March 10th 2023: Following hugely successful online programmes in 2021, and hybrid exhibition in 2022, IFI International, supported by Culture Ireland, will this March work with film festivals across the globe to facilitate the screening of a number of Irish features, documentaries and shorts, including screenings of Oscar-nominated An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) and IFTA-nominated Nothing Compares.
Having recently partnered with Capital Irish Film Festival (March 2 – 5) and the SF Irish Film Festival San Francisco for its documentary day (March 5), and the Embassy of Ireland in Malta’s Irish Film Day’s St Patrick’s Screening (March 7), this month’s highlights include Belgrade Irish Festival and Scéal Eile Film Festival Belgium.
Speaking about this year’s global programme of events, IFI Head of Irish Film Programming Sunniva O’Flynn said, “In a year when international audiences are highly receptive to Irish cinema it is wonderful to see our exhibition partners showing such creativity in their programming choices, expanding perspectives on Irish society and Irish culture through a powerful range of award -winning feature films and documentaries.”
The 11th Belgrade Irish Festival will screen renowned Irish language film An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl), and Seamus Murphy’s A Dog Called Money, followed by a director Q&A. Kathryn Ferguson’s Sinéad O’Connor documentary Nothing Compares will be followed by a Q&A with IFTA-nominated editor Mick Mahon, while Digging for Fire will be accompanied by a Q&A with Darragh Dukes, Eoin O’Kelly and Kevin Brew.
Young Plato will be followed by a Q&A with director Declan McGrath, and Horrible Creature by a Q&A with director Áine Stapleton. Other screenings include 100 Years of Ulysses; Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance plus Q&A with director Ruán Magan; Atlantic and Q&A with cameraman Ed Godsell; and The Pipe with Bojan Simišić from Eko Straža joining the director Risteard O’Domhnaill for a conversation.
Curated by Ruairí McCann, the Spectacle Theatre New York presents ‘From the Bowls of Memory: Two Films from Ireland, A Land of Fiction and Absences’ from the much-mythisised west of Ireland: the rarely-screened Coilín and Platonida (dir. James Scott, 1976), and Budawanny (dir. Bob Quinn, 1987).
Screening on March 10th and March 31st in Canada are The New Music and Making the Grade, with Ciné Gael Montréal.
In France, new Irish feature Lakelands will screen at Festival L’Europe autour de l’Europe from March 14th – 28th, and Sunlight will screen at Écrans Britanniques, 17th – 26th, in Nîmes. In Luxembourg, a selection of the best new Irish film will screen at the Ciné Utopia as part of the British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg, 19th – 24th, with the programme comprising An Cailín Ciúin, Róise & Frank, Lakelands, Tarrac and LOLA.
An Cailín Ciúin will be presented at Scéal Eile Film Festival, March 21st – 25th, alongside Breaking Out (plus Q&A with direction Michael McCormack), border drama Wildfire, Alison Millar’s moving documentary about Northern Irish journalist, Lyra, and more.
In special events, the Embassy of Ireland Portugal presents a screening of Wolfwalkers on March 18th at El Corte Inglés Cinema in Lisbon, presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland in Portugal, and the Irish American Heritage Museum Albany will screen Róise & Frank as part of their Film Club on March 20th. Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Riga, The Camino Voyage screens as part of Francophonie Month 2023 on March 10th.
IFI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITY IN MARCH
Mar 2 -12: Chicago Irish Film Festival, Chicago, USA
Mar 6 – 27: Irish Film Festival Dar es Salaam Tanzania, Tanzania
Mar 9 – 21: EU Film Festival, Hong Kong
Mar 10 & 31: Ciné Gael Montréal, Montrael, Canada
Mar 10: Francophone Month 2023, Riga, Latvia
Mar 10 – 19: Belgrade Irish Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
Mar 14 – 28: Festival L’Europe autour de l’Europe, Paris, France
Mar 17 – 26: Écrans Britanniques, Nîmes, France
Mar 17: Saint Patrick’s Day film event, Lisbon, Portugal
Mar 18: From the Bowls of Memory, New York, USA
Mar 19 – 24: British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Mar 20: Irish American Heritage Museum Albany, Albany, NY
Mar 21 – 25: Scéal Eile Film Festival, Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, Belgium
For full details of all March events, please see www.ifi.ie/irish-film/international/international-calendar/.
For further IFI International programme information, please contact Eleanor Melinn Eleanor Melinn at the IFI – 01-6795744.
IFI International is supported by Culture Ireland. The IFI is principally funded by the Arts Council.
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