February 9th 2017: The Irish Film Institute, Ireland’s only screening house for 70mm prints, will screen Tim Burton’s 1989 classic Batman on Tuesday March 28th at 18.20. Tickets go on sale today at 12 noon.
Tim Burton’s Batman represented a seismic change in its serious approach to a comic book character, the success of which laid the groundwork for the superhero franchises that continue to dominate our screens. Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), who as a child witnessed the murder of his parents, has devoted his life to fighting crime under the guise of the vigilante Batman. An encounter with hood Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson) leads to Napier’s reinvention as the Joker, who embarks on a campaign of murder and chaos against Gotham City in Burton’s Gothic epic.
The continued prevalence of digital projection has led to a significant decrease in the number of cinemas still capable of showing film prints. There are few cinemas in Ireland that still show the previous industry standard of 35mm and the IFI is the only cinema left in Ireland capable of showing film on 70mm.
Since the installation of 70mm projectors in the IFI in 2001, a number of films have been shown, such as Vertigo; Baraka; 2001: A Space Odyssey; Die Hard and recent sell-out screenings of The Hateful Eight and The Master.
Presented in association with Expert Air.
Tickets for this exclusive screening are priced at €12 (€10 for members) and go on sale today at 12 noon here and from the IFI Box Office – 01 6793477.
For further information and high-res images, please contact Michelle McDonagh (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the IFI Press Office – (01) 679 5744
IFI is principally funded by the Arts Council.
ABOUT THE IFI
The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema. It preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.
A NOTE ON 70MM
When one refers to a 70mm film, one is discussing a cinema print in which each frame is 70mm wide, containing 65mm wide visual image, with the remaining 5mm containing the soundtrack *four magnetic strips, holding up to 6 tracks of sound). Optimal results – in terms of resolution and picture quality – are achieved when material is shot on 65mm stock and then printed onto 70mm. However, due to the cost of shooting on this format, many 70mm prints are so-called “blow-ups”, which originated on 35mm stock.
Despite the remarkable audiovisual experience offered by 70mm films, which can still surpass the best of what digital cinema has to offer, there are a limited number of “true” 70mm films, and indeed of “blow-ups”. Even within the prints available internationally there are a finite number which remain in a condition that best shows off the format.
However, as the only cinema in the country capable of showing films on 70mm, it is the IFI’s intention to hold regular screenings of the best of what is currently available, and we encourage anyone with an interest in film to experience it at least once for themselves.
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council