120 minutes, 2015, Italy-France, Digital

This film screened 22nd February 2016.

Immerse yourself in the sun-kissed paradise of the Italian island of Pantelleria in Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash, starring Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson, and follow it with a main course in the IFI Café Bar inspired by the film. This Feast Your Eyes event takes place on Monday, February 22nd at 18.30. Tickets €20 (free list suspended, film tickets not sold separately for this event).



Beef meatballs in a creamy white wine sauce served with gnocchi


Pan fried Swordfish on polenta with Puttanesca sauce


Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Salad with a herbed olive oil dressing


Bowie-esque rock star Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is vacationing with her documentary filmmaker boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) on the Italian island of Pantelleria. She has undergone surgery on her vocal cords, and is forbidden from speaking. Into their idyll comes the oversized figure of Harry (Ralph Fiennes), a motor-mouth music producer and Marianne’s former partner, breaking the spell with his intrusive behaviour. With him is his daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson), along for the trip having been just recently acquainted with her father. Tensions – sexual and otherwise – are soon rising high in the sun-kissed paradise.

The second collaboration between Swinton and director Guadagnino, A Bigger Splash marries the visual panache of I Am Love (2009) to a heady cocktail of sexual jealousies, secrets and lies. It is the second adaptation of Alain Page’s titular novel, filmed as La Piscine in 1969 with Alain Delon and Romy Schneider.

(Notes by David O’Mahony)



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