Irish Film Institute -The Tree of Life wins IFI Audience Choice Poll

The Tree of Life wins IFI Audience Choice Poll

IFI Press Release: 13th September 2012


Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life tops the IFI Audience Choice Poll and will receive a special screening during IFI20 Open Weekend


IFI audiences were asked to pick their favourite film from a shortlist of last year’s releases. The winner was The Tree of Life which narrowly beat The Artist and Senna into second and third places. The film will now receive a special screening on Saturday 15th at 20.40 as part of the IFI20 Open Weekend – two days of all FREE screenings to celebrate 20 years of the IFI in Temple Bar. The line-up is full of sneak previews such as Thomas Vinterburg’s award-winning The Hunt, major classics such as The Godfather and Singin’ in the Rain, and films from the IFI Irish Film Archive, Shamus and Rat.

Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or winning The Tree of Life follows Jack’s progress from disrupted childhood through to disillusioned adulthood. At the same time the themes of his life are amplified through a sweeping look at Earth and the universe across millions of years, complete with lava flows, dreamscapes and dinosaurs. IFI Director Ross Keane who championed the film for the poll said ‘Love it or hate it, the film demands to be spoken about. Decide which side of the fence you’re on and stick to your guns, but for me, I was transfixed from start to finish.’

Celebrations will continue after the packed scheduleof films. There will be a barbecue with great deals in the IFI Courtyard and a free DJ-set in the IFI Café Bar for those who want to stay to raise a glass to the last twenty years of the IFI.These are just a few of the highlights and throughout the weekend there will be many more free screenings. Full details of all the films in the IFI20 Open Weekend can be found at

Other events in IFI20, celebrating 20 years of the IFI on Eustace Street at Temple Bar, continue until the end of September including a season of 20/20: Landmark Films at the IFI, tours of the IFI Irish Film Archive, a pop-up museum, and talks and special previews. Full details can be found at

Free tickets for each day will be distributed separately on Saturday and Sunday morning, in person at the IFI from 11am. Pre-booking by telephone or online will not be available. Each person in the queue will be allocated a maximum of four tickets per day. For example, a person queuing could choose four tickets for one film in order to bring friends or choose four tickets to individual films for themselves. Free tickets are strictly first-come-first-served and are subject to availability.

For more information and images please contact Patrick Stewart at the IFI Press Office on 01 679 5744 or

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes          Sat 13.00
Boudu Saved From Drowning     Sat 13.20
Liberal Arts                                  Sat 13.40
The Dirty Dozen                           Sat 15.00
Diary of a Lost Girl                       Sat 15.30
Shamus                                         Sat 16.00
Alps                                               Sat 17.45
True Romance                               Sat 18.00
Freaks                                            Sat 18.20
The Hunt                                         Sat 20.10
Bicycle Thieves                              Sat 20.20
“Audience Choice”                         Sat 20.40

The Ladykillers                                Sun 13.00
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman  Sun 13.15
The Arrival of Wang                         Sun 13.30
Singin’ in the Rain                            Sun 15.10
Fantastic Planet                               Sun 15.30
Circle of Friends                               Sun 16.00
Faster, pussycat! Kill! Kill!               Sun 17.30
The Godfather                                  Sun 17.30
Rat                                                    Sun 18.15
To Die For                                         Sun 19.30
Sullivan’s Travels                             Sun 20.15
When Harry Met Sally                       Sun 21.00

For more information and images please contact Patrick Stewart at the IFI Press Office on 01 679 5744 or

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.


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