Irish Film Institute -EU Presidency Programme

EU Presidency Programme

IFI International, with the support of Culture Ireland, teamed up with cultural partners across the EU to mount a major programme of Irish film during Ireland’s EU Presidency running from January – June 2013. This wealth of activity included screenings of historic Irish films from the IFI Irish Film Archive accompanied by scores from contemporary Irish composers in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid and Brussels; a major focus on Jim Sheridan featuring both his work and influences; a season of the best contemporary Irish documentary; programmes of Irish shorts, and much more.


At three European venues – Kino Babylon, Berlin; Cinéma le Balzac, Paris; and Ciné Dore, Madrid – the Irish Film Institute presents a remarkable Irish film, Willy Reilly and His Colleen Bawn, which is one of the few surviving Irish features from the silent era. The film will be accompanied by a pitch-perfect new score composed by Bernard Reilly and performed under his baton by the 11-piece CinéTheatre Ensemble:

Kino Babylon Berlin, June 8th, 20.00 (book tickets)
Cinema le Balzac, June 10th, 20.30 (book tickets). 
Cine Doré, Madrid, June 12th, 19.30 (tickets available June 11th). 

A Pre-tour Dress Rehearsal will also take place at the IFI, Dublin, on June 5th (18.30). Book now.


Irish Destiny, Flagey, Brussels. 8.15pm, March 17th

This love story set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, was the first film to dramatise the War of Independence and was for many years believed to be lost until a nitrate print was repatriated to the IFI Irish Film Archive where it was restored. A magnificent score written by Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, one of Ireland’s leading classical musicians, conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn and performed by a live orchestra of local musicians, this promises to be a night to remember and fitting opening to the IFI’s European tour.

Jim Sheridan Retrospective & Carte Blanche, Cinematek, Brussels. March 22nd – April 28th

One of Ireland’s finest and internationally successful filmmakers, Jim Sheridan has throughout his career married his distinctively Irish artistic voice with a truly international set of influences and inspirations. IFI International will present a two-pronged retrospective that includes most of Sheridan’s own films alongside a series of international works, curated specially by Sheridan himself, which influenced him at various points in his career such as Martin Scorcese’s Raging Bull which influenced Sheridan’s political drama The Boxer and Elia Kazan’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn that influenced his semi-autobiographical collaboration with his daughters, In America.

Guests of the Nation, Barbican Cinema, LondonApril 14th

A huge success both at the National Concert Hall and Lincoln Center, New York in 2011, Denis Johnston’s  will screen at the new Barbican Cinema in London on April 14th. Based on a Frank O’Connor short story about the unexpected friendship between British soldiers and their IRA captors, this 1936 silent film will be accompanied live by Niall Byrne’s magnificent new score conducted by David Brophy.

Brussels Short Film Festival, Irish Shorts Programme, April 29th

Featuring a packed programme of the best Irish shorts from recent years, titles include: The Pool, Irish Folk Furniture, and Undressing my Mother.

Irish Documentary Programmes

Irish documentary has been one of the industry’s great success stories over the past decade. During the EU Presidency Bozar in Brussels and the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe will present a selection of the best recent Irish documentaries such as The Pipe, His & Hers, Lón sa Spéir/Men at Lunch as well as older films that point to a fine tradition of Irish factual filmmaking such as Peter Lennon’s 1967 Rocky Road to Dublin. Full programme to be released shortly

Alongside these highlights there will be plenty of other Irish film activity; The Irish Film Festival of Oulo will feature an Irish Film Week; the Fantastic Film Festival in Brussels will feature a series of Irish horror films and back home, with the support of the Arts Council, IFI National will tour a programme of films exploring the relationship between Ireland and Europe to libraries and arts centres around the country.


Irish Destiny Silent Programme                Flagey, Brussels, Belgium 8.15pm, March 17th                         
Rocky Road to Dublin plus Making of BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium 8pm, March 18th
Jim Sheridan Retrospective & Carte Blanche  Cinematek, Brussels, Belgium March 22nd – April 28th
Irish Documentary Programme Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe March/April TBC
Guests of the Nation Barbican Cinema, London, UK 4pm, April 14th
Men at Lunch BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium 8pm, April 16th
Irish Shorts Programme Brussels Short Film Festival 7pm & 9pm, April 29th
Willy Reilly and his Colleen Bawn Kino Babylon Berlin  June 8th
Willy Reilly and his Colleen Bawn Cinema le Balzac, Paris  June 10th
Willy Reilly and his Colleen Bawn  Cine Doré, Madrid

 June 12th


IFI International’s tour of European work is presented in partnership with Culture Ireland as part of the International Culture Programme, Culture Connects, celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For more information visit

The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland