The beginning of a year brings many great film releases, and this month will be a busy one with filmmakers and actors visiting the IFI and attending preview screenings and public interviews. Make sure to book early as some events are selling fast!
IFI & First Fortnight: Heaven Adores You + Q&A (Saturday, January 10th, 16.00): In Heaven Adores You we journey through the life of Elliott Smith, a musician whose rise to prominence in the 1990s and early 2000s was cut short by his untimely death at the age of 34 in 2003. Tickets for this event can be booked at www.firstfortnight.ie
Preview + Satellite Q&A: Testament of Youth (Monday, January 12th, 18.30): Based on the WWI memoir by Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth is a bold adaptation of a cherished text that features an eye-catching lead performance from rising star Alicia Vikander (also seen at the IFI this month in Ex_Machina) and Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington. We are delighted to present a preview screening of Testament of Youth on Monday, January 12th at 18.30. Following the screening a satellite Q&A will take place. BOOK NOW.
Opening Night: Apples of the Golan + Q&A (Friday, January 16th, 18.30): This documentary tells the epic story of Majdal Shams, one of five remaining Arab villages in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Before the occupation there were 136 such villages, which have now mostly been destroyed. Cut off from their homeland since the events of the Six Day War, the villagers fight to maintain their national identity amid political uncertainty, border disputes and the Syrian civil war. Opening night screening (at 18.30 on Friday January 16th) will be followed by Q&A with directors Jill Beardsworth and Keith Walsh hosted by Shona Murray of Newstalk 106-108FM. BOOK NOW
Ireland on Sunday: Dreams of a Clown + Q&A (Sunday, January 18th, 13.00): Galway-based director Dieter Auner turns his attention from central Europe (Leaving Transylvania, Off the Beaten Track) to Ireland following the fortunes of the Gerbola family as they fight to keep their small family circus on the road. For nine months of the year the tightly knit crew exist outside the bounds of “normal” life with Mikey Gerbola – eccentric clown, generous husband, and determined small-business man – battling at the helm. Director Dieter Auner will participate in a post-screening Q&A. BOOK NOW
Preview + Q&A: Ex_Machina (Monday, January 19th, 19.00): Novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland investigates ideas of consciousness and humanity while roles within the group shift in frequently surprising ways. We are delighted to welcome Domhnall Gleeson and Alex Garland to the IFI for an EXCLUSIVE preview of Ex_Machina on Monday, January 19th at 19.00. SOLD OUT
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council