November 17th 2021: The 22nd annual IFI French Film Festival opens tonight, with the stunning psychological thriller Madeleine Collins. This year, Ireland’s largest French cultural event presents 28 feature films as part of a fully blended festival, in-cinema at the IFI in Temple Bar, and online on IFI@Home. Tickets are on sale from www.ifi.ie/frenchfest and www.ifihome.ie. The full festival brochure is available to view here.
Opening film Madeleine Collins boasts drama, tension, and duality, and screens for a second time on Sunday 21st – this weekend screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Antoine Barraud.
Films presented online on IFI@Home with director Q&As include Rachel Lang’s Our Men, starring Louis Garrel, Camille Cottin and the late Ina Marija Bartaité, and Joachim Lafosse’s film on bipolar disorder, painting and romance, The Restless. Both in-cinema and online, iconic 1996 film Irma Vep and the eerie Earwig are presented with director introductions.
Women star in comedy, drama and documentary across this year’s festival, including Juliette Binoche in winner of the Audience Award at San Sebastián International Film Festival, Between Two Worlds. Léa Seydoux takes the lead in celebrity journalist drama France, with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin presented in conversation in Jane by Charlotte. Céline’s Sciamma Petite Maman offers an intergenerational look at womanhood while Mathieu Amalric’s Hold Me Tight examines family and memory.
Stunning documentaries in this year’s programme include The Last Shelter, set at the southern edge of the Sahara desert, and The Brain, focused on a lab examining AI technologies and the philosophies around it.
Comedy dramas screening over the coming days include the bittersweet My Best Part starring Nicholas Maury and Nathalie Baye, closing film French Tech, and troubled troubadour story Tralala.
More films available to view in-cinema and online include the Armenian-Belgian-French drama set in the Caucasus, Should the Wind Drop, and archival film telling the political story of the French working class, Returning to Reims. Thriller The Night Doctor reveals the dark side of the medical world and the hidden corners of Paris, while I Want to Talk About Duras presents a fictionalised account of Yann Andréa’s interview on his relationship to author-filmmaker Marguerite Duras.
Presented in-cinema only are Promises starring Isabelle Huppert; this year’s family film, Ismaël Ferroukhi’s Mica; animation The Summit of the Gods, and Jacques Audiard’s black and white Paris 13th District.
In classic French film, screening on Sunday 28th in tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo is the 1964 hit That Man From Rio. This year’s retrospective strand covers the work of actress Danielle Darrieux, presenting films from 1940 to 1967, from Henri Decoin, Max Ophüls and Jacques Demy.
Finally, the celebrated Titane screens on Friday 26th. Winner of the Palme d’Or, Julia Ducournau’s body horror is punchy and provocative – a feast for the senses starring Agathe Rousselle.
Cinema tickets for the IFI French Film Festival are on sale from the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477 and from www.ifi.ie/frenchfest. Individual screening tickets cost €11.50. Tickets to the opening night screening cost €15. Multi-film packages are also available for 5 and 10 films, priced at €50 and €90 respectively, only from the IFI Box Office. IFI@Home tickets are now on sale from www.ifihome.ie/page/frenchfest2021, with a full online festival bundle and Danielle Darrieux deal available from www.ifihome.ie/page/film-bundles/. The full festival trailer is available to view here.
The IFI French Film Festival is supported by Brooks Hotel, The Irish Times, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, Alliance Française Dublin, Europa Cinemas, UniFrance, Institut Français, and the Embassy of France in Ireland.
IFI is principally funded by the Arts Council.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 17TH
Madeleine Collins – 20.00 (IFI)
Opening night gala screening including complimentary wine
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 18TH
Should the Wind Drop (Si le vent tombe) – 16.10 (IFI), 18.00 (IFI@Home)
Petite Maman – 18.30 (IFI)
Earwig – 20.20 (IFI)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19TH
The Last Shelter (Le Dernier Refuge) – 16.20 (IFI), 18.00 (IFI@Home)
The Night Doctor (Médecin de nuit) – 18.30 (IFI)
Paris 13th District (Les Olympiades, Paris 13e) – 20.30 (IFI)
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20TH
Madame de… – 13.00 (IFI), 12.00 (IFI@Home)
The Summit of the Gods (Le Sommet des Dieux) – 13.20 (IFI)
Promises (Les promesses) – 15.30 (IFI)
Our Men (Mon legionnaire) – 17.50 (IFI), 18.00 (IFI@Home)
My Best Part (Garçon chiffon) – 20.20 (IFI)
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21ST
The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) – 13.00 (IFI)
Jane by Charlotte – 13.10 (IFI), 12.00 (IFI@Home)
French Tech (Les 2 Alfred) – 15.20 (IFI), 18.00 (IFI@Home)
Madeleine Collins + Q&A with Antoine Barraud – 17.30 (IFI)
Between Two Worlds (Ouistreham) – 20.30 (IFI)
MONDAY NOVEMBER 22ND
Returning to Reims (Retour à Reims) – 18.10 (IFI), 18.00 (IFI@Home)
France – 20.10 (IFI)
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 23RD
Irma Vep – 18.10 (IFI), 12.00 (IFI@Home)
The Night Doctor (Médecin de nuit) – 20.30 (IFI), 18.00 (IFI@Home)
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 24TH
I Want to Talk About Duras (Vous ne désirez que moi) – 16.00 (IFI), 12.00 (IFI@Home)
Between Two Worlds (Ouistreham) – 18.10 (IFI)
The Restless (Les Intranquilles) – 20.30 (IFI), 18.00 (IFI@Home)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 25TH
The Brain (Le Cerveau) – 16.00 (IFI), 12.00 (IFI@Home)
My Best Part (Garçon chiffon) – 18.20 (IFI), 18.00 (IFI@Home)
Promises (Les promesses) – 20.40 (IFI)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 26TH
Jane by Charlotte – 16.10 (IFI)
Hold Me Tight (Serre Moi Fort) – 18.10 (IFI)
Titane – 20.50 (IFI)
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27TH
I Want to Talk About Duras (Vous ne désirez que moi) – 13.00 (IFI)
Beating Heart (Battement de coeur) – 13.10 (IFI), 12.00 (IFI@Home)
Our Men (Mon legionnaire) – 15.10 (IFI)
Tralala – 17.30 (IFI), 18.00 (IFI@Home)
France – 20.30 (IFI)
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28TH
Family Film: Mica – 11.00 (IFI)
That Man from Rio (L’Homme de Rio) – 13.20 (IFI)
The Restless (Les Intranquilles) – 15.30 (IFI)
Paris 13th District (Les Olympiades, Paris 13e) – 15.50 (IFI)
Hold Me Tight (Serre Moi Fort) – 18.10 (IFI)
French Tech (Les 2 Alfred) – 20.20 (IFI)
ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED
13.50 (OC), 20.40
AN CAILÍN CIÚIN
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: BEING BEHAN – SHORTS
13.20, 16.50, 20.00
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council