If you’re looking to treat your leading man or leading lady to some on-screen romance this Valentine’s Day, the IFI has it sorted with a special preview screening of Jim Jarmusch’s haunting and achingly romantic new vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive (15A, Feb 14th 20.30) and a fantastic meal deal in the IFI Café Bar. Treat yourself to a ticket to the Only Lovers Left Alive preview + two courses from the delicious Valentine’s Day menu for just €22 per person. (Note: Combined meal and tickets cannot be booked online. See special booking details below.) Alternatively, simply get two courses from the Valentine’s Day menu for just €15.95.
About the filmOnly Lovers Left Alive stars Tom Hiddleston as Adam, an underground musician living in self-imposed exile in desolate Detroit while surrounding himself with his music, vintage guitars, recording equipment and vinyl records. Depressed at the state of the world and the limits of the human imagination, he is cause for concern for his estranged lover Eve (Tilda Swinton), who travels from Tangiers to be by his side. As the story progresses, it emerges that this couple’s extraordinary love affair has endured for centuries, that they have witnessed societies rise and fall, and that they fear for the modern world. When Eve’s wild mischievous sister Eva (Mia Wasikowska) makes an unwelcome appearance, the couple become ever more anxious. A keenly awaited new release from Jarmusch, this is a vampire film that plays with conventions while still embracing the essential existential heart of the genre. The film is released at the IFI on the 21st February 2014.
St. Valentine’s menu (choose one from each course):
StartersWarm Caramelised Onion Tart with Goats Cheese, Roast WalnutsEndive, Serrano Ham & Roasted Pear Salad, Balsamic DressingMeatballs, Melted Mozzarella, San Marzarno Tomato Sauce & Grilled Sourdough
Mains Confit Duck Leg, Colcannon, Butternut Squash, Merlot JusRoasted Salmon Fillet, Olive Oil Mash, Grilled Peppers, Sundried Tomato PestoBaked Vegetable Burrito, Herb Rice, Homemade Guacamole, Chunky Tomato & Coriander Salsa
MEAL DEAL BOOKING DETAILS: Combined meal and tickets cannot be booked online. For the €22 Meal Deal + Only Lovers Left Alive ticket you must purchase a special combined ticket and reserve a table at the IFI Café Bar by emailing Sharon Corrigan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your daytime phone number, preferred table booking time and party number by 5pm on Friday, February 14th. You will then be contacted to confirm your reservation and process the full payment for both the film ticket(s) and meal deal(s). For the €15.95 Valentine’s Meal Deal (with no screening ticket) table reservation is strongly advised.
Normal screening tickets (without the meal deal) for the preview of Only Lovers Left Alive are available now at the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or here.
It’s not only Valentine’s Day itself that sees the IFI embracing romance this February. All month the IFI’s FREE Archive at Lunchtime screenings will be showing romantic gems from the IFI Irish Film Archives including Learning to Love, a Radharc documentary about pre-marriage courses in 1974; the popular 1955 Oscar-nominated short Three Kisses, about a Cork hurler falling in love; and Róisín Loughrey’s exquisite short documentary from 2003 about the relationship between two trapeze artists. Archive at Lunchtime programmes run on Monday and Wednesday with a Double Bill on Saturdays.
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The IFI is supported by The Arts Council