Director: Luc Jacquet

80 minutes, France, 2005

Whether it’s snowing outside or not, you and your family will love this heart-warming and brilliantly made documentary about the annual journey of the Emperor Penguins to their traditional breeding ground in Antarctica.

In freezing conditions and relying on only their instinct to guide them, these magnificent creatures leave their ocean home and head across ice into blizzards and gale force winds to find a mate. Accompanied by penguin song, they move and dance in a magnificent mating ritual. The females lay a single egg which the male penguin guards while the female returns all the way to the icy seas to find fish to feed the newly born young chicks.

You may think you know penguins from their many animated antics, but this documentary reminds us how truly magnificent they are. Voiced by Morgan Freeman. 

Tickets: €4.80 per person, €14.40 family ticket (2 adults + 2 children/1 adult + 3 children).

This is screening as part of IFI Christmas Crackers, a season of family favourites, classics and archive films in December.


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