance. The film is divided into four chapters, each detailing what the filmmaker believes is a key factor in causing the... Read More
To mark the final Friday 13th of the year, we are delighted to present Wes Craven’s modern classic. Ignoring the diminishing returns of the numerous sequels, the original remains a well-crafted slasher with a brilliant premise and a genuinely scary... Read More
It’s a tribute to Kristin Scott Thomas that instead of plying her trade in middle-of-the-road British prestige dramas, she’s continued to gravitate towards rather edgier French fare, this probing character study being a case in point. When we first meet... Read More
Ireland on Sunday is our monthly showcase for new Irish Film.
Off The Beaten Track, directed by Romanian-born and now Galway-based Dieter Auner, chronicles a world untouched for centuries and struggling with profound change. Since joining the EU, Romanians are free... Read More
10-year-old Jojo lives alone with his father, a night watchman. His mother is said to be a country singer touring the US but because his dad won’t tell him anything more, Jojo’s left on his own to worry. When a... 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 Nelson, New Zealand, the highlight of the summer is the trolley derby or go-cart race to us on this side of the world! 12-year-old Ben wants more than anything the win the race and beat the class bully Shannon. ... Read More
Pat Murphy’s first and most experimental feature film was informed by feminist debates on the objectification of women and by the unresolved questions of the relationship between feminism and nationalism, and between history and myth. Set during the Troubles, the... Read More
The IFI’s Monthly Must-See cinema showcases highlights from the IFI Irish Film Archive collections.
This month’s title comes from the collection of London-born Wicklow-man John Boorman, a collection which we are honoured to preserve in the climate-controlled vaults of the IFI... Read More
Premiere of new animation feature from Schesch Filmkreation and Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon. Co-produced by Le Pacte.
Moon Man is adapted from the worldwide best-seller by Tomi Ungerer. If only Moon Man knew just how much children loved him! But he’s... Read More
Another historical reconstruction, Nora is concerned with the relationship between Nora Barnacle (played by Susan Lynch) and James Joyce (Ewan McGregor). Carefully negotiating the pitfalls of the period romance, particularly one with an Italian setting, Murphy’s third feature offers many... Read More
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Patricio Guzmán is Chile’s celluloid conscience, a tireless chronicler of the turbulent recent past many would now prefer to forget. His latest cinematic essay begins by musing on his own childhood love of astronomy before moving to... Read More
Pat Murphy will discuss her career in film with IFI Curator Sunniva O’Flynn which will include screenings of some of her short works.
This event is FREE but ticketed and spaces are limited, please book your seat in person, by... Read More
To mark the centenary of the birth of Italian maestro Michelangelo Antonioni, his 1964 landmark film Red Desert is being re-released in a beautifully restored version that does justice to its revolutionary use of colour.
Following Antonioni’s early 1960s trilogy... Read More
Right then, music lovers, you know your Dylan, your Nick Drake and all the titans of the singer-songwriter era. Now prepare to be blown away by Rodriguez, a staggeringly talented performer from Detroit who recorded two of the greatest ’70s... Read More
Mixing live action and animations, with stories from Ireland and as far away as Canada. There’s a dreaming beaver, a tango-dancer, an Indian storyteller and a boy trapped inside a bubble. More serious stories concern a young girl learning to... Read More
Put a determined blackbird, a nervous matador, a boy with missing teeth and a little pig who feels a bit different alongside an ant made from tea-leaves, a sparrow from Russia and a young hare in silhouette, and you’ve got... Read More
Prolific Cork-based documentarian Pat Collins possesses a restless curiosity, coupled with a poetic eye for the small moments – something that informs this feature debut, of sorts. We say ‘of sorts’ because Silence boldly defies categorisation at every turn. The... Read More
The legendary Ice-T makes his directorial debut with this study of rap, the genre that made him a star, using a series of conversations with 47 of its greatest practitioners to explore its evolution. The film is less interested in... Read More
Johanka and Matyas’s playground is the lush botanical garden in the old quarter of a Czech city. When the evil new mayor reveals his intention to scrap the garden and modernize, Johanka’s terrific imagination takes hold and the pair plan... Read More
On July 22nd the IFI will screen Ian Cheney’s poetic and thought-provoking documentary examining the growing problem of light pollution and the disappearing night sky. Taking as its starting point the problems this poses for astronomy, it moves on to explore... Read More
The three titles up for a lively debate in the IFI’s free monthly film club, The Critical Take, on July 30th are William Friedkin’s Killer Joe (showing until July 19th), an adaptation of Tracy Letts’ 1993 play of the same... 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
Chameleonic director Michael Winterbottom sets his foray into science-fiction in a dystopian future where procreation is strictly regulated. Travel is also restricted, with very firm boundaries existing between areas ‘outside’ and ‘inside’. Tim Robbins is the investigator sent to Shanghai... Read More
The work of Patrick Keiller, himself a former architect, has centred on urban architecture, most often on what the director sees as its continuing decline and decay. Following a number of shorts, London, his debut feature, introduced what was to... Read More
Come dressed as your favourite woodland creature to this sequel to The Gruffalo, also based on a much-loved book. Now the giant friendly beast is living in a cave with his daughter. Surrounded by deep woods he warns her not... Read More
Willem Dafoe, an actor who somehow always seems a man apart, is spot-on casting in this engrossing Australian drama as a calculating hired gun covertly employed by a corporate biotech outfit to track down the rarest of prey.
The last... Read More
THE MAGIC PIANO
Magical Oscar-nominated puppet animation set to the music of Chopin. Warsaw cousins Anna and Chip Chip find an old piano that turns into a magic flying machine, so they decide to travel to London on it to... Read More
At a school in Stockholm, children from all over the world attend to learn Swedish and about living in a new country. Maryam from Iran has just arrived and finds it hard to settle in with the other children. But... Read More
Join us in the IFI Foyer on our opening night for a free interactive music session. The two films screening this evening, The Magic Piano and The Missing Key, will be given a musical introduction by composer and performer Morgan... Read More
This light-hearted but never frivolous comedy-drama went down a treat at the French box office, where audiences were delighted by its affectionate ribbing of bourgeois mores. Set in the early 1960s, and inspired by writer-director Philippe Le... Read More
Wild Strawberries is our bimonthly film club for the over 55s.
The June visit to Ireland of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi offers an ideal opportunity for this recent biopic, which had a limited cinema run. Released in... Read More
Digital Mapping with MIDAspace…
Help us transform the workshop space into a digital playground! Merging art and science and using new and exciting technology, participants will illustrate, design and project an animated light sculpture. The facilitators will give you a... Read More
In this hands-on workshop with Chris McLoughlin you will learn the basics of sci-fi model-making such as gadgets, rayguns or spaceships, then using recycled materials assemble and paint your own to take away.
Tickets: €15, Max 12 participants
Join us for a musical journey through cinema. This two day workshop will explore how music creates atmosphere in different films. Participants will work with musician and performer Morgan Cooke and learn how to compose their very own soundtrack. The... Read More
Design and illustrate your very own pop-up 3D Sci-Fi scene with artist Chris McLoughlin. Create your very own robot, alien or space creature and watch it awaken!
Tickets: €10, Max. 12 participants
Bookings for the workshops are not... 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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