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November at the IFI

October 28th 2021: This November, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) is proud to present a line-up of highly-anticipated Irish and international releases, including SpencerPetite Maman and To The Moon. The annual IFI French Film Festival takes place from November 17th – 28th, with films available to view in IFI Cinemas and online on IFI@Home nationwide.

Coming to the IFI this month is a selection of eagerly-awaited international releases, including Pablo Larraín’s Spencer, depicting three days in the life of the late Princess of Wales as she endures Christmas at the Sandringham estate, and Paul Schrader’s The Card Counter, focusing on a former marine turned professional gambler whose meticulous life is thrown into disarray, screening in IFI Cinemas from Friday 5th. Following its remarkable Berlinale debut, Natural Light centres on a simple farmer serving as a Corporal in the Hungarian Army, who is unexpectedly forced to overcome his anxieties and take leadership of his squad, screening at the IFI from Friday 12th.

Acclaimed director Céline Sciamma’s (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) latest venture Petite Maman, following 8-year-old Nelly and her mysterious new friend Marion, and award-winning Jane Campion’s newest piece The Power of the Dog, which focuses on the simmering tension between brothers Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George (Jesse Plemons), are screening in IFI Cinemas from Friday 19th (with a preview screening of Petite Maman taking place as part of the IFI French Film Festival on Thursday 18th). Screening at the IFI from Friday 26th, Golden Bear winner Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn centres on the aftermath of a secondary school history teacher’s private sex tape being uploaded to the internet. New documentary JKF Revisited: Through The Looking Glass from the legendary Oliver Stone (JFK, 1991), examining recently declassified evidence around the assassination, comes to IFI@Home on Friday 26th and screens in-cinema from Monday 29th.

From Friday 12th, the IFI will be screening a new 4K re-release of Mike Leigh’s Naked, starring the unforgettable David Thewlis in a nocturnal whirlwind of violence, sex and chaos.

In special events, Camera Tripod Bicycle, the new documentary celebrating the work of Dubliner Leslie Crowe who spent 25 years filming his city and family on 8mm film, will screen on Wednesday November 3rd, followed by a short ceremony marking the deposit of The Leslie Crowe Collection in the IFI Irish Film Archive. On Tuesday 16th, the IFI is proud to be screening The Lighthousepresented by the Irish National Opera and based on an actual event in December 1900, when three Scottish lighthouse keepers vanished without a trace.

November sees great new Irish releases, including IFI Documentary Festival 2021 Audience Award winner, Ross Killeen’s Love Yourself Today, a moving celebration of modern spirituality and the power of music to heal, screening from Friday 5th. Michael McCormack’s Breaking Out tells the story of Interference singer Fergus O’Farrell and his passion for music, screening at the IFI from Friday 19th. Screening from Friday 26th is Tadhg O’Sullivan’s latest work To The Moon, which captures the mesmerising beauty of the Earth’s moon using archival sources and a haunting score.

From Wednesday 17th to Sunday 28th November, Ireland’s largest French cultural event, the IFI French Film Festival, will take place in-cinema and online on IFI@Home, presenting Antoine Barraud’s Madeleine Collins, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Jane by Charlotte and Julia Decournau’s award-winning TitaneThe full festival programme is available to view here.

This month’s Wild Strawberries selection is French Exit, based on the novel by Patrick deWitt and starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges, screening on Wednesday 24th and Friday 26th.

Tickets for new releases and special events will be on sale from the IFI Box Office on (01) 6793477 and from, as per the IFI’s Weekly Schedule. Online rentals from IFI@Home are available at For further information and high-res images, please contact Casey Hynes ( at the IFI Press Office.


Camera Tripod Bicycle 

The Card Counter
Love Yourself Today 

Natural Light
Naked (4K)

The Irish National Opera: The Lighthouse

IFI French Film Festival

Petite Maman
The Power of the Dog
Breaking Out 

Wild Strawberries: French Exit

To The Moon
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass

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