Irish Film Institute -Five Star Friday at the IFI with critically-acclaimed new releases

Five Star Friday at the IFI with critically-acclaimed new releases

It’s a FIVE STAR FRIDAY at the IFI again with critically-acclaimed new releases opening today! To celebrate, we’re offering you a glass of prosecco for €5, available all night in the IFI Café Bar.

Blue is the Warmest Colour has caused considerable controversy since it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes earlier this year, with complaints about the director’s working methods and a focus on the film’s intimate depiction of lesbian sex threatening to detract from its brilliance. 

★★★★★ ‘Once you’ve hacked your way through the jungle of controversy, you will, in Abdellatif Kechiche’s already-notorious, rough-edged romance, encounter a small (though far from short) masterpiece.’ Tara Brady, The Irish Times (read the full review here)

★★★★★ ‘Exarchopoulos delivers a brilliant performance in this truly extraordinary film.’ Paul Whitington, Irish Independent

★★★★★ Blue Is the Warmest Colour really is an outstanding film and the performances from Exarchopoulos and Séydoux make other people’s acting look very weak.’  Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (read the full review here).


An early-‘80s period piece, a time long before the game could be played on any phone, Computer Chess (showing EXCLUSIVELY at the IFI) is set at a conference in a cheap hotel, a gathering skeptical as to whether a computer programme will ever be designed to beat a person at chess.

★★★★★ ‘Writer-director Bujalski and cinematographer Matthias Grunsky keep us guessing if this is actual or theoretical space. Think vintage found footage meets wilfully anachronistic dot matrix art. And then think way, way outside the box.’ – Tara Brady, The Irish Times (read the full review here).

★★★★★ ‘Shot in deliberately amateur black-and-white and set in the early 1980s, Computer Chess is pointing balefully to the future, with subtle warnings about the power of computers, mediated through a cast of geeks. It’s brilliant.’ Paddy Kehoe, RTÉ Ten (read the full review here).


Also opening today is Parkland (★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★ ★★★★ years ago, on 22 November, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated while being driven in a presidential motorcade along Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Parkland recreates that tragic day taking the point of view of a number of individuals caught up in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, among them doctors and nurses who tried to save the President’s life at the Parkland hospital; the Dallas Secret Service; Abraham Zapruder, who fatefully filmed the assassination; and Lee Harvey Oswald’s brother.

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