June 28th 2021: This July, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) welcomes an array of international new releases to IFI Cinemas, including Another Round and Summer of Soul (Or… When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), with select titles such as Martin Eden available nationwide on IFI@Home. In online events, IFI Spotlight 2021 continues online this July with sessions on diversity and inclusion; across in-cinema events, two special screenings of the 1975 classic Nashville in 4K will take place.
Continuing the IFI’s commitment to champion Irish film, Polish-Irish co-production I Never Cry, directed by Piotr Doalewski and filmed in Dublin, screens from Friday 23rd. I Never Cryfollows 17-year-old protagonist Ola and her journey to discover more about her late father’s life.
Documentaries screening at the IFI this July include the intimate, feminist Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story (opening on Friday 2nd, also streaming online on IFI@Home), and portrait of Piedmontese artisanal living, The Truffle Hunters, opening Friday 9th. Music documentaries that break norms include Summer of Soul (Or… When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), which utilises footage largely unseen until now – documenting The Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969 – screening at the IFI from the 16th.
New international drama coming to IFI screens includes Film Independent Spirit Awards 2021 Best International Film winner Quo Vadis, Aida? (opening Friday 2nd) which tells the story of the Srebrenica massacre, and study of refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland Limbo, showing from July 30th. Starring James Norton (Mr Jones, Little Women), new drama Nowhere Special, from Friday 16th, depicts a father and son facing turmoil. The biographical film of the Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson, Tove, screens both in-cinema and online on IFI@Home this month, opening at the IFI Cinema from Friday 9th and available online from Monday 26th. Also available in-cinema and online (from Friday 9th) is ‘cleverly captured sweep of cinematic history’ (5*, The Irish Times) Martin Eden, the beautifully-adapted, ambitious Italian drama, drawing from Jack London’s 1909 novel.
In LGBTQIA+ drama this July, GAZE Film Festival 2020 title Two of Us screens at the IFI from Friday 16th, depicting an older couple’s passionate romance, which they’ve kept secret for years. In Jumbo, screening both in-cinema and online on IFI@Home from Friday 9th, the protagonist explores maddening desire through objectophilia, falling in love with a 25-foot-tall carnival ride; this new drama stars Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire).
Merlant’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire co-star Adèle Haenel features in Quentin Dupieux’s new comedy horror Deerskin, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Director’s Fortnight section in 2019. Having premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and following a preview screening at the IFI on June 20th, Another Round starring Mads Mikkelsen is released at the IFI on Friday 2nd. Also starring Mikkelsen, revenge drama Riders of Justice, directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, opens on Friday 23rd. Exclusively streaming on IFI@Home from the 23rd is thrilling drama set in the Ivorian forest, Night of the Kings.
Robert Altman’s 1975 classic Nashville screens in glorious 4K at the IFI on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th at 15.15, following 24 characters across five days in the titular city. Limited tickets remaining for these special screenings.
This month, IFI Spotlight 2021 continues online via a series of Zoom webinars. The first session, discussing gender representation in media with President and CEO of the Geena Davis Institute, Madeline Di Nonno, is available to watch back here. The second online conversation will take place on Friday 2nd at 11.00, with Melanie Hoyes (BFI), Marcus Ryder (Lenny Henry Centre For Media Diversity), and Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane; Rocks) discussing diversity and inclusion initiatives – free registration available here – and the third session will take place on Friday 9th at 11.00, discussing policy and practice across Irish film.
Tickets for new releases and special events will be on sale from the IFI Box Office on (01) 6793477 and from www.ifi.ie, as per the IFI’s Weekly Schedule. See the full July 2021 programme here.
AN CAILÍN CIÚIN
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: GAELS OF LAUGHTER
13.20 (free tickets from IFI Box Office)
ERIC RAVILIOUS: DRAWN TO WAR
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
FROM THE VAULTS: IFI & ABBEY THEATRE: THE BUTCHER BOY
GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE
15.20 (OC + pre-recorded Q&A), 20.30
WINGS OF DESIRE
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council