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IFI PROGRAMME

  • IFI International: March 2024

    8 March // Cine Gael Montreal // Rose Plays Julie // J.A. DeSève Cinema, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

    8-17 March // Écrans Britanniques // Lies We Tell, Barber, How to Tell a Secret, Silent films ciné-concert: The... Read More

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  • IFI & ONE DUBLIN ONE BOOK: EDUCATING RITA

    Dissatisfied with the routine of her work and social life, working-class hairdresser Rita (Julie Walters) yearns for intellectual stimulus. She signs up for an Open University Course and is assigned a jaded and dissolute tutor, Frank Bryant (Michael Caine), a... Read More

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  • FROM THE VAULTS: OPEN ASYLUM + Q&A

    The debut feature of Derry filmmaker Colm Villa, Open Asylum is set against the background of late ‘70s/early ‘80s Northern Ireland and portrays the final days in the life of 24-year-old metal worker Tom Bradley, a man frustrated by circumstance.

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  • IFI & AEMI: FILMS FROM PALESTINE

    aemi is delighted to present this programme of artist films from Palestine, curated for this year’s edition of London Short Film Festival by Shasha Movies, an independent streaming service for South-West Asian and North African (SWANA) cinema founded by Róisín... Read More

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  • MYSTERY MATINEE MARCH 2024

    Join us for this month’s screening at 13.00 on Sunday, March 24th. The film chosen could be anything from throughout the history of cinema, from a silent classic to a preview of a hotly anticipated upcoming release.

    Whether it’s a... Read More

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  • CITY OF GOD 21ST ANNIVERSARY RE-RELEASE

    Fernando Meirelles’s Oscar-nominated City Of God is a frenetic, intoxicating crime thriller that follows the diverging paths of two young men growing up in a favela where living outside the law is the norm. Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues), the more timid of... Read More

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  • THE BIGGER PICTURE: AMERICAN HONEY

    Andrea Arnold’s first foray into American culture is this episodic road movie, set against some unexpectedly stunning landscapes, following the trip of a subscription magazine sales crew, into which then newcomer Sasha Lane jumps to escape a broken home. Shot... Read More

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  • IFI ENCOUNTERS: WHITE PLASTIC SKY

    Welcome to IFI Encounters, a new recurring programming strand that aims to highlight films from the international festival circuit that otherwise might go unseen by IFI audiences. The films will always be recent, unconventional, and (we think) exceptional.

    The year... Read More

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  • WILD STRAWBERRIES: THE OLD OAK

    The impact of housing Syrian refugees in a disenfranchised north of England town is deftly depicted by veteran filmmaker Ken Loach, and his long-term collaborator, Paul Laverty. Such is the level of economic neglect that when a coachload of Syrians... Read More

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  • BIRDSONG + Q&A

    Ornithologist Seán Ronayne from Cobh, Co. Cork is on a mission to record the sound of every bird species in Ireland – that’s nearly 200 birds. Often joined by his partner Alba, he travels to some of the country’s most... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: GAEILGE ABÚ! (PROGRAMME 1)

    Join us for free films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect tickets at the IFI Box Office, or book your ticket on our website for a small fee! In celebration of Seachtain na Gaeilge.

    PROGRAMME ONE

    GNÓ GACH... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: GAEILGE ABÚ! (PROGRAMME 2)

    Join us for free films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect tickets at the IFI Box Office, or book your ticket on our website for a small fee! In celebration of Seachtain na Gaeilge.

    PROGRAMME TWO

    POBAL Pobal... Read More

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  • IFI & GALPAL COLLECTIVE: DIRECTED BY HER 2024

    Directed by Her is an annual event held at the Irish Film Institute to celebrate International Women’s Month. This includes a curated short form programme with works directed by Irish women and those within the FLINTA* community, ranging from drama,... Read More

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  • JEAN EUSTACHE: EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS

    A DIRTY STORY (UNE SALE HISTOIRE)

    50 mins, France, 1977, Digital, Black & White, Subtitled

    A fascinating investigation into the relationship between fiction and documentary, verbal and visual storytelling, and personal and universal desires. In the first... Read More

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  • JEAN EUSTACHE: NARRATIVE SHORTS

    ROBINSON’S PLACE (DU CÔTÉ DE ROBINSON)

    40 mins, France, 1963, Digital, Black & White, Subtitled

    Aristide Demonico and Daniel Bart play Parisian friends who try to pick up the same young woman. Their competitive barbs and repeated... Read More

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  • JEAN EUSTACHE: THE VIRGIN OF PESSAC ‘79

    Eleven years after the first La Rosière de Pessac, Jean Eustache filmed another documentary about his hometown’s annual coronation of a young woman of upstanding moral integrity. The differences between the ritual in 1968 and in 1979 are subtle yet telling: the... Read More

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  • JEAN EUSTACHE: MY LITTLE LOVES

    Jean Eustache’s second and final narrative feature, My Little Loves, follows Daniel (Martin Loeb) as he navigates the bewildering world of early adolescence. Living with his grandmother (Jacqueline Dufranne) in a sleepy village outside of Bordeaux, Daniel enjoys a carefree... Read More

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  • JEAN EUSTACHE: THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE

    After the French New Wave, the sexual revolution, and May ’68 came The Mother and the Whore, the legendary, autobiographical magnum opus by Jean Eustache that captured a disillusioned generation navigating the post-idealism of the 1970s within the microcosm... Read More

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  • JEAN EUSTACHE: THE VIRGIN OF PESSAC

    As political and social tumult rocked France in May and June of 1968, Jean Eustache used his first documentary to focus on persistent tradition in the form of a centuries-old ceremony in his hometown of Pessac. Each year, Pessac’s... Read More

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  • JEAN EUSTACHE: NUMÉRO ZÉRO

    Before paying homage to his grandmother Odette Robert in the autobiographical My Little Loves, Eustache made Numéro Zéro, a documentary portrait in which Robert answers questions about her difficult Bordeaux upbringing, contentious marriage, and traumatic wartime experiences. In excavating... Read More

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  • THE ORIGIN OF EVIL

    The spectre of Patricia Highsmith looms large over Sébastien Marnier’s ingeniously plotted mystery, a tale of deception, cross, and double cross set against the fading grandeur of a sprawling family mansion, boasting a central character every bit as slippery and... Read More

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  • OPUS: RYUICHI SAKAMOTO

    On March 28th, 2023, legendary composer Ryuichi Sakamoto passed away after his struggle against cancer. In the years leading up to his death, Sakamoto could no longer perform live. Single concerts, not to mention sprawling global tours, were too... Read More

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  • THE DELINQUENTS

    Moran (Daniel Elias), a disaffected Buenos Aires bank employee, steals several hundred thousand dollars and blackmails his colleague Ramon (Esteban Bigliardi) into hiding the money until he has served his prison sentence – no more than three and a... Read More

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  • ROBOT DREAMS

    This Oscar-nominated, dialogue-free feature animation comes from the director of the riveting Blancanieves. For this tender animation, Berger turns to 1980s New York and the friendship between a lonely dog and a robot. The city is without humans but... Read More

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  • BALTIMORE + Q&A

    Born into a life of wealth and privilege, English debutante Rose Dugdale defies her family’s expectations for a good marriage and goes instead to Oxford, where the seeds of her political radicalisation are sown. Amongst the political turmoil of... Read More

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  • BALTIMORE

    Born into a life of wealth and privilege, English debutante Rose Dugdale defies her family’s expectations for a good marriage and goes instead to Oxford, where the seeds of her political radicalisation are sown. Amongst the political turmoil of... Read More

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  • MY FRIEND LANRE + Q&A

    Irish filmmaker Leo Regan draws on decades of footage to portray the complex life of his friend, photographer Lanre Fehintola. Their friendship began as photography students in London in the early ‘90s. In 1998 Leo directed and Lanre featured... Read More

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  • MY FRIEND LANRE

    Irish filmmaker Leo Regan draws on decades of footage to portray the complex life of his friend, photographer Lanre Fehintola. Their friendship began as photography students in London in the early ‘90s. In 1998 Leo directed and Lanre featured... Read More

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  • MONSTER

    All is not what it seems in Kore-eda’s powerful tale of classroom bullying, and the ensuing moral and ethical dilemmas, scored by the late Ryuichi Sakamoto (see Opus: Ryuichi Sakamoto, also screening this month). Minato (Soya Kurokawa), an intense,... Read More

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  • BANEL & ADAMA

    Banel and Adama are fiercely in love. The young couple live in a remote village in northern Senegal and for them, nothing else in the world exists. However, their perfect everlasting love seems on a collision course with their... Read More

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  • DO NOT EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM THE END OF THE WORLD

    Radu Jude’s latest unclassifiable provocation comprises a frantic day in the life of Angela Raducanu (Ilinca Manolache), a production assistant traversing the city of Bucharest, interviewing potential candidates to appear in a workplace safety video, commissioned by an Austrian... Read More

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  • SHOWING UP

    A sculptor preparing to open a show must balance her creative life with the ongoing dramas of family and friends in Kelly Reichardt’s gentle, acutely observed portrait of the daily stresses and strains of artistic endeavour. Michelle Williams, in... Read More

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  • NORTH CIRCULAR WITH LIVE OVERTURE + Q&A

    This musical odyssey, traveling the length of Dublin’s North Circular Road, from the Phoenix Park to Dublin Port, explores the history, music and residents of this richly storied street. Infused with warmth and Dublin wit, the film celebrates the... Read More

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  • COPA 71

    It is August 1971. Football teams from England, Argentina, Mexico, France, Denmark, and Italy are gathering at Mexico City’s sun-drenched Azteca Stadium. The scale of the tournament is monumental: lavish sponsorship, extensive TV coverage, merchandise on every street corner and... Read More

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  • YOUR FAT FRIEND

    Aubrey Gordon writes anonymously with candour and humour as ‘Your Fat Friend’ about what it means to be a very fat woman in the world. Her searingly honest writing debunks the lies peddled by the diet and wellness industry and... Read More

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  • IRISH FOCUS: I MUST AWAY

    Dennis left Ireland during the financial crisis to find work abroad. Hashem, a politician, fled Bangladesh for Spain when a change in government triggered threats to his life. Alicia left Peru for Chile, and then Chile for Spain, after falling... Read More

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  • EAFFI 2024: IN-CONVERSATION: KAZUHIRO SODA AND CHUTI CHANG

    The East Asia Film Festival Ireland brings key film talents from East Asia to Irish audiences whether this is through our cinema screenings, commissioned online interviews or hosting in-person visits. We are delighted to welcome Japanese documentary filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda... Read More

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  • EAFFI 2024: YANG: A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY

    Deeply personal epic A Brighter Summer Day immortalises the moment when teen pop culture went global, forging an effervescent but lasting bridge between East and West. Set in the early sixties in Taiwan and based on the true story of... Read More

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  • EAFFI 2024: YANG: YI YI

    Sublime magnum opus Yi Yi (A One and a Two . . .), winner of the Best Director Award at Cannes, follows a middle-class family in Taipei over the course of one year, beginning with a wedding and ending with... Read More

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  • EAFFI 2024: YANG: THAT DAY, ON THE BEACH

    One of the greatest debuts of the 20th Century, That Day, on the Beach, the first feature for both Yang and cinematographer Christopher Doyle, stars Sylvia Chang and Terry Wu as old friends reuniting after thirteen years apart. “There’s a... Read More

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  • EAFFI 2024: YANG: A CONFUCIAN CONFUSION

    Art versus commerce, friendship versus status, independence versus conformity — values clash and collide in Yang’s study of an increasingly Westernised country heading into the twenty-first century without moral guideposts. Moving from breakout hit A Brighter Summer Day’s investigation of... Read More

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  • EAFFI 2024: WALK UP

    Walk Up is the 28th feature from prolific South Korean favourite Hong Sang-soo. This is a delightful, humorous, existential drama, where time circles elliptically and the story unfolds up and down in the floors of a Seoul apartment building. Byungsoo, a well-known filmmaker, visits... Read More

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  • EAFFI 2024: ELEGIES

    Celebrated Hong Kong New Wave auteur writer-director-producer Ann Hui returns with a personal, evocative, joyful, and beautiful documentary portrait of contemporary poets from Hong Kong.

    This is an ode to the city of Hong Kong in a state of transition, devoted... Read More

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  • EAFFI 2024: SOLIDS BY THE SEASHORE

    This tender, atmospheric debut from Thai director Patiparn Boontarig, set in a coastal town in southern Thailand, uniquely tackles climate change, tradition, identity, and LGBT love. Shati, a Muslim from a conservative family, works at the local art gallery where she meets Fon,... Read More

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  • EAFFI 2024: SNOW LEOPARD

    Snow Leopard, written and directed by late Tibetan writer/filmmaker Pema Tseden (1969–2023) (Jinpa, EAFFI 2021), was completed just weeks before his sudden death last year. He leaves us a beautiful, magical tale told in two parts, a surreal venture in the distant past,... Read More

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  • EAFFI 2024 & AEMI: MAN IN BLACK + FÜR BETTINA

    East Asia Film Festival Ireland is delighted to partner once again with aemi to bring Irish artist film directly into conversation with East Asian cinema. This year, the Irish premiere of Wang Bing’s Man in Black – an extraordinary hour-long... Read More

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  • EAFFI 2024: ONLY THE RIVER FLOWS

    Adapted from Yu Hua’s novel Mistakes by the River, this third feature from Chinese writer-director Wei Shunjun (Ripples of Life, EAFFI 2022) is set in the 1990s in the rural town of Banpo, Southern China. Ma Zhe (Zhu Yilong), chief... Read More

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  • EAFFI 2024: THE CATS OF GOKOGU SHRINE + Q&A

    Gokogu, an ancient Shinto shrine in Ushimado near the Seto Inland Sea in Japan, is home to dozens of street cats, and is also known as Cat Shrine. People visit to worship, to garden, or tend to the shrine, while... Read More

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  • CAREERS IN SCREEN 2024

    Now in its seventh year, IFI Careers in Screen is a day-long event for young people aged 15-18. With a mix of talks, Q&As, and presentations, it’s a chance for anyone interested in a future in Ireland’s screen industries to... Read More

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  • IFI & GATE THEATRE: THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT

    30th anniversary screening!

    With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Tick, Adam and Bernadette journey across the Australian Outback in their battered, pink tour bus “Priscilla”, along the way encountering various groups and... Read More

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  • IFI International: February 2024

    9 February // Ciné Gael Montréal // Ann // J.A. DeSève Cinema, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada

    23 February // Ciné Gael Montréal // Sunlight // J.A. DeSève Cinema, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

    29 February –... Read More

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  • IFI FAMILY: MIGRATION

    A brand new animation from Illumination, the creators of Minions, Despicable Me, Sing and The Secret Life of Pets. Directed by Benjamin Renner (Ernest and Celestine), this action-packed original comedy invites you to take flight into the thrill of the... Read More

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  • WICKED LITTLE LETTERS

    A sleepy seaside village in 1920s Sussex is rocked by a plague of elaborately profane poison pen letters in Thea Sharrock’s delightfully foul-mouthed comedy, which gives free reign to the considerable comedic talents of Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley to... Read More

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  • PERFECT DAYS

    Wim Wenders’s return to fiction filmmaking is a poignant character study that extols the virtues of simplicity and humility in its portrait of a man who appears to be genuinely contented with his lot, such as it is. Hirayama (Kôji... Read More

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  • THE TASTE OF THINGS

    From Trân Anh Hùng, the Vietnamese director of The Scent of Green Papaya (1993) and At the Height of Summer (2000) comes this typically sumptuous and sensuous celebration of love and the culinary arts. In late-nineteenth century France, Eugénie (Juliette... Read More

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  • IFI International: January 2024

    11-15 January // Norient Festival // North Circular // Kino Reitschule, Bern, Switzerland

    19-28 January // Chandler International Film Festival // An Cailín Ciúin [The Quiet Girl], An Irish Goodbye // LOOK Dine-In Cinemas, Chandler, AZ, USA... Read More

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  • THE ZONE OF INTEREST

    In the postscript to his titular novel, from which Jonathan Glazer’s film takes its title and situation but virtually nothing else, Martin Amis refers to Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi being told by one of the concentration camp’s guards, “there is... Read More

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  • ALL OF US STRANGERS

    With 45 Years (2015), director Andrew Haigh displayed a Bergmanesque mastery of portraying emotional devastation. Starring Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott, actors already known to excel in roles of surpassing emotional intensity, whether in Aftersun (Charlotte Wells, 2022) or Simon... Read More

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  • The Graceless Age – The Ballad of John Murry

    John Murry was on the cusp of greatness with his highly acclaimed album The Graceless Age (2013) when, addicted to heroin and creatively exhausted, he washed up on Irish shores a broken man. Now, he is ready to retrace his... Read More

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  • I Dream in Photos

    This documentary profile explores the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Cathal McNaughton, who quit “the best job in the world” at the peak of his career aged just 40. As chief photographer for Reuters in India, McNaughton... Read More

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  • IFI International: November 2023

    US non-theatrical tour of An Cailín Ciúin [The Quiet Girl] and An Irish Goodbye, in association with Super Ltd and Network Ireland Television 4 November // Irish Repertory Theater // New York, NY 7 November // Berry College //... Read More

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  • Quintessentially Irish

    [IFI International title – full details pending]

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  • IFI International: October 2023

    4-8 October // The Irish Festival of Oulu // An Cailín Ciúin [The Quiet Girl], The Banshees of Inisherin, My Sailor, My Love // Cultural Centre Valve, Oulu, Finland

    05 October – 05 November // Irish Film... Read More

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  • John Behan – Odyssey

    John Behan RHA is Ireland’s best-known living sculptor. He is as busy as ever in his early 80s, with regular exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. In addition to this heavy workload, he feels so strongly about the suffering of refugees... Read More

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  • IFI International: September 2023

    13-28 September 2023 // British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg // A Greyhound of a Girl, The Miracle Club, Ballywalter, Sunlight, The Eternal Daughter, Breaking Out, The Ghost of Richard Harris, An Irish Goodbye, Movers and Shapers, Nothing to... Read More

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  • Barber

    Val Barber (Aidan Gillen), a private investigator, is hired by a wealthy widow (Deirdre Donnelly) to find her missing granddaughter, Sara. The search gets murky as long-buried secrets – including Barber’s own – come to the surface, and new and... Read More

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  • IFI International: August 2023

    11-26 August // Heimat Europa Film Festspiele // North Circular // Pro-Winzkino Hunsrück, Simmern, Germany

    20-27 August // SANFIC – Santiago International Film Festival // Sunlight // Santiago de Chile, Chile

    18-31 August // European... Read More

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  • My Lost Russian Mother

    Irish filmmaker Sam Jones, in his first feature documentary, welcomes the newfound friendship of US citizen Gabe, and follows him to a remote Russian village in search of the mother he and his sister were taken from in childhood when... Read More

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  • The United Irishmen

    The names of the United Irishmen – Theobald Wolfe Tone, Robert Emmet, William Drennan, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, and Mary Ann McCracken – have become the stuff of legend, but the reality of what they achieved is often forgotten. In their... Read More

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  • Ó Bhéal

    A cinematic exploration of the rise of Hip Hop and Electronic artists in Ireland embracing oral traditions of folklore, ancient poetry and sean nós singing to create a new fusion sound, a culture clash through music.

    An ensemble piece, featuring... Read More

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  • All You Need is Death

    Young couple Anna and Aleks collect folk ballads, the rarer the better. Following a tip from a fellow collector, they secretly record a song so ancient that it is in a forgotten dialect. However, once they begin to translate the... Read More

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  • Ceist an Taibhse

    A talented mandolin player who prefers his own company, discovers an unexpected sparring partner in a remote place. After taking the time to listen to himself, he realises that his talent must be shared in order to progress.

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  • I Must Away

    Dennis left Ireland in the midst of the global financial crisis in order to find work abroad. Hashem was a politician in Bangladesh, but had to flee for Spain after a change in government and threats on his life. Alicia... Read More

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  • Terraforma

    The remote volcanic island of Ascension sat smouldering for a million years, largely devoid of life, until its radical transformation by process of ‘terraforming’ into a tropical paradise.

    But there is more to this island than meets the eye. The... Read More

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  • Imogen from the Heart

    IFI International [synopsis pending]

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  • Clodagh

    IFI International [synopsis pending]

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  • Verdigris

    Trapped in a marriage with a controlling husband, middle-aged, middle-class Marian takes on a secret part-time job as a census enumerator. The job is no picnic. On her tough inner-city route, she faces dismissive and abusive locals who flatly refuse... Read More

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  • Apocalypse Clown

    A troupe of failed clowns and an intrepid reporter embark on a chaotic road trip of self-discovery after a mysterious solar event plunges the world into anarchy. When international clown master Jean DuCoque dies suddenly, Bobo (David Earl), a hobo... Read More

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  • Face Down

    On December 27th 1973, German businessman, factory manager, and honorary consul Thomas Niedermayer was kidnapped from his home in Belfast. He was never seen alive again by friends or family. He became one of the ‘disappeared’, and it seemed that... Read More

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  • IFI International: July 2023

    14 July at 15:30 // Galway Film Fleadh: Culture Ireland and IFI International in partnership with Screen Ireland: Networking at the Fleadh // Galmont Hotel, Galway, Ireland

    The IFI International programme is supported by Culture Ireland.

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  • OPPENHEIMER (70MM)

    Exclusively showing at IFI on the director’s preferred 70mm format, Oppenheimer stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the ‘father of the atomic bomb’, whose achievements were mired in guilt at the devastation his work unleashed, and how the continued... Read More

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  • Stolen

    Stolen tells the story of how women who had the misfortune to fall pregnant ‘out of wedlock’ were treated in an Ireland dominated by the Catholic Church. Between 1922 and 1998 over 80,000 unmarried mothers were incarcerated in Irish church-run... Read More

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  • One Night in Millstreet

    A prizefight between underdog Steve ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Collins and champion Chris ‘Simply the Best’ Eubank grips and encapsulates an entire nation as it emerges from depression towards previously unimagined prosperity. [TBC, IFI International]

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  • Poor Things

    The incredible tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter.

    [IFI International]

    Awards: Golden Lion Award for Best Film, Venice International Film Festival, 2023... Read More

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  • Prospect House

    A group of protesters film a period re-enactment in a dilapidated 18th century house in a last ditch effort to save it from demolition. [IFI International]

    Awards: Best New Irish Feature Award, Cork International Film Festival, 2023

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  • Five and a Half Love Stories in an Apartment in Vilnius, Lithuania

    A collection of intertwined stories told through the eyes of an old AirBnB apartment. Within the walls of this apartment, we witness five guests experiencing a crisis of love, unaware of the stories that have transpired within the same walls... Read More

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  • That They May Face the Rising Sun

    Based on internationally acclaimed Irish author John McGahern’s award winning novel of the same name, That They May Face the Rising Sun is a vivid evocation of nature, humanity and life itself, set in a 1980’s rural community in Ireland.

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  • 406 Days

    Joe Lee (Fortune’s Wheel) focuses on the plight of the 1,000 Irish Debenhams workers who were made redundant in April 2020 when Debenhams UK Retail Ltd. shut all 11 Irish stores including their flagship store on Dublin’s Henry Street.

    The... Read More

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  • Wild Reconnection

    Humans were originally hunter-gatherers and foraging for wild foods and plant medicine was a fundamental skill of our ancestors. Restoring this sacred practice we have always known but yet forgot, may help us awaken our deep-rooted power.

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  • Translating Ulysses

    Kawa Nemir is a walking dictionary of the Kurdish language, wandering from one exile to another, retaining and never forgetting every new word and idiom of his language, wondering how to transfer this collective memory onto paper.

    James Joyce’s... Read More

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  • A Greyhound of a Girl

    11 year old Mary has a huge passion for cooking and dreams of becoming a great chef. Her grandmother Emer, with whom she has a very special relationship, encourages her to make this dream come true, despite the obstacles in... Read More

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  • Lies We Tell

    An orphaned heiress in an isolated manor is forced to adapt to embrace her family’s dark legacy, in this adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu’s Uncle Silas.

    Note: film currently on competitive circuit and not available for screening at cultural festivals

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  • Baltimore

    Wealthy art-loving British heiress Rose Dugdale, radicalised at Oxford, finds herself hiding in a remote cottage in Ireland, following an audacious and violent art heist.

    Gathering at pace beyond the cottage is the biggest police hunt in Irish history. With... Read More

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  • Double Blind

    Seven strangers enrol in an apparently routine drug trial at a pharmaceutical facility, but soon discover an unexpected side effect – they are unable to fall asleep. Concerned for the safety of the patients, the supervising doctor advises the pharmaceutical... Read More

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  • IFI International: June 2023

    2-15 June // Irish Film Festival Tokyo // This Other Eden // Kadokawa Cinema Yurakucho, Tokyo, Japan // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Tokyo

    16-25 June // Europe on Screen Festival // Ann, Sunlight,... Read More

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  • Pub House

    Reeling from a recent separation, a single mother and her young son move into a pub-attached house and fall prey to their invasive new landlord.

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  • The Glenarma Tapes

    On March 13th 2020, five students and two faculty members from the Mid Ulster College of Arts disappeared without trace. They were last seen near the village of Glenarma, over sixty miles away from their campus. Two years later, footage... Read More

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  • Surrender Your Horns

    After snorting a line of powdered horn, a lonely Irishman undergoes a Kafkaesque metamorphosis that turns him into a rhino-head man. Embodying both hunter and hunted, he guides us into an eclectic series of real and fantasy worlds, from the... Read More

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  • IFI International: May 2023

    2-10 May // European Film Festival // Wolfwalkers // Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano [CCFM], Maputo, Mozambique // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Maputo

    4-14 May // Festival Eurocine Colombia // The Cry of Granuaile // Cinema... Read More

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  • Notes from Sheepland

    Notes from Sheepland bursts with candid observations of the lipstick-wearing, always swearing, no-nonsense artist and shepherd, Orla Barry. Through her fields, her digital diaries, and the pedigree sheep she cares for, we discover how the art is in the doing.... Read More

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  • IFI International: April 2023

    31 March-16 April // Visions of Europe Season // This Other Eden // QFT, Belfast, UK

    14 April // Cine Gael Montreal // Arracht // J.A. DeSève Cinema, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

    14-16 April //... Read More

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  • IFI International: March 2023

    2-5 March // Capital Irish Film Festival // An Cailín Ciúin [The Quiet Girl] + Q&A with director Colm Bairéad, Nothing Compares, Ghosts of Baggotonia, The Ghost of Richard Harris, Ballywalter, Homebird, Young Plato + Q&A with director Neasa... Read More

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  • IFI International: February 2023

    1-2 February // St Brigid’s Day: Women Creating Change // The 34th: The Story of Marriage Equality + Q&A with Gráinne Healy // Kino Atlantic, Warsaw, Poland // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Warsaw

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  • Sunlight

    Former addict Leon (Barry Ward) is indebted to Iver (Liam Carney), his friend who helped him back from the edge. Now the tables have turned; Leon is clean and bursting with unbridled energy while Iver is at death’s door. Diagnosed... Read More

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  • Amhras

    Amhras (Doubt) is a tale of love, pride, and unspoken regret. Tom (Philip Coffey) and Simon (Owen Moloney) are brothers who have spent the last 25 years living with a looming sense of injustice. Cast adrift in life as children... Read More

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  • IFI International: January 2023

    6 January // Irish Film Festa Rome takes part in Casa del Cinema’s 13 giorni in festa // Redemption of a Rogue // Casa del Cinema, Rome, Italy

    20-29 January // London Short Film Festival // The... Read More

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  • Belfast

    Kenneth Branagh’s cinematic paean to the city of his birth is a bittersweet, but irresistibly charming, child’s-eye view of growing up at a time when the tension and violence of the Troubles were beginning to exert an increasing hold over... Read More

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  • Piano Dreams

    There are currently 40 million piano students in China. With many practising up to ten hours a day, pianomania has truly gripped the nation. The film follow three young hopefuls and their dedicated families as they chase their dreams in... Read More

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  • The Job of Songs

    Travellers from all over the world gather in the village of Doolin, County Clare, hoping to connect with their Irish heritage through traditional Irish music. But things are changing: facing rapid modernisation at the hands of tourism, confronting depression and... Read More

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  • Joyride

    12-year-old Mully (Charlie Reid) has lost his mother, and discovers his debt-ridden father stealing the charity money they’ve raised in her name. Grabbing the cash, Mully flees the scene, steals a taxi and is shocked to find a woman, Joy... Read More

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  • IFI International: December 2022

    9-11 December // European Food & Film Festival Laos // Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance // Vientiane Center, Vientiane, Laos // Presented in association with Embassy of Ireland, Hanoi

    9-18 December // European Film... Read More

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  • The Artist and the Wall of Death

    When Glaswegian performance artist Stephen Skrynka learns that a life-long obsession with building and riding a century-old fairground attraction, the ‘Wall of Death’, was shared with Michael Donohoe and Connie Kiernan (who built a wall in 1979 and inspired the... Read More

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  • IFI International: November 2022

    4-12 November // Seville European Film Festival // Hole in the Head + Q&A with director Dean Kavanagh // mk2 Cinesur Nervión Plaza, Seville, Spain

    13-25 November // European Film Festival Jordan // Here Before // Amman,... Read More

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  • Klostės

    KlostėsFolds or Pleats — is a black and white, non-verbal feature film created by the people of Kaunas, Lithuania, together with Irish artist and filmmaker, Aideen Barry. The film, which was inspired by Kaunas Architectural Modernism and the... Read More

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  • Clouded Reveries

    Clouded Reveries concerns the life and work of poet and essayist Doireann Ní Ghríofa. Ní Ghríofa was catapulted into the international literary spotlight in 2020 with the publication of her debut novel A Ghost in the Throat. Lauded by the... Read More

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  • Ann

    Based on the true story of the then 15-year-old Ann Lovett, who gave birth in the grotto in Granard; the last day of her life, a girl alone and abandoned by society, its prejudices, taboos, and traditions.

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  • The Ghost of Richard Harris

    In a career spanning five decades, a broad range of film genres and a glittering array of best actor awards, Limerick-born Richard Harris (1930 – 2002) brought an electric presence to both stage and screen. He was nominated for Oscars... Read More

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  • Ghosts of Baggotonia

    An evocative film-poem exploring the literary and other ghosts of the bohemian quarter bordering Dublin’s Baggot Street during the mid-20th century where there was a radical flourishing of artistic and intellectual activity.

    ‘Baggotonia’ was both an area and a cultural... Read More

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  • North Circular

    This musical odyssey traveling the length of Dublin’s North Circular Road, from the Phoenix Park to Dublin Port, explores the history, music and residents of this richly storied street. While exploring many dark narratives from the city’s history, from colonialism,... Read More

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  • Atomic Hope: Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement

    Atomic Hope follows a tiny global movement of unpopular pro-nuclear activists, who strongly believe we need nuclear power in order to decarbonize our energy systems and avoid calamitous climate change. Filmed over a ten-year period, these advocates for nuclear energy... Read More

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  • IFI International: October 2022

    10-12 October // Irish Film Days // Róise & Frank, Doineann [Storm], Breaking Out // Rainbow Theatre, Amman, Jordan // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Amman in partnership with the Royal Film Commission

    11-16... Read More

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  • Mincéir

    Mincéir is a unique piece conveyed in the shape of a 50 minute documentary that brings the audience on a journey across the Irish Travellers’ traditions exploring strong connections with art, their past traditions, present transitions and future views. It... Read More

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  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The perils of petty grievances are imaginatively explored in Oscar-winning writer-director Martin McDonagh’s (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) latest comedy-drama, set on the fictional island of Inisherin off the west coast of Ireland during the time of the Civil War,... Read More

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  • Tarrac

    Aoife Ní Bhraoin returns home to help her father Brendan ‘The Bear’ Ó Briain as he recovers from a heart attack. Day to day they get along fine, but there is so much that has been left unsaid about the... Read More

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  • FUNNY PAGES

    Robert (Daniel Zolghadri), an eighteen-year-old with aspirations to be a cartoonist, rejects the comforts of suburbia and strikes out to make his fortune as a comic book artist. Robert’s tentative friendship with the unhinged Wallace (Matthew Maher), whom he meets... Read More

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  • IFI International: September 2022

    25 August – 16 October // Irish Film Festival Australia // Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance, Love Yourself Today, You Are Not My Mother, Into the West, Young Plato, Let the Wrong One In, An Cailín... Read More

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  • IFI International: August 2022

    4-7 August // Festival DEVAră // Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance // Magna Curia Palace – Sala Șemineului, Deva, Romania // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Bucharest

    5-14 August // Festival... Read More

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  • The Sparrow

    When wild teen Kevin Coyle accidentally causes a tragic incident he does something seemingly unforgivable: he keeps the tragedy a secret. Kevin must watch in horror as the consequences of his lie unfold before his eyes, with the sparrow he... Read More

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  • Aisha

    Aisha (Letitia Wright) lives at a Direct Provision Centre in a state of uncertainty; having fled Nigeria from a violent gang that murdered members of her family, she is desperately trying to find some degree of permanency, where she and... Read More

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  • The Peculiar Sensation of Being Pat Ingoldsby

    This creative documentary investigates the idiosyncratic world of Irish writer Pat Ingoldsby. Ingoldsby’s poems and candid anecdotes bear witness to a visceral relationship with his beloved Dublin and its many social, institutional and architectural changes over 80 years. He is... Read More

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  • How to Tell a Secret

    Robbie Lawlor was diagnosed with HIV at 21 and became one of the youngest people to come out on Irish television. Enda McGrattan, also known as Veda, promised to keep their HIV status a secret but eventually broke free with... Read More

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  • Arena: James Joyce’s Ulysses

    This new feature-length documentary from Adam Low (Seamus Heaney and the Music of What Happens) unlocks Joyce’s masterpiece in all its surprising, poetic, moving, verbose, sexually explicit and endlessly hilarious glory, from its earliest crossed out manuscript pages to the... Read More

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  • Million Dollar Pigeons

    Pigeon racing is now a multi-million dollar industry, attracting high-stakes competitors from all around the globe.

    Pigeon fanciers register their prize racers, box them up and dispatch them to faraway places to compete in a series of lucrative races, but... Read More

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  • Continuing Traditions

    Acclaimed Indian classical musician and composer Ustad Wajahat Khan and much-loved and renowned Irish musician and composer Peadar Ó Riada come together in a unique exploration of the shared musical heritage of their beloved native traditions.

    Compiled from over 40... Read More

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  • IFI International: July 2022

    6 July // London Pride: free screening of The 34th: The Story of Marriage Equality // Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, London

    8 July // Galway Film Fleadh: Networking at the Fleadh // Galway, Ireland // Presented in... Read More

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  • Questionable Treatment

    The subject of an illegal “cure” for autism is discussed by Fiona Pettit O’Leary, a woman who is trying to stop the abuse of vulnerable people.

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  • Hole in the Head

    While Irish director Dean Kavanagh’s latest film sees him take a step away from his previous, more purely experimental work towards a traditional, narrative style, the playful approach to the medium of cinema on display and the healthy dose of... Read More

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  • IFI International: June 2022

    8-15 June // International Filmfest Emden-Norderney // Foscadh [Shelter] // CineStar 5, Emden-Norderney, Germany

    9 June // Mois des fiertés: Pride screening // Queen of Ireland // Cinema Star, Strasbourg, France // Presented in association with the... Read More

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  • Lakelands

    Following a violent attack on a night out, Cian O’Reilly (Éanna Hardwicke), a promising young Gaelic footballer, sustains a life-changing injury. Cian, a young farmer, had been happy with his lot: working contentedly alongside his father (Lorcan Cranitch) on the... Read More

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  • LOLA

    England, 1941, sisters Thomasina and Martha have created a machine, LOLA, that can intercept radio and TV broadcasts from the future. This delightful apparatus allows them to embrace their inner Bowie years before he was even born and place bets... Read More

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  • Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance

    Steps of Freedom, a spectacular performance-based documentary, follows the evolution of Irish dance from humble origins to present-day global phenomenon which sees weekly Irish dance classes held in more than 60 countries around the globe, millions attending theatre shows and... Read More

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  • IFI International: May 2022

    3-15 May // Festival Eurocine // Foscadh [Shelter], Doineann [Storm], Breaking Out // Bogotá [Cinemateca de Bogotá, Cinemanía], Cali [Cinemateca La Tertulia], Medellín [Procinal Las Americas, Colombo Americano], Manizales [Teatro Fundadores], Colombia

    5 May // London Irish... Read More

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  • Vicky

    Following the discovery that her smear test results were incorrect, a fact that had been withheld from her, delaying diagnosis and negatively impacting on treatment for her cervical cancer, Vicky Phelan realised that other women may have been similarly affected.... Read More

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  • IFI International: April 2022

    3 April // Irish Arts Center New York presents Féile na Gaeilge // Arracht // Irish Arts Center // New York, USA

    8-14 April // Irish Film Festival Ottawa [HYBRID] // In person at the Arts Court... Read More

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  • IFI International: March 2022

    3-6 March // Capital Irish Film Festival // Redemption of a Rogue, You Are Not My Mother, Secrets from Putumayo [Segredos do Putumayo], The Tribe of Gods, Brian Friel – Shy Man, Showman, An Irish Goodbye, Here Before, Let... Read More

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  • IFI International: February 2022

    13 February // London Irish Centre and IFI presents // The 34th: The Story of Marriage Equality + Q&A with Vanessa Gildea hosted by Vanessa Monaghan, Chair of the London Irish LGBT Network // London Irish Centre, Camden, London,... Read More

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  • Bring Out the Fear

    A couple in a doomed relationship become trapped in their favourite forest. The endlessly winding paths lead nowhere, the trees never end, the sun never sets, and a sinister presence stalks them, trying to drive them insane. There is no... Read More

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  • Keep it a Secret

    In the early 1970s, the world-class waves of Ireland were uncharted waters for the international surfing community. Amidst the conflict of the Troubles, pioneers in both Dublin and Belfast transcended political hostilities to host the 1972 Eurosurf championship, while every... Read More

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  • IFI International: January 2022

    27-30 January // Internationale Filmwochenende Würzburg [International Film Weekend] // Arracht // Central im Bürgerbräu // Würzburg, Germany

    The IFI International programme is supported by Culture Ireland.

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  • Áine Tyrrell – Irish Troubadour

    An exploration of Irish musician Áine Tyrrell’s journey as she plays Australia’s largest folk festival, Woodford Festival, just north of Brisbane with her new band over New Year’s Eve 2019/20. She has emigrated to Australia, partly to escape domestic violence... Read More

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  • Blarney

    The comedy classic features much-loved Irish actor Jimmy O’Dea, playing a salesman working along the Irish Border who runs into trouble when he encounters jewel thieves. Cross-border rivalry plays out between a Garda, played by Noel Purcell (Moby Dick, 1956... Read More

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  • Nothing Compares

    At the peak of Sinéad O’Connor’s rise to worldwide fame her iconoclastic actions resulted in her exile from the pop mainstream. Focusing on her prophetic words and deeds from 1987-1993, the film reflects on the legacy of this fearless trailblazer... Read More

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  • IFI International: November 2021

    1-30 November // Encuentro de Cine Europeo Argentina // The Silver Branch // Buenos Aires, Argentina // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland Buenos Aires

    4 November // Outdoor Cultural screening of The Silver Branch... Read More

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  • Hillwalkers

    For five city friends, a day out hiking in the Irish countryside takes a turn for the worse when one of them suffers an accident. Forced to take a shortcut off the mountain, the friends cross onto private property in... Read More

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  • You Are Not My Mother

    Char lives in a North Dublin housing estate with her mother, Angela and her grandmother Rita. Lately her mother has been unwell and confined to her bedroom. One day, after being forced to drive Char to school Angela goes missing... Read More

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  • Doineann

    Tomás is a successful television producer. Specialising in investigative journalism, over the years he has made many enemies in Dublin’s criminal underworld. In search of peace and quiet, he and his wife Siobhan take their baby son Oisín to their... Read More

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  • IFI International: October 2021

    6 October // Arracht [Monster] // Cinema Space, Abu Dhabi, UAE // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Abu Dhabi

    16-17 October // Open House at the Chicago Irish American Heritage Center // Brief Encounters:... Read More

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  • The Irish Wedding

    Celebrating the joys of an Irish Wedding in all its pleasant predictability – the requisite chats about the weather, the haggle over the beef or salmon, the losing of the  rings, the ditching of the heels, the intergenerational whirl around... Read More

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  • Lyra

    An emotive, intimate film on the life and death of acclaimed young Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee, whose murder by the New IRA in April 2019 sent shockwaves across the world. Directed by her close friend Alison Millar, the film... Read More

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  • IFI International: September 2021

    1-4 September // EFACIS [the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies] EFACIS Conference 2021: Interfaces and Dialogues // Tomorrow is Saturday, Henry Glassie: Field Work, The Great Book of Ireland. Guests confirmed as panellists:

    Gillian... Read More

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  • Let the Wrong One In

    Matt 16, is a nice kid from Northside Dublin. A little too nice for his own good and it has been holding him back his whole life. He always puts other people’s needs before his own but will he ever... Read More

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  • Here Before

    When a new family moves in next door, their young daughter, Megan, quickly captivates Laura, stirring up painful memories of her own daughter who died several years previously. Before long, Laura’s memories turn to obsession as Megan’s unsettling behaviour begins... Read More

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  • The Queen v Patrick O’Donnell

    The fascinatingly complex story of how Pádraig Ó Dónaill/Patrick O’Donnell, a man from the Donegal Gaeltacht with no overt political affiliations, came to shoot and kill one of the leading figures of the assassination squad The Invincibles, and Ireland’s most... Read More

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  • Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane McGowan

    Crock of Gold – A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan deep dives into the life of the tortured Irish vocalist, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of The Pogues, who famously combined traditional Irish music with the visceral energy... Read More

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  • Untold Secrets

    Untold Secrets voices the experiences of survivors of Ireland’s Mother & Baby Homes, and focuses on the life and upbringing of one survivor, Anne Silke, who was fostered out of the Bon Secours Mother & Baby Home in Tuam. A... Read More

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  • Who We Love

    Lily, a girl with a secret, is on the cusp of becoming a young woman. With her best friend, the fiercely loyal and flamboyant Simon, she navigates the treacherous waters of school life. When a misunderstanding with the beautiful and... Read More

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  • Ryan McMullan: Debut

    Ryan McMullan and his musical team gather on Cruit Island, Co Donegal for an intense 4-day recording and listening session as they work on Ryan’s debut album, a pivotal moment in his career. Against the majestic landscape, we meet singer/songwriter... Read More

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  • IFI International: August 2021

    11-15 August // Serile Filmului Romanesc // Adam & Paul: The 12th edition of the festival is dedicated to the actor and director Ion Caramitru who will be in attendance. // Iași, Romania // Presented in association with the... Read More

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  • The 8th

    The 8th traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the 8th Amendment – a constitutional ban on abortion, and shows a country’s transformation from a conservative state in thrall to the Catholic church to a more liberal secular society. The film includes voices... Read More

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  • Ballywalter

    A university drop-out living with her mum, and making money as an unlicensed minicab driver, picks up a budding stand-up comic whose marriage has recently broken up. A bittersweet life-affirming story about the unexpected connections that can change the course... Read More

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  • Black Medicine

    A black-market medic carrying out illegal operations for the criminal underworld gives refuge to a young girl, and must choose between breaking her medical oath or crossing her ruthless employers.

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  • Bicycle Thieves: Pumped Up

    Mags, a hot-headed pizza delivery cyclist who reckons herself to be entirely self-sufficient, is just about getting by during the property crisis in Dublin. When her bike is stolen and she loses her job, her eviction seems inevitable. With nowhere... Read More

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  • Love Yourself Today

    Every Christmas in Dublin, the crowds gather for Damien Dempsey’s Christmas gig at Vicar Street. For many, these shows have become a cathartic ritual, a safe space where emotions can be laid bare.

    We meet Dempsey and three members of... Read More

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  • IFI International: July 2021

    17 July // Pride event // The 34th: The Story of Marriage Equality // Letní kino Kinská, Prague, Czech Republic // Presented by the Embassy of Ireland, Prague, in association with Mezipatra Queer Film Festival

    21 July... Read More

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  • Groundswell

    In 2011, Ireland became a frontline state as the oil and gas industry attempted to introduce the controversial practice known as Hydraulic Fracturing – or “fracking” – into Europe. A ten year groundswell campaign started in the border counties of... Read More

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  • À propos de Joan

    At the corner of a street in Paris, Joan Verra runs into her first love, a once young Irishman. Overwhelmed, she leaves for her country house and revisits the last 40 years, building a fantasized picture of her life. Her... Read More

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  • Pure Grit

    Pure Grit is a thrilling tale of extreme bareback horse racing, and an intimate love story chronicling three years in the life of a young Native American woman on the Wind River Reservation in Northern Wyoming. Sharmaine, a former horse... Read More

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  • Young Plato

    Headmaster Kevin McArevey illustrates how critical thinking and pastoral care can empower and encourage children to see beyond the boundaries and limitations of their own community, in a marginalized, working class community in Belfast’s Ardoyne, which for generations has been... Read More

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  • IFI International: June 2021

    10-27 June // EU Film Festival Chile [online] // Redemption of a Rogue // Santiago de Chile // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Santiago de Chile

    12 June // CraicFest presents: Craic LGBT Film... Read More

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  • IFI International: May 2021

    6-8 May // EU Film Festival Malawi // The Camino Voyage [7th May] // Lilongwe, Malawi // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Lilongwe, and the EU Ambassador

    21-23 May // Fundación Iguales en colaboración... Read More

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  • Broken Law

    The story of two estranged brothers on opposite sides of the law; Dave Connolly is a respected member of the Garda Síochána but his loyalty to the force is tested by his ex-convict brother Joe following a botched robbery. Suddenly... Read More

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  • IFI International: April 2021

    1-10 April [Postponed from 13-22 January] // Panorama of European Films // Arracht // Karim Cinema and Zamalek Cinemas // Cairo, Egypt // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Cairo

    9-13 April // Irish Film... Read More

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  • Gaze on Tour 2020

    The GAZE on Tour 2020 Irish LGBT shorts programme spans an array of Irish talent from all sides of the border creating an excitingly diverse collection of drama, animation and documentary.

    This programme, curated for GAZE festival 2020, reflects the... Read More

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  • To All My Darlings

    Yet another tragic miscarriage sends Adaeze’s life out of kilter. The medical diagnosis that further pregnancy attempts will be difficult means Adaeze must face the reality of the situation with her husband, Nonso. Adaeze evaluates the emptiness now left inside... Read More

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  • The Yellow Dress

    To help her mother regain her joie de vivre after breast cancer and to cushion the blow of her father’s news, sassy 14-year old Aisling sets her up on what she hopes will be the perfect date but when the... Read More

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  • Son

    From acclaimed writer/director Ivan Kavanagh, Son is a bold and unnerving character driven horror film, in the vein of Hereditary, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Babadook. Having escaped from a cult as a child, a mother must face her past when... Read More

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  • The Hunger: The Story of the Irish Famine

    Narrated by Liam Neeson, this landmark documentary marks the 175th anniversary of the start of the Great Irish Famine and provides a comprehensive guide to one of most defining moments in Irish history which led to the loss of over... Read More

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  • IFI International: March 2021

    4-8 March // Chicago Irish Film Festival // The Edge of Chaos, The Evening Redness in the South, I Never Cry, The Winter Lake, Arracht, The Hunger, A Call to Arts, Tomorrow is Saturday, Violet Gibson: The Irish Woman... Read More

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  • The Funeral Director

    Gillian Marsh’s portrait of David McGowan, a Sligo funeral director, confronts the business of death and how it is ritualised within Irish society, where we are known to grieve better than anyone else. With unprecedented access to the procedures, science... Read More

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  • IFI International: January 2021

    23-27 January // Al Ain Film Festival // Arracht // Screening on 24th and 26th at Star Cinema, Bawadi Mall, Al Ain, UAE // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE

    The... Read More

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  • DannyBoy

    Daniel Buckley (Darragh Byrne) is a nervous teen with a stutter, struggling to navigate his way in small-town 80s Ireland, trying to woo costume designer Carla while taking driving lessons from nerdy Donna.

    Having to grow up quickly following... Read More

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  • The Great Book of Ireland

    Renowned Irish documentarian Alan Gilsenan explores The Great Book of Ireland, a lavish vellum manuscript dubbed a “modern-day Book of Kells”. This extraordinary tome contains the original work of 9 composers, 121 artists and 144 poets including Eavan Boland, Samuel... Read More

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  • IFI International -extras-postponed programme-Nov2020

    4-6 September // Irish Film Weekend presented by Irish Film Festival Russia // Animals, Comedy shorts: Procession, A Quack Too Far, Father Father, Psychic, Mary, Ghost Gaff, The Ladies, Barbershop; Dark Lies the Island, The Last Right // Moskino... Read More

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  • An Cailín Ciúin

    Even before its release, Colm Bairéad’s debut feature has, quite rightly, become one of the most lauded and garlanded Irish films of recent years. Adapted from Foster, a short story by Claire Keegan, it centres on nine-year-old Cáit, a shy... Read More

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  • IFI International: November 2020

    8 November // European Arthouse Cinema Day // A Bump Along the Way // Spazju Kreattiv Cultural Centre // Valletta, Malta // Presented by the Embassy of Ireland, Valletta

    19-29 November [Online + Rescheduled from 13-17 May]... Read More

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  • Tomorrow is Saturday

    Tomorrow is Saturday is an intimate portrait of the life and work of Irish collage artist Sean Hillen. Diagnosed in his late 50s with Aspergers, Hillen has reached a point where he finds it almost impossible to work in his... Read More

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  • IFI International: October 2020

    2-4 October // Immagini e Suono del Mondo [Ethnomusicological film festival] // Lomax in Éireann // Firenze, Italy

    4-11 October // ZagrebDox: International Documentary Film Festival // The Camino Voyage [VOD for 60 days in Croatia] //... Read More

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  • Ouch!

    A funny and touching examination of life on either side of a foreskin divide.

    Also available as part of Wardrop’s Shorts, a programme of five shorts directed by Ken Wardrop and produced by Andrew Freedman.

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  • Bongo Bong

    A little commentary from the valley of the squinting windows.

    Also available as part of Wardrop’s Shorts, a programme of five shorts directed by Ken Wardrop and produced by Andrew Freedman.

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  • Bojayá: Caught in the Crossfire

    Bojayá: Caught In The Crossfire follows the story of LeynerPalacios, a community leader and Nobel peace prize nominee, who lost 32 relatives in one massacre. The 2002 Bojayá massacre was and remains, one of the worst mass atrocities in Colombia’s... Read More

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  • IFI International: September 2020

    6 September // LGBT Film Festival Poland launch event // Queen of Ireland // Warsaw, Poland // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Warsaw

    12 September // Gasra na Gaeilge and The Adelaide Irish Club... Read More

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  • Town of Strangers

    There are only two stories: a person goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.

    A stranger arrives to a rural village and calls for auditions asking people to tell her ‘dreams, lies, memories and gossip’.

    Together, they... Read More

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  • Hostage to the Devil

    A child possessed. An exorcist locked in combat with an ancient evil. Using firsthand interviews, dramatic reconstruction, archival evidence and Martin’s own words, this documentary film tells the true story of Father Malachi Martin, and asks, in the battle for... Read More

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  • Lost in France

    Chemikal Underground has been Scotland’s premier indie label since its establishment in the 1990s, releasing work by a diverse range of fondly-remembered groups such as Bis, Magoo, and Urusei Yatsura, although the label’s greatest successes came from Arab Strap, Mogwai,... Read More

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  • Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

    Bloodlight And Bami – Jamaican patois for the red light of a recording studio and bread – follows the incomparable Grace Jones across the globe as she visits family in Jamaica, appears on French television, and performs in Dublin’s Olympia... Read More

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  • Situations Vacant

    There’s only three ways to succeed in life…lie, lie and lie. Situations Vacant is a contemporary comedy set in the world of Dave Bracken. It’s a film about self esteem, how to have it, how to lose it and how... Read More

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  • Essential Killing

    The film follows the story of Mohammed, who is captured by the US military in Afghanistan and transported to a secret military black site. When the army convoy he is riding in plummets off a steep hill, Mohammed finds himself... Read More

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  • This Must be the Place

    Cheyenne, a wealthy former rock star now living in listless retirement in Dublin, embarks on a quest to find his father’s persecutor, a Nazi war criminal hiding out in the US. Estranged from his father for over 30 years, Cheyenne... Read More

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  • Albert Nobbs

    19th century Ireland; a woman with no husband or family and without work would face a bleak life of poverty and loneliness. Albert, a shy butler who keeps himself to himself, has been hiding a deep secret for years –... Read More

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  • Greta

    When Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds a handbag on the subway, she doesn’t think twice about tracking down its rightful owner, who turns out to be Greta (Isabelle Huppert), a lonely piano teacher in desperate need of company. Struggling to... Read More

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  • Babygirl

    Babygirl, the second feature from Armagh-born writer-director Macdara Vallely, revisits the world of troubled teens which he first explored in Peacefire (2010). Set in the Bronx, Babygirl is an unsettling drama about a Puerto Rican teenager (Yainis Ynoa) who finds... Read More

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  • Lotus Eaters

    For Alice, an ex-model and struggling actress, for Charlie, a sweet and gifted musician who has lost all control of his life; and for Felix, with nothing in his head and a teenage girlfriend whom he’s been trying to leave... Read More

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  • The Last Right

    A comedy-drama road movie telling the story of a man bringing the body of someone he barely knows for burial with his family. His good intentions are motivated by trying to patch up his relationship with his own brother. However,... Read More

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  • Finky

    A psychological drama telling the story of Micí Phincí Ó Foghlú, a young musician with a tragic past who is crippled in a car accident. He is given a chance at redemption when he is recruited by a violent avant-garde... Read More

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  • Sonja: Queen of Ice

    The inventor of modern ice skating, Sonja Henie was always surrounded by her family, never alone, and with an appetite for money, men, parties and alcohol. After eleven World Championships and three Olympic gold medals as a figure skater, she... Read More

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  • Limbo

    Twenty-four hours in the life of a young Irish mother and child as they battle homelessness while living in emergency accommodation.

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  • Cellar Door

    Racing from young love to tortured loss and back again this story follows Aidie, a fighter inside and out, as she searches for her son while in the grip of the Church.

    With a unique point of view on... Read More

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  • She’s Missing

    Heidi and Jane are best friends living in a small town in the desert. When Jane, a Rodeo Queen contestant and military wife goes missing Heidi, now alone in the world, must begin a search across the desert for her... Read More

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  • Vita and Virginia

    Vita and Virginia details the intimate relationship between literary trailblazer Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki) and her muse, the novelist and poet Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton). Drawing on their passionate correspondence, the film celebrates the unconventional and intoxicating relationship which flourished... Read More

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  • The Belly of the Whale

    After breaking free from his foster home, feral teenager Joey Moody returns to Laytown, a rural Irish town just over the horizon, in a bid to reclaim his family’s caravan park and salvage his friendship with his best mate and... Read More

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  • Shooting the Mafia

     

    Sicilian Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first pointed her camera at a brutally slain victim. A woman whose passions led her to eschew traditional family life and become a photojournalist, she found herself... Read More

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  • Get Up and Go

    Coilin and Alex are part of Dublin’s bohemian underworld of musicians, artists and comedians, who eschew hard work in favour of changing the world. But over the course of twenty-four hours of degradation, they are forced to look the real... Read More

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  • Pursuit

    A road movie and thriller, inspired by Irish folk legend, Pursuit is a tale of love, betrayal and revenge, and the pursuit of a life beyond crime, bondage and a shattered dream.

    Notes courtesy of Screen Ireland

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  • Cherry Tree

    Faith is in a bad place. Her Dad, Sean, is ill – she fears he is dying and is haunted by the prospect of a life alone. Faith confides in her teacher and sports coach Sissy – who tells her... Read More

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  • L’Accabadora

    Set in Sardinia, during the bombardment of World War II, Annetta is an Accabadora, a woman who helps people die with dignity, a practice existing in Sardinia until the 1950s. She searches for acceptance and love with a deep desire... Read More

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  • The Surprise

    An eccentric multi-millionaire signs an agreement to have his life ended. While selecting his coffin he meets a young woman who has signed up for the same arrangement. Trouble ensues when the couple fall in love and wish to get... Read More

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  • The Witness

    A junior officer at the Hague Tribunal of Justice, Vince is young and ambitious. Nikola Radin (“the General”) was a highranking officer in the Yugoslav Army. When the wars in Socialist Yugoslavia started, he resigned his post and disappeared into... Read More

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  • Nails

    Paralyzed after a terrible accident, Dana struggles to regain her life and family with she encounters a malevolent ghost in her hospital room. Notes courtesy of Screen Ireland

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  • I am Not a Serial Killer

    When a series of mysterious murders happen in Clayton, a small mid-west town, John Wayne Cleaver, a 16 year old obsessed with serial killers, is suspicious. Fearing he might become a serial killer himself, John makes a list of rules... Read More

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  • Tomato Red

    Oscar-nominated Irish director Juanita Wilson’s second feature is an adaptation of the novel longlisted in 2000 for what was then the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award by ‘country noir’ author Daniel Woodrell, whose work has previously been brought to the... Read More

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  • A Dark Song

    A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.

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  • Love & Friendship

    An adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, a posthumously published early epistolary novella, Love & Friendship sees Whit Stillman transpose his urbane, ironic brand of humour to 18th-century England with delightful results. A director of literary sensibility, Stillman incorporates playful... Read More

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  • Return to Montauk

    It is winter in Montauk, at the far end of Long Island. There are two deck chairs on the windswept beach. The chairs are waiting for two people who have, for a long time, been lost to each other. He... Read More

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  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    Successful heart surgeon Steven (Colin Farrell) is engaged in a bizarre relationship with sixteen-year-old Martin (Barry Keoghan) in Yorgos Lanthimos’s (Dogtooth, 2009; The Lobster, 2015) outstanding new film that pushes the director’s signature style to extremes of inky-black humour and horror.

    Steven introduces Martin to... Read More

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  • Aithrí

    Unequivocal about the need for violence to force Britain out of Ireland, Father Eoin O’Donnell seals the fate of the young and impressionable Antaine by convincing him to fight in the 1916 Rising. Fifty years later, the reappearance of the... Read More

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  • Halal Daddy

    Raghdan Aziz’s new home in the west of Ireland seems to be the perfect getaway from his controlling Bradford-based Muslim father, Amir. However, when Amir lands on his doorstep with a birthday present of the keys to a former abattoir... Read More

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  • Muse

    Samuel Salomon, a literature professor, has been off work for almost a year after the tragic death of his girlfriend. He has been suffering from a recurring nightmare in which a woman is brutally murdered by a strange ritual. Suddenly,... Read More

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  • The Poet, the Shopkeeper and Babu

    The story of Cathal Ó Searcaigh, the Irish gay poet, who spends part of every year in Nepal where he has ‘adopted’ a family and their country. Neasa NÍ Chianáin’s film follows Ó Searcaigh to his adopted home and contrasts... Read More

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  • The Invisible Boy

    When a young girl goes missing in a small town, a troubled fisherman is forced to confront the past that destroyed his family.

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  • Ballast

    Michael, a man living in the rural west of Ireland. In his self imposed isolation he spends his days building something in his workshop with only his dog for companionship. When his life is again shattered Michael must finish constructing... Read More

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  • Reunion

    A former gangster and her estranged son meet at the wake of his father.

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  • Drifting

    Cian and Pat have been joined at the hip since they were kids and have the run of their small town in the midlands. Cian is content to coast through a life of booze and casual hook-ups while Pat has... Read More

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  • Paddy

    It’s the late 70s in London and a new generation is asking questions and finding answers, it’s called PUNK, and it don’t matter what you are or where you’re from.

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  • Algorithm

    When nervy Al has an absurd encounter with a stranger, he begins to question his whole identity. Set in the not too distant future.

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  • Operator

    A self-obsessed call centre worker deals with personal heartbreak, as the world crumbles around him… due to a zombie apocalypse.

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  • Rough

    In post-conflict Northern Ireland, paramilitaries have evolved into street gangs who enforce their own brutal street justice in the form of “punishment” attacks. But when they pass a death sentence on a local dog, they bite off more than they... Read More

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  • The Appointment

    A young man deals with the struggles of everyday life, while trying to get his mother to an important medical appointment.

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  • Stir

    A young woman finds herself a prisoner in the home of an old man who has recently lost his wife. As her desperate attempts to escape accelerate, he soon realises that he has taken on more than he can handle.

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  • Fathoms

    Told through imagery, a tempestuous relationship between a father and son unfolds over a lifetime.

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  • Panic Attack

    Alex, a trans teenager, sets himself a challenge to confront his anxieties about how the world sees him and how he sees himself.

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  • Unlucky

    A couple experience the pain, laughter and uncertainty of fertility treatment, whilst trying to hold their relationship (and beloved cat) alive.

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  • How to Fall in Love in a Pandemic

    A capsule romance accelerates dramatically against the backdrop of the pandemic as two filmmakers are forced to move in together after two weeks of knowing each other.

    Awards: Best Short Documentary, Galway Film Fleadh 2020

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  • Saving the Turf

    A man and his dog travel by tractor to a bog where turf and memories are ignited and the future pondered.

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  • Iarscoláire

    An abandoned school building in Dublin’s City Centre opens its doors to former pupils for one day only.

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  • Spread the Wings

    Despite being forced off the road in the 1980s, sisters Maggie and Nora still travel back to Connemara every summer to rekindle their connection with the land. With their caravans pulled up on the side of the road they recall... Read More

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  • Up & Away

    Up & Away is a short documentary on the 1973 IRA Mountjoy Helicopter Escape, told through the eyes of four men who were in the prison that day.

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  • Dear Little Sophia

    Sophia Murphy writes a letter to her younger self to make sense of the lifelong abuse she suffered at the hands of her father.

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  • We Don’t Choose How

    Homeless artists Jenny and James survive day to day in their tent, living off money collected from street art. When James is confronted with a sudden, life altering event, he must overcome his loss by finding solace and meaning in... Read More

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  • My Other Suit is Human

    Zoe, grieving for her deceased son, has become distant from her emotionally unavailable husband who buries himself in work. Dealing with her grief alone, she seeks refuge in the form of a homemade robot suit. Slowly, she works to rediscover... Read More

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  • Acre Fall Between

    On a desolate Northern Ireland border, a man begins a desperate search for his family knowing the future he feared is nigh.

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  • The Octopus Nest

    Claire and Timothy are chilled to discover that the same strange woman keeps popping up in the background of their holiday snaps. Who is this apparent stalker?

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  • Everything Looks Better in the Sunshine

    Patsy, the traffic warden, after getting clipped by a pushbike while crossing the road, must ‘follow his nose’ to find the girl of his dreams who hit him.

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  • The Dead Hands of Dublin

    Sidney is a failed pianist who comes into possession of a pair of enchanted gloves. Upon wearing them, he soon finds himself playing the piano like a maestro and all his dreams are quickly realised! Just when he thinks he... Read More

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  • Her Song

    The Banshee’s song comforts Peggy as she unspools the threads of her past, weaving myth and reality she tells Eve her devastating story.

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  • Girl and Robot

    A Girl meets a Robot while fleeing across an empty desert. They must work together if they hope to survive their pursuers.

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  • Wet and Soppy

    A man just wants to dry his underwear. Tormented by the weather, he is forced to use the local laundromat each evening, instead of his garden washing line. But another customer is watching him from afar.

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  • Wargame

    A young sheltered boy idolises his older rebellious brother, who is fighting a guerrilla war. But how the young boy thinks war is, and the reality of war are far from similar.

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  • Subconscious Voyage

    The story of a young boy named Brian who tries to escape the hardships of reality.

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  • Method

    “There’s method to the madness.” All Square Boi wants is a cup of tea and he’s willing to face insanity to get it!

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  • Sunday’s Child

    Boy is awoken in the middle of the night, following an entity that may be connected to a group of missing kids.

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  • Dianghlasáil

    Imposing a Lockdown is much easier than lifting one.

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  • The Goose and the Gander

    Overthinking on your first date, what could possibly go wrong?

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  • Legends from the Mists

    The story of how Cnoc Mordaáin was formed. According to local legend there was a giant who terrorised the local people. A hero ‘Ciarain’ sailed across the water to save the people from the giant and in doing so, turned... Read More

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  • Agony Ant

    Ant Hill City is thrown into panic when a giant foot appears. Our hero, Agony Ant, is running out of time to craft the only weapon that can stop it.

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  • Smooth Mouth

    Willy watches his favourite western every night before bed, until this faithful eve in which he takes a bump to the noggin, leaving him in the local old folk’s home, which spurs his own spaghetti western of a situation.

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  • TOT

    After the death of her father, Tot roams through a mystical world carrying her grief with her as she searches for closure.

    Awards: The James Horgan Award for Best Animated Short, Galway Film Fleadh, 2020

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  • Ascending Grace

    First Officer Maedhbh has high hopes for her first day of work. But when she fails to impress her hero, Captain Cara, and with a cabinful of restless passengers, it’s far from what she expected.

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  • Tyre Kickers

    A son, determined to salvage his fractured relationship with his father, embarks on a journey to find a classic car from their past.

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  • The Lucky Man

    A lonely simple-minded barman working in a dead-end pub in the middle of nowhere rural Ireland has a fleeting encounter with a stranger that lights a flicker of something that might have been, or a glimpse of how things could... Read More

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  • Sadhbh

    Sadhbh tells the story of young mother, Claire, who struggles to keep her life together while attempting to present a mask of strength against the judgement of the outside world. But she hides a heartbreaking secret, and sometimes accepting the... Read More

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  • Barriers

    Martin lives an isolated and monotonous life on a farm. He tends to livestock and cares reluctantly for his alcoholic, bedridden father. An encounter with a care worker unearths buried trauma, sending Martin on a journey of reckoning that will... Read More

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  • Expulsion

    Haunted by visions, a young woman revisits an abusive past seeking to expel inner demons and put an end to her torment. However, she soon finds reality is her true horror and it bares the face of man.

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  • Kathleen was Here

    Kathleen is 18 and alone. The system has no place for her now. What does the future hold when the past is all you’ve got? This visually arresting and emotionally-taut tale depicts the ongoing problems surrounding young adults who age... Read More

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  • Nymph

    When betrayal stalks their camping trip, three friends unwittingly conjure up the wild, elemental spirits of vengeful Nature, with horrifying consequences.

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  • IFI International: August 2020

    21-31 August // The Histories and Film Festival in Rasnov (FFIR) // The Wind that Shakes the Barley [25Aug] // Rasnov Citadel, Bucharest, Romania // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Bucharest 26 August – 6 September... Read More

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  • IFI International: July 2020

    11 July // Programming Irish Film Worldwide panel // Galway Film Fleadh // Presented by IFI International and Culture Ireland:

    Dónal Ó Céilleachair, Director The Camino Voyage, Dreamtime Revisited Barry Ward, Actor Extra Ordinary, Dating Amber, Maze Kelly O’Connor,... Read More

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  • Rialto

    At 46, Dubliner Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) has a comfortable life: a managerial job in the city’s docks; a home in a leafy suburb with two healthy teenage children; and a kind loyal wife, Claire (Monica Dolan). But his emotional and... Read More

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  • The Lodgers

    1920, rural Ireland. Anglo Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence (The Lodgers) which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must... Read More

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  • Breaking Out

    Fergus O’Farrell was the charismatic voice of Interference, one of the most influential bands on the Irish music scene in the ’80s and ’90s.  Although diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at a young age, Fergus did not define himself by his... Read More

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  • A Girl from Mogadishu

    This inspiring drama of female empowerment is based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed, Female Genital Mutilation activist. Fleeing a forced marriage in war-torn Somalia in 2006, Ifrah (Aja Naomi King) is trafficked to Ireland where a medical examination when... Read More

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  • Here are the Young Men

    Matthew, a troubled teenager on the cusp of adulthood, finishes school along with the menacing Kearney and nihilistic Rez. In a final summer of excess, Matthew falls in love with his childhood sweetheart Jen, but is dragged into shocking acts... Read More

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  • To the Moon

    A vast compendium of moony sequences combine to create this cinematic ode to the moon. Drawing on a wealth of international cinematic archive (including sequences from the IFI Irish Film Archive) Tadhg O’Sullivan, director and editor extraordinaire, deftly interweaves the... Read More

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  • The Dance

    Michael Keegan-Dolan is one of the most exciting and thought-provoking choreographers working in dance and theatre today. Keegan-Dolan’s latest show, Mám, brought the virtuoso concertina player Cormac Begley, the European musical collective ‘s t a r g a z e’... Read More

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  • Father of the Cyborgs

    A famous neurologist Phil Kennedy made global headlines in the late 1990s for implanting wire electrodes in the brain of a ‘locked-in patient’ to control a computer cursor with their mind. Compared to Alexander Graham Bell in The Washington Post,... Read More

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  • Phil Lynott: Songs for While I’m Away

    Telling the story of a black, working-class boy who comes of age in 1960s Dublin, this feature documentary from maestra Emer Reynolds (The Farthest) paints a warm and detailed portrait of one of Ireland’s greatest rock legends.

    As lead singer... Read More

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  • Shadows

    A gripping psychological thriller following two teenagers on a journey of self-discovery as they dismantle the terrifying obstacles of the world they live in. Confined to an abandoned hotel with their slightly unhinged mother, the siblings live by night and... Read More

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  • The Other Lamb

    Life in her cloistered, self-sufficient commune is the only life Selah has ever known. She has grown up cut off from modern society in a remote forest commune with a band of young women who are presided over by a... Read More

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  • Death of a Ladies Man

    Samuel O’Shea, a hard-drinking womaniser, has seen better days. His second marriage is ending, his first wife and grown children have turned against him, and he has begun seeing strange things. Looking for answers, Samuel discovers he has a terminal... Read More

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  • My New York Year

    New York in the 1990s: after leaving graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a writer, Joanna gets hired as an assistant to Margaret, the stoic and old-fashioned literary agent to J.D. Salinger. Fluctuating between poverty and glamour, she... Read More

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  • Redemption of a Rogue

    Dishevelled Jimmy Cullen returns to Co Cavan after seven years of exile to make peace with his dying father and seek redemption for past sins before he too bids this world farewell. Moments after his arrival, his father breathes his... Read More

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  • Róise & Frank

    Róise is still grieving for her husband, two years after his sudden death. When a stray dog appears on her doorstep it takes her a while to realise who the mysterious animal is — could it be her late husband... Read More

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  • Foscadh

    When his over-cosseting parents pass away reclusive John Cunliffe is suddenly propelled into manhood at the ripe old age of twenty-six. After inheriting mountain land that obstructs a lucrative wind-farm development, John is forced to navigate the choppy waters of... Read More

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  • Puffin Rock and the New Friends

    Based on the award-winning TV series, a young puffin called Oona undertakes a challenging mission to protect the home she loves and ensure the survival of her puffin community.

    As a huge storm approaches, the last Little Egg of the... Read More

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  • Deadly Cuts

    A black comedy set in a working-class Dublin hair salon where the stylists become accidental vigilantes and community heroes as they take on the gang members and gentrifiers threatening their community.

    Notes courtesy of Screen Ireland

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  • Wolfwalkers

    In what might soon be termed the Cartoon Saloon magic, the hugely talented Kilkenny studio bring their fifth animated feature to the screen. Directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, this stunningly imagined world draws on history and mythology to... Read More

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  • IFI International: June 2020

    16-23 June // Days of European Film Festival // Extra Ordinary // Kino Lucerna, Prague [16th], Kino Světozor, Prague [20th], Bio Central, Hradec Králové [20th], Czechia // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Prague

    The IFI... Read More

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  • Wildfire

    Born within a year of each other, Lauren and Kelly are very close sisters, you would never see one without the other, but over the years the mystery of their mother’s death tears them apart.

    Kelly, keen to escape their... Read More

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  • Behind the Blood

    Priest and furniture maker Daniel Pacheco works in one of the most dangerous cities in the world: San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He tries to save lives, but that’s no simple matter in a country with staggeringly high murder rates. The... Read More

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  • Dating Amber

    A coming-of-age comedy drama about two closeted teenagers, Eddie and Amber, who fake a relationship in order to stop all the speculation around them.

    At first they love the reaction and begin to enjoy their peculiar arrangement. They become close... Read More

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  • Two by Two: Ooops! Noah is Gone

    It’s the end of the world. A flood is coming. Luckily for Dave and his son Finny, a couple of clumsy Nestrians, an Ark has been built to save all animals. But as it turns out, the obscure Nestrians aren’t... Read More

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  • Ooops 2: The Adventure Continues

    Life in an Ark with 50,000 others has many dangers: icebergs, unwelcome visitors, storms, woodworm and a very fragile truce between carnivores and herbivores. All hopes are pinned on a dove dispatched into the wild in search of land. The... Read More

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  • Boys from County Hell

    In the backwater town of Six Mile Hill, local lads Eugene and William scam hapless tourists visiting the burial place of Abhartach, a blood-thirsty vampire said to have inspired the creation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Eugene’s relations with his father... Read More

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  • The Racer

    Summer 1998. The opening stages of the Tour de France have been relocated to Ireland. Fictional Belgian rider Dom Chabol (Louis Talpe) has been one of the best support riders on the Tour for the last 20 years. It’s a sacrificial... Read More

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  • Herself

    On the surface, Sandra is a young mother struggling to provide her two young daughters with a warm, safe and happy home to grow up in. Beneath the surface, she has a steely determination to change their lives for the... Read More

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  • Ordinary Love

    This film was released on 6th December 2019  and is no longer screening.

    Retired Belfast couple Joan (Lesley Manville) and Tom (Liam Neeson) have, over the years, learned to live with the death of their teenage daughter. Their existence is... Read More

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  • When Women Won

    Coinciding with the second anniversary of the historic referendum which saw over 1.4m Irish citizens vote to overturn the Irish Constitution’s controversial 8th amendment, the film tells the emotional inside story of the Together for Yes campaign. In the aftermath... Read More

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  • Violet Gibson: The Irish Woman Who Shot Mussolini

    The extraordinary true story of the Irish woman who shot Mussolini is brought to life in Barrie Dowdall’s documentary. Violet Gibson, daughter of the Lord Chancellor to Ireland, shot the dictator at point-blank range as she faced a fascist mob... Read More

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  • New York Our Time

    Celebrated filmmaker and artist Vivienne Dick weaves a personal and philosophical documentary remembering 1970s New York in its heyday for bohemian artists and musicians. Featuring contributions from many of her contemporaries at that time, the film also contrasts the “No... Read More

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  • Rose Plays Julie

    Veterinary student Rose (Ann Skelly) is an only child who has always wanted to know who her biological parents are. Having traced her birth mother Ellen (Orla Brady) who has no wish to have any contact, Rose travels from Dublin... Read More

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  • Innocent Boy

    An all-Traveller cast stars in this drama about a young boy who uses the power of his imagination to cope with some tough realities in his life. Jack lost his mum at a young age, has a hearing impairment and... Read More

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  • Street Leagues

    Street Leagues follows the men and women of the Irish Homeless Street Leagues as they overcome homelessness and addiction through the power of sport. The film documents their journey to playing in the Homeless World Cup and features contributions from... Read More

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  • Arracht

    On the eve of the great famine, fisherman Colmán Sharkey (Dónall Ó Healaí) ekes out a meagre existence for his family on the west coast of Ireland. Wrongly blamed for the murder of an inclement local landlord (Michael McElhatton) he... Read More

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  • The Grass Ceiling

    Three successful female athletes explore how being physically courageous, unapologetically competitive and deeply passionate in team sport can unlock a freedom to really occupy your own skin. Based on ‘The Fear of Winning, an essay by Eimear Ryan.

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  • A Cat Called Jam

    An affable cat that is new in town just wants to make friends. When he tries to befriend three dogs he struggles to make them see him as he sees himself. He is just one of the dogs.

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  • Corporate Monster

    After being phased out of his job, a dangerously unstable man’s life spirals out of control when the prescription pills he takes start to have a side effect, allowing him to see the parasitic beings that have long been puppeteering... Read More

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  • Sister This

    Two sisters talk on the phone about an upcoming birthday; tempers flare as promises are broken. Secrets are revealed and tears are shed. Both women eventually realise that shame is one thing they can’t afford if they’re going to survive.... Read More

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  • Christy

    A 16 year old school dropout interviews for a job, but when he is let down by his brother, he lashes back and looks to his friends for support.

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  • Maya

    A man living in an idyllic simulated world is forced to return to a life he sought desperately to escape.

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  • A Better You

    Set in a Neo-Steampunk world, a shy introvert named Douglas enlists the help of A Better You, a customizable carbon clone to help him win the girl of his dreams.

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  • Welcome to a Bright White Limbo

    Combining documentary and dance performance, this visually arresting film dives into the mind and creative process of Oona Doherty’s award winning dance show Hope Hunt.

    Awards: Best Irish Short Film, Dublin International Film Festival, 2020

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  • Kachalka

    Kachalka, Kiev’s enormous open-air gym is a community constructed facility that is free-to-use. Made entirely from recycled scrap materials repurposed from the country’s Soviet past it is widely considered to be ‘the most hardcore gym in the world’. The film... Read More

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  • Above the Law

    Traversing the same bodies of land and water this short film conceptually links the intercontinental routes of migratory birds with the journeys of refugees and migrants. Above the law, they traverse the same bodies of land and water.

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  • The Flight to Memmingen

    A darkly comic relationship drama based on a short story by Icelandic writer Gyrðir Elíasson, The Flight to Memmingen tells of the rise and tragic demise of standup comedian Dave Murphy. He just wants some peace to write his famine... Read More

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  • The Girl at the End of the Garden

    A slapstick comedy about an unhappy young girl whose life is turned upside-down when she finds a mysterious runaway with psychic powers in her back garden.

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  • Daffodils

    A forest creature’s quiet life is turned upside down when her new neighbour attempts to win her affection.

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  • The First was a Boy

    Set in the heart of Dublin’s ever-changing Ringsend, this experimental film explores the special bonds between grandparents and grandchildren, grief and ageing.

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  • 99 Problems

    The inside scoop on the murky world of the ice cream business.

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  • The Last Organist

    93-year-old organist George takes us though his love of music and his move from Belgium to Ireland almost 60 years ago.

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  • Ramón: Notes from a Beekeeper

    Colombian beekeeper Ramón Galvis Rodríguez reflects on the future of our planet as a direct result of the gradual extinction of bees.

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  • Blankets of Hope: Cork Cancer Care Centre

    A look at the Cork Cancer Care Centre and their mission to deliver ‘blankets of hope’ to cancer patients around Ireland.

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  • John Don’t Know Nothin’!

    John, the successful star of a family sitcom, has a heated conversation with his taxi driver on his way home from work.

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  • Leave the Road Behind You

    As his life changes outside his control, a young man struggles to keep his car on the road.

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  • Kathleen

    A writer waits for inspiration. It finally comes courtesy of a dispossessed woman who he invites into his home.

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  • Lovestruck

    A lady of a certain age is always unlucky in love.

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  • Hasta la Vista

    A genre-blending short film which sets dance, music and an ethereal aesthetic against a backdrop of friendship, love, lust, and betrayal.

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  • Humblebrag

    Scenes from an Instagram marriage.

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  • The House Fell

    Feeling trapped at her sister’s wedding, Fiona must face the past to escape the ruins of a life she once dreamed of.

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  • Rosalyn

    A compelling horror hat explores the fragility of mental health during pregnancy.

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  • No Place

    Angela and her two kids find themselves on the verge of homelessness. An increasingly desperate situation leads Angela to commit an uncharacteristic act placing the family’s future in jeopardy.

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  • Kelly

    Kelly comes back to her childhood house after many years abroad to help her sister tidy for the estate agent.

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  • The Space Between Us

    A family drama between three estranged siblings who are forced to reconnect when a tragedy occurs in their family.

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  • The Owl

    Nick, a drug-addled bad boy, arrives uninvited to his best friend’s birthday party, where he discovers why all have abandoned him.

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  • Just Fine

    Two school friends entertain the curiosity of their lives on the eve of a grand departure.

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  • In the Narrow Shade of a Pen

    George is mourning a death that did not come to pass, and Lucianne’s bemused sympathy makes some sense of this;

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  • Evergreen

    Nathan begrudgingly visits his infirm childhood friend Edgar, but their lives have diverged beyond any personal history.

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  • Coming to Terms

    After caring for her elderly father for years, Lisa is unable to deal with his passing and begins to see him everywhere.

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  • Relic

    Sarah is a nine-year old girl whose faith is tested after many failed attempts to evoke a sign from the Virgin Mary.

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  • Chestnuts

    It’s not easy being a teenager. Especially when you have a chestnut for a head.

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  • Young Mother

    A lone teenage girl roams the streets of Dublin urgently trying to buy alcohol in this intense family drama.

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  • Peggy and the Grim

    Peggy gets a visit from the Grim Reaper.

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  • Cúl an Tí

    A dying mother, wracked with guilt from historical tragedy, is brought reconciliation with her estranged daughter.

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  • Stray

    An elderly woman struggles after a violent break-in that has robber her of her husband and her peace of mind.

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  • Bound

    Rosie Curran has spent her life trying to adhere to the often harsh societal rules of 1940s Ireland. However, in the face of an impossible and unthinkable situation, Rosie must gather every scrap of strength and defiance within her to... Read More

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  • Far Isle

    Through a series of enchanting encounters, Fern discovers how to see the world from a different perspective.

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  • The Dream Report

    A deadpan sci-fi, interweaving moments of familiar routine with esoteric messages from deep space.

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  • Offering

    A mysterious quest goes horribly wrong. Dealing with the inevitable decay that envelopes the world in which we live, you cannot barter with forces beyond your control.

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  • Outside the Box

    Who do we see when we look at people? By putting people in a box do we restrict our own true potential?

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  • The Bogman

    A bog worker in the Irish midlands struggles to come to terms with the end of his era.

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  • Dorothy

    The story of a child who was burnt as a witch.

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  • Tuna

    A girl who works in a late-night supermarket has a strange obsession. After a visit from a late-night customer she becomes paranoid.

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  • THEM

    A son, banished from his village for refusing to worship a false idol, bears witness to the brewing conflict beyond that may likely destroy civilisation itself.

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  • Legend Has It

    In a perfect Celtic society, a young girl finds herself face-to-face with a dark family secret.

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  • Featherweight

    A father and daughter struggle to cope with the death of a central family member. They choose to express their grief in opposite ways.

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  • Streets of Fury

    Violent Max Punchface gets trapped in an alien land with only some friend sheep for company/punch practice.

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  • Wear & Tear

    A girl wakes up to discover that a creature from her nightmares has materialised into reality. Will she decide to run, or will she face this demon head on?

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  • Bubbles

    A puppet grows tormented at the hands of her manipulator.

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  • CTRL + Alt + T

    20,000 words and four years of hard work deleted, in one clumsy click. How would you react?

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  • A Quack Too Far

    A fox must deal with a very noisy duck before he can get his precious sleep.

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  • Archie’s Bat

    A lonely young boy builds a unique bond with an unsuspecting creature and learns that sometimes it’s better to let go and move on.

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  • Hydebank

    In an encounter between innocence and assumed evil we witness the daily struggles of an imprisoned 21-year-old.

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  • Postcard from a Crisis

    As the refugee crisis quietly continues, four Irish clowns travel to Greece to perform for children living and waiting in temporary shelters.

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  • The Sunny Side Up

    Peter Pringle and Sunny Jacobs both served years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. After being exonerated, what are the chances they both met and fell in love?

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  • C*nsored

    Things I didn’t say but wish I did.

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  • Bog Graffiti

    If you think climate change is a joke, you are the joke.

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  • Billy Willy

    Exploring residue, trauma and memory through the eyes of two best friends and their shared identities. Billy and Willy guide us through their world of jazz.

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  • Equal

    In a small corner of the UK, a battle is being waged. A battle for love. A battle to be EQUAL.

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  • A Woman of Aran

    Brid O’Griofa, a native of Inisheer, reflects on life in pre-modern times.

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  • Bainne

    Ireland, 1851. A farm hand at the end of the Great Famine encounters a ghostly female figure leading him to a new hope.

    Bainne is a coproduction between Sky Arts and Screen Ireland.

    Awards: Best First Short Drama, Galway Film... Read More

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  • Nitelink

    A bereaved man, grieving and drunk, idly asks for a way out. Unfortunately, in doing so, he irritates someone that could give him just that.

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  • Lady Isobel & the Elf Knight

    A cautionary tale. If a strange bloke appears at your window in the middle of the night and asks you out on a date, just say no.

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  • Abe’s Story

    In Victorian London an overworked writer, Abe, is inspired by his day job in the theatre to create a bloody brilliant novel.

    Awards: Golden Knight, Malta International Film Festival 2019 Best Animated Sequence, Galway Film Fleadh 2019

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  • Wrath

    At the precipice of womanhood and plagued with foreboding dreams, Maria must confront the mistrust of her family as a strange epidemic sweeps the nation.

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  • Twin

    Over the course of her 21st birthday Ava explores the grief felt by the loss of her twin sister and attempts to overcome it.

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  • Something Doesn’t Feel Right

    A weary slasher villain puts in the hours necessary to pull off perfect kills until he encounters victims that don’t behave as they should.

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  • Break Us

    Mark and Sophie plan to rob a post office but as things go awry, they each discover what they are really made of.

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  • Father Father

    Father James must decide what kind of a father God wants him to be.

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  • Girl Alone

    A girl with a dark past finds herself alone and on the run. Sometimes moving forward is harder than it seems.

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  • Pale Saint

    Summer, 1991, 17-year-old Kat escapes from her family for a night of freedom and fun with the local teenagers but struggles to stave off a pressing responsibility.

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  • The Bridge

    Cormac is consumed by historical demons, living with the aftermath of a childhood accident. Could he have done something to prevent the tragic event?

    Awards: Best Actor in a Male Role, Peter Coonan, Richard Harris International Film Festival 2019

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  • Cynthia

    Over the course of a fraught evening Cynthia navigates her once familiar circle of fiends and comes to realise that some bridges can’t be mended.

    Awards: Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama, Galway Film Fleadh 2019

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  • Clean

    An everyday scenario: two people sitting together, in an ordinary place completing their unremarkable, mundane tasks. But sometimes life is not so ordinary.

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  • Ciúnas

    A couple drive to the city to collect their teenage daughter from hospital. On the return journey everyone seems happy to avoid discussing her reason for being there.

    Awards: Rising Star Award, Irish Screen America 2019 Best Short Film, Disappear... Read More

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  • Aftermath

    Bernie fights stigma, shame, and her own demons while trying to hold her family together in the wake of her son’s drug-related death.

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  • The Ferry

    Aoife searches for her birth mother and unveils a past that entangles two other women in town.

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  • Wishbone

    Wishbone is an awkward, honest look at strained female friendships. Three young women break bread – and possibly each other – over a later supper at the Fleadh.

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  • A White Horse

    When 17-year-old Bridget escapes from a psychiatric hospital, she rings home from a rural phone box…but her parents are waiting for the call.

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  • Stephanie

    John and Stephanie wake to the sound of someone outside. This stranger wants Stephanie dead. Why? We come to learn that Stephanie may be harbouring a monstrous secret.

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  • Rip to the Rescue!

    In a post-apocalyptic Irish midlands, an overconfident American jet pilot tries to rescue a beautiful young woman from her domineering mammy, but around here, getting involved with family can be deadly.

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  • Ruby

    Len and Ruby are celebrating their ruby wedding anniversary. Len has a history of odd and outlandish gifts. Ruby hopes that this year will be different.

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  • Pat

    Set in 1978, Pat tells the story of a music lover from rural Ireland who keeps in touch with her son in New York through the only phone box in the village.

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  • Brute

    A young mother and her son flee an abusive husband in the middle of the night only to find themselves trapped in their car in a field with a homicidal bull.

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  • I Bet

    Fintan, a young gambling addict, fights his inner demons in, for him, the very bizarre surroundings of St. Marie’s Hope House, a general addiction rehab centre.

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  • La Petite Mort

    When two people meet at a party, they have more in common than they think.

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  • Welcome to the Dark Ages

    In 2017, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, formerly known as The KLF, returned after 23 years of silence – but they were no longer a pop group. They were now undertakers, planning to build a monument, The People’s Pyramid, out... Read More

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  • Best Before Death

    In 1992, Bill Drummond’s enormously successful pop group The KLF ceased activities. Since 2014, he’s been on a world tour visiting Kolkata, North Carolina and elsewhere. In each place he carries out his self-imposed ‘work’ – building beds, baking cakes,... Read More

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  • In Orbit

    There was once an invisible optician, living in a strange and lonely world. Her story starts with a broken lens and the woman who taught her to see things differently.

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  • Starry Night

    Cara must make a choice – abandon her sisters and pursue her dreams, or sacrifice herself so that one day they too might stand a chance.

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  • HALO

    A lonely driver takes drastic action to protect a customer from heartbreak. A single-take film about loneliness, intentions and infidelity.

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  • Void

    A man struggles to free himself from a mind packed full of indecipherable thoughts. He spends a night searching for judgement. A judgement he feels he deserves.

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  • Limbo

    Brendan’s mother Eilis reveals a dark secret on her deathbed, one to which Brendan must find the answer – what happened to her lost child?

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  • Run

    A woman’s eyes are opened to her coercive, controlling partner when an old friend is allowed to come to dinner.

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  • Was That a Yes?

    Date night disaster as Mark’s perfect evening with Jane leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

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  • A Sense of Joy

    A cantankerous musician endeavours to break a magical curse by passing on a sense of joy to others; something which doesn’t come naturally to him.

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  • Caitlín

    A woman hunted, accused of witchcraft, who finds love in an unlikely ally. Can she escape with her life? Can she ever truly be free?

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  • Goose & Gander

    A young couple find themselves growing apart in their new rural life until a masked figure appears and things come to a head.

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  • Moth

    Set over the course of one night, a taxi driver returns to work after the death of his daughter, only to encounter the young boy who might be responsible.

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  • Buoy

    A young man throws himself off a lighthouse to end it all, but it’s only the beginning.

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  • Significant Loss

    A woman attending a weight loss class loses more than she wanted to.

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  • Loving Alex

    For Dan, ALEX is more than a virtual assistant; he’s his soulmate. Love, jealousy and control all play a part in this dark comedy that was written, produced and edited in 48 Hours as part of the Little Cinema, Galway... Read More

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  • 134

    On the day of a regional Irish dancing Feis, an Irish couple struggle to cope with their child’s gender identity.

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  • Pigeons of Discontent

    In the otherwise tranquil Dublin neighbourhood of Stoneybatter, one local issue has divided neighbours: the pigeons.

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  • Making Tom

    An iconic statue of Big Tom McBride, created by artist Mark Richards, was commissioned by Monaghan County Council, for the market square in Castleblayney. From the initial commission to the unveiling, an emotional journey is taken in art and in... Read More

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  • Squared Circle

    A veteran troupe of wrestlers assemble a ring on a seaside promenade. A summer festival prepares for their exhibition of physical drama.

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  • Farmer Michael (The Life and Times of a Social Pariah)

    Farmer Michael is a Galway-based, divisive character getting millions of views online. But his creator, Stevo Timothy, has a past with far more twists and turns than anyone would expect.

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  • Recommended Rapper

    The story of Danny Rock, a 22 year-old unemployed young man from a small tourism-dependent town in the West of Ireland, who raps. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Tupac Shakur and NWA, he uploads self directed, edited and written... Read More

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  • Our Land

    A short documentary detailing Ireland’s reputation, culture, and future from the perspective of seven young inhabitants of the country. Stylised as a light-hearted reflection piece, Our Land provides the spectator with an understanding of how the interviewees’ regard Ireland as... Read More

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  • IFI International: March 2020

    6 March // Cine Gael Montreal Spring Season // The Man Who Wanted to Fly // J.A. DeSève Cinema, Concordia University // Montreal, Canada CANCELLED: 6-8 March // LadyFest Riga // GAZE on Tour 2018: Breast Friends, Thirst, Cat Calls,... Read More

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  • A Song for Ireland

    A Song for Ireland is one of eight documentaries made in Northern Ireland by Irish-American filmmaker Arthur MacCaig. It traces a history of Ireland through music and explores how the nation’s musical heritage has been influenced by its long and... Read More

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  • The New Music

    Adrian (Cilléin McEvoy) is a talented pianist with a promising career ahead of him. Playing music is the only thing he lives for until his world falls apart when he is diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Afraid of the... Read More

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  • IFI International: February 2020

    7-15 February // EU Film Festival Ghana // The Silver Branch // Kumasi [7-8 Feb], Accra [9-15 Feb], Ghana // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Abuja, Nigeria 9 February // Niall Tobín tribute at the Irish... Read More

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  • Dark Lies the Island

    Sara (Charlie Murphy) has married into the feuding Mannion family and is embroiled in a complex web of erotic dysfunction. Though husband Daddy Mannion (Pat Shortt), 20 years her senior, is a big cheese in a small town, she is... Read More

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  • GAZE on Tour 2019

    The GAZE on Tour 2019 Irish LGBT shorts programme reaffirms the quality of LGBT film and filmmaking talent within Ireland, as well as the standard of work being produced internationally by Irish creators. The sheer scope in the exploration in... Read More

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  • Calm with Horses

    Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong (Cosmo Jarvis) is an enforcer for the Devers, a family of criminals in an Irish seaside town. Quicker with his fists than his wits, Arm had a brief moment of glory when he represented his county in... Read More

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  • Bruno

    A homeless man searching for his lost dog forges an unexpected bond with a young boy.

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  • IFI International: January 2020

    15 January // Georgia Public Broadcasting presents a special screening of Black 47 with special guest James Frecheville // Atlanta, GA, USA // Presented in association with the Consulate General of Ireland, Atlanta 21 January // One World Film... Read More

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  • Sea Fever

    Solitary marine biology student Siobhán endures a week on a ragged fishing trawler, where she’s miserably at odds with the close-knit crew. But out in the deep Atlantic, an unfathomable life form ensnares the boat. When members of the crew... Read More

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  • Seamus Heaney and the music of what happens

    Six years after his unexpected death in 2013, Seamus Heaney’s wife Marie and their three children talk intimately about their family life and read the poems he wrote for them. His surviving brothers remember their childhood and the shared experiences... Read More

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  • Lost Lives

    Lost Lives is an ambitious cinematic film inspired by the book of the same name. Written over seven years by five journalists, it is a book recording the circumstances of every single death in the Northern Irish Troubles: 3,700 entries document... Read More

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  • IFI International: December 2019

    4 December // REEL TIME: Poetry, Performance and Internal Politics: On Black Mountain + the Poets’ Theatre by Jonathan Creasy, UCD // By Accident with introduction and post-screening conversation with Fanny Howe, daughter of Mary Manning // Harvard //... Read More

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  • A Bump Along the Way

    After a one-night-stand with a younger man on her 44th birthday, party-loving single mother Pamela (played effortlessly by Bronagh Gallagher) discovers that she is pregnant. Meanwhile her disapproving, strait-laced daughter Allegra (Lola Petticrew), who sees herself as the adult of... Read More

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  • The Ballymurphy Precedent

    Largely unknown outside Northern Ireland, the deaths of eleven innocent people at the hands of the British Army in a Catholic estate in Belfast is one of the most significant events in the Troubles.

    In one small Belfast housing... Read More

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  • The Man with the Hat: The Revolutionary Life and Times of Sean Garland

    Documentary about Irishman Sean Garland, known as the man in with the hat, a former Workers’ Party president and Official IRA Chief of Staff, and about what he has seen not only in Ireland, but in places as far away... Read More

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  • Unquiet Graves

    Unquiet Graves: The Story of the Glenanne Gang details how members of the RUC and UDR (a British Army regiment) were centrally involved in the murder of over 120 innocent civilians during the recent conflict in Ireland. It reveals how... Read More

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  • The Cured

    For six years, a virus has devastated Europe, transforming people into zombie-like monsters. All is lost until a cure is found. The cure, which has a 75% success rate, restores the infected to full physical health, although the cured remember... Read More

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  • The Meeting

    Prolific Irish director Alan Gilsenan has throughout his career frequently addressed issues of social interest. Following the success last year of documentary Meetings With Ivor and the release earlier this year of fiction feature Unless, The Meeting blends the two... Read More

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  • Damo & Ivor: The Movie

    Damo and Ivor embark on the mother of all adventures across Ireland to track down their long lost brother John Joe.

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  • The Young Offenders

    Inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, The Young Offenders follows two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes in the... Read More

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  • DEREK JARMAN: THE LAST OF ENGLAND

    This film screened on 10th December 2019. 

    Jarman’s angriest film, a striking collage of Super 8mm, home video footage, and new material, is a distressing, nightmarish vision of a country which had, under Thatcher’s rule in the 1980s, as the... Read More

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  • Tana Bana

    Varanasi on the Ganges is famous for its Muslim silk weavers whose lives are closely interwoven with that of their Hindu neighbours. For over a thousand years the skills of their trade have passed from one generation to the next.... Read More

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  • IFI International: November 2019

    2 November // Irish Screen America // Float Like a Butterfly + Q&A with director Carmel Winters // Ahrya Fine Arts by Laemmle // Los Angeles, USA

    6-10 November // Noordelijk Film Festival // The Dig //... Read More

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  • Heyday: The Mic Christopher Story

    Celebrating the legacy of a prodigiously talented Irish singer-songwriter, Heyday charts Mic Christopher’s musical journey from Grafton Street busker to The Mary Janes and rock stardom to the near-fatal accident that radically changed his world view and ignited a drive... Read More

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  • Journey to the Edge

    Every four years, an elite group of sailors endeavour to sail single-handed, non-stop in a circumnavigation of the planet, through the most unpredictable and perilous conditions imaginable. They are the competitors in the Vendee Globe Race – one of the... Read More

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  • Citizen Europe

    This engaging compendium follows five young students as they embark on their transformative cross-border Erasmus journeys leaving the comfort of their homes (in France, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria and Ethiopia), overcoming their fears and adapting to new cultures (in Lithuania, Finland,... Read More

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  • Extra Ordinary

    Following in the tradition of Flann O’Brien, Kevin McAleer, and Father Ted, Extra Ordinary views rural Irish life through a surreal comic lens. Lonely driving instructor Rose Dooley (Maeve Higgins), believing herself responsible for the death of her paranormal investigator... Read More

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  • The Blizzards: Behind the Music

    Frustrated by the music scene’s increasing omission of guitar music in festival line-ups and the exclusion of punk rock from national radio playlists, once-popular band The Blizzards take matters into their own hands, blowing their whole budget on a music... Read More

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  • The Lobster

    In the near future – or perhaps an alternate version of the present – those without a soulmate are dispatched to a grand hotel in the countryside where they have 40 days to rectify the situation by engaging in a... Read More

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  • IFI International: October 2019

    2-6 October // Irish Festival of Oulu // The Camino Voyage, Lomax in Éireann, Making the Grade, Black 47, Patrick’s Day// Cultural Centre Valve // Oulu, Finland

    4-6 October // Bangkok Irish Film Festival // Brooklyn, Black... Read More

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  • The Hole in the Ground

    Trying to escape a broken past, Sarah (Seána Kerslake) is rebuilding her life on the outskirts of an isolated rural town with her young son, Chris (James Quinn Markey). Following the discovery of a mysterious sinkhole in the vast forest... Read More

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  • The Devil’s Doorway

    Two priests are sent to a 1960s Magdalen laundry to investigate a statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood in a found footage film whose setting adds a level of genuine horror to proceedings.

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  • The Canal

    Cinema archivist David Williams (Rupert Evans) lives with his wife, Alice (Hannah Hoekstra), and their five-year-old son, Billy (Calum Heath). All seems well until David begins to suspect that Alice is cheating on him. His anxiety is compounded by a... Read More

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  • Never Grow Old

    When a ruthless gang of outlaws terrorises a sleepy frontier town, the local undertaker, Patrick, faces a profound moral dilemma. He plays a dangerous game, providing for his family as he profits in the wake of the violence sweeping the... Read More

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  • Let Your Colours Run Free

    Charting the path of TransGreystones, a group created to support the trans community in Wicklow, the film delineates their emotional journey to create their first art exhibition. Heartening in its depiction of subjugating vulnerability and isolation, the film explores the... Read More

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  • Outitude: The Irish Lesbian Community

    A heartfelt documentary that explores the definitions, connections and commonalities of what it means to be lesbian. Through interviews and group discussions with all facets of the Irish LGBTQI+ community, the film delves into the lives of rural and urban... Read More

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  • Gaza

    This film was released on Friday 9th August 2019 and is no longer screening. 

    This portrait immerses us in the heart of the Gaza Strip among an eloquent and resilient cast of characters under siege. Blockaded by Israel and Egypt,... Read More

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  • IFI International: September 2019

    7 September // Czech Film Archive // Come on Over ciné-concert with musical accompaniment by pianist Elaine Loebenstein // Ponrepo Cinema // Prague, Czech Republic // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Prague

    9 September... Read More

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  • Strong at the Broken Places

    Raped at 14 by a Catholic Priest, human rights activist Colm O’Gorman challenges Pope Francis to tell the truth about the cover up of abuse during his divisive visit to Ireland in August 2018.

    Awards: Best Irish Documentary Short, Docs... Read More

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  • Citizen Lane

    This docu-drama follows Hugh Lane’s hard-fought venture to establish a public modern art gallery in Dublin in the early years of the 20th century – a time of political agitation and the forging of a new Irish cultural identity.

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  • Papi Chulo

    In Los Angeles, the perfect world of gay TV weatherman Sean (Matt Bomer) is shaken with the end of a significant relationship and a very public on-air meltdown.

    Forced to take time off, he fills his empty days and his... Read More

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  • Metal Heart

    This film was released on Friday 28th June 2019 and is no longer screening. 

    Fraternal twin sisters Emma (Jordanne Jones) and Chantal (Leah McNamara) are worlds apart. Emma is self-conscious, and unsure of which path to take in life; she... Read More

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  • Horrible Creature

    In 1915, James Joyce and Nora Barnacle travelled with their young children Giorgio and Lucia to Switzerland to escape the turmoil of World War I. Lucia later trained as a dancer and performed throughout Europe. Her career ended when, in... Read More

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  • IFI International: August 2019

    2 August // Embassy of Ireland screening during Pride Festival // Queen of Ireland // Hanover House // The Hague, The Netherlands // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, The Hague

    22-25 August // aGLIFF... Read More

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  • Breathe

    A macho Traveller becomes increasingly concerned that his young son is soft. Directed by James Doherty, Breathe is a short film exploring the life of Patrick (John Connors, Cardboard Gangsters) as he struggles to accept his son (Lee O’Donoghue).

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  • Little Old New York

    A delightful emigrant comedy about a young Irish girl who comes to America disguised as a boy in order to claim a fortune left to her late brother. Marion Davies shines as Patricia O’Day masquerading impishly as a boy and... Read More

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  • Losing Alaska

    The 375 residents of Newtok, Alaska watch their homes disappear into rolling seas as winter storms steal their coastline and melting permafrost erodes the edges of their town. Tom Burke’s (The Liberties) elegiac study follows the community as they struggle to maintain their... Read More

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  • IFI International: July 2019

    24 June-31 August // EU Film Festival // Black 47 // Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi [2 July] // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi

    5 July // Navigatio Asociación de Santander // The... Read More

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  • IFII TEST 2

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  • The Dig

    This debut feature from the Tohill Brothers will no doubt prove to be one of the year’s strongest Irish releases, a downbeat but canny mix of thriller and western tropes.

    Callahan (Moe Dunford) has just finished his prison sentence for... Read More

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  • IFI International: June 2019

    5 June // Sofia Pride Film Festival // GAZE on Tour short films: Breast Friends, Thirst, Cat Calls, Wren Boys, Johnny, The Red Tree // Sofia, Bulgaria // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Sofia, and GAZE LGBT... Read More

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  • True North: Paud Mulrooney’s Irish-Canadian Adventures in Super 8

    Offering a unique representation of the Irish-Canadian experience, Paud Mulrooney’s Super 8 films and self-developed photographs of life on Cat Lake and Ogoki Post Reserves with his young family (including his daughter the film-maker) are a rare window into the... Read More

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  • The Overcoat

    The Overcoat is a warm and unique Christmas story about an office worker that saves all his money to buy a new coat in time for Christmas, only to have fate take a ghostly hand.

    Notes by Screen Ireland

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  • Máirín de Búrca: A Loner’s Instinct

    This film screened on Monday 8th April 2019.

    This profile of 80-year-old feminist activist Máirín de Búrca takes us from her childhood in Chicago, to her membership of Sinn Féin, to her role as a founder of the Irish Women’s Liberation... Read More

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  • IFI International: May 2019

    1-12 May// Irish Film Festival Australia // Float Like a Butterfly, The Camino Voyage, Unquiet Graves, The Drummer and the Keeper, Dublin Oldschool, The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, Metal Heart, Between Land and Sea, No Party for Billy... Read More

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  • The Red Tree

    The Red Tree is a “powerful and poetic” short film that tells the little known history of Italian gay men being arrested and exiled to a remote island during Mussolini’s Fascist regime.

    Available as part of a curated series of... Read More

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  • Johnny

    Johnny is a young Traveller who has to come to terms with his sexuality, and wants to help his deeply traditional community to do the same.

    Available as part of a curated series of shorts GAZE on Tour 2018.

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  • Wren Boys

    On the day after Christmas, a Catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison.

    Available as part of a curated series of shorts GAZE on Tour 2018.

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  • Thirst

    Drew leaves another disappointing gay hook up and wonders why he feels so alone.His internal monologue delves deep into the mind of a lonely gay man – his desires, his insecurities and his wavering belief he’ll find love.

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  • Lily

    The tale of an adolescent girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman. In the wake of a violent and vicious homophobic attack, she is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.

    Available as... Read More

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  • Tuesday Night

    A dark comedy about the sensationalised media representation of trans people, and the burdens of local planning regulations.

    Available as part of a curated series of shorts GAZE on Tour 2017.

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  • GAZE on Tour 2018

    The GAZE on Tour 2018 Irish LGBT shorts programme reaffirms the quality of LGBT film and filmmaking talent within Ireland, as well as the standard of work being produced internationally by Irish creators. The sheer scope in the exploration in... Read More

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  • Earthy Encounters

    15-year-old garden centre worker Kyle battles shadowy agents so he can save his dying older brother with a special plant.

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  • God’s Own Children

    Two boys travel to the big city on a self-appointed mission from God.

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  • Acorn

    A child’s unusual behaviour during the school  nativity rehearsals results in the principal calling a meeting with the boy’s mother.

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  • My Father, My Blood

    A man and his child live a nomadic existence. After he murders a woman, their relationship begins to break apart.

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  • Earthly Bonds

    An imaginative girl tries o create a spaceship after he loss of her Mother, while her grieving father descends into alcoholism.

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  • Joe, Searching

    A man who searches for missing women is frustrated by the lack of official response.

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  • Raymond

    Raymond Ovens has been living on his own in a house full of dust and memories.

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  • The Condom Man

    The valiant individuals, who provided front line and core services for HIV-AIDS patients in the late ’80s.

    Available as part of a curated series of shorts GAZE on Tour 2017.

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  • IFI International: April 2019

    3 April // Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith // Keepers of the Flame + Q&A with director Nuala O’Connor // London, UK

    4-21 April // Days of European Film // Black 47 // Světozor [8th] and Lucerna [10th],... Read More

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  • The Whistle-Blower

    Reflecting on the Sallins Mail Train Robbery case and a miscarriage of justice.

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  • Spike

    A veteran of the British Army struggles with post- traumatic stress disorder.

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  • Hum

    A portrait of artist and musician Kevin Nolan, diagnosed at 19 with schizoaffective disorder.

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  • Amy

    Amy has an amazing zest and love for life, despite going through struggles.

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  • Salon

    A Cuban woman’s motives for visiting the beauty salon everyday.

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  • Gustav

    A man wakes up with a strange tune in his head. But what is it? And how did it get there?

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  • Breathe Out

    A woman’s attempts to control her new life are being challenged by a person from her past.

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  • The Climb

    After the sudden death of her adventure-loving spouse, Julia decides it’s time for a fresh start.

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  • Lost Memories

    Sean races against the clock to his mother’s deathbed while dealing with inter-family politics over the phone.

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  • For You

    An act of devotion gives a struggling young woman the strength to love.

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  • Jelly Baby

    A young mother is forced to find the balance between her maternal duties and her own desires.

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  • Waiting

    Languishing in rural Ireland, Clare receives an opportunity to leave and kick-start her life. Will she take it?

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  • Wave

    A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognisable language baffling linguistic experts from around the globe.

    Awards: Best Short Film, IFTA, 2018 The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama, Galway Film Fleadh, 2017 National... Read More

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  • I’m Roger Casement

    Dancing with the queer bones of British knight, Irish rebel and international humanitarian, Roger Casement.

    Available as part of a curated series of shorts GAZE on Tour 2017.

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  • Everything Alive is in Movement

    The power of the female spirit to transcend and transform the human body.

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  • Soil Engineers

    A Sisyphean fisherman is tied to the worms he fishes with.

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  • Boomerang

    An unknown crisis darkens the heart of a mysterious wreck.

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  • The Erlking

    A couple’s burgeoning love becomes twisted by a malevolent entity.

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  • The Hidden People

    Casper’s childlike beliefs clash with his older brother’s bleak reality.

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  • Jack Scott’s Wood

    Five friends go on a mountain bike ride in a isolated wood. But someone does not want them to be there.

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  • The Box

    Driving down a dark country road, Niall picks up a strange man who’s cradling a mysterious cardboard box.

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  • Clondorca

    A horror about a father’s shame after he and his son glimpse something frightening on a lonely, dark road.

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  • The Trap

    Lana must face her demon and the trap into which she has been placed since childhood.

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  • The Tell-Tale Heart

    He loses his mind caring for an old man… An Irish retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic Gothic tale.

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  • Immaculate Heart

    Two thieves on the lam witness a phenomenon that may prove to be their salvation… or their doom.

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  • The Secret Market

    Chief surgeon Dr.Amy McCarthy has a near perfect life until her past comes back to haunt her.

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  • Static

    An isolated conspiracy theorist learns how to re-enter the outside world with the help of a mysterious accomplice.

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  • The Pike

    An estranged grandmother and grandson are forced to live together for a brief period of time.

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  • The Wedding Speech

    As the best man, Ed, doesn’t realise that his speech will be the most important that he will ever make.

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  • Bless Me Father

    In a small Irish town where secrets are rare, a local man goes to church to confess his.

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  • MJ

    MJ turns social media addiction to deadly revenge.

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  • Maldives

    A journey through the unconscious mind of a man yearning for connection.

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  • Séamus

    When a man discovers a boy following him on his daily trek, he wrestles with his sanity as he shakes away his haunting companion.

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  • Troubles

    When words fail them both, music is all they have to bring them together.

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  • The 11th

    Fisher returns to his community to make amends with his daughter but is it too little, too late?

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  • Angels Guard Thee

    Two ex-paramilitaries attempt to heal old wounds, but the secrets of the past won’t let the present lie.

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  • Camlo

    A Roma boy attempts to find his footing in a city that does not fully accept him.

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  • Hope – The Story of Yes

    A deeply personal assessment of the highs, lows and personal risks of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement Referendum.

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  • Boy Saint

    Two adolescent boys become aware of their budding sexuality. Based on a poem by Peter LaBerge.

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  • Far From the Reach of the Sun

    A corporation markets a drug that can alter your sexuality, targeting wealthy straight customers and vulnerable gay people.

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  • Mr Ripple

    Mr Ripple chronicles the man behind Ireland’s oldest-serving ice cream van, and looks at this dying tradition.

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  • An Open Door

    A pioneering initiative within the Mental Health Service provides a space for hope and recovery for the local community.

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  • Lint

    Exploring the strange limbo state we experience in the aftermath of a breakup, Lint follows one person’s bizarre attempt at regaining some sense of normality.

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  • Breast Friends

    A young driven female relay runner begins to question her sexuality when a new member joins the team.

    Available as part of a curated series of shorts GAZE on Tour 2018.

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  • A Film About Sandhoppers

    Two crustaceans find love on a Belfast beach.

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  • Stigma

    A string of confessions unveil a tale of religious guilt, sin and redemption in this short experimental drama set against the dramatic and rugged Northern Irish coastline.

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  • Pernicio

    In this dark comedy, a young man explores his attitude towards life and death when his suicide plans are interrupted.

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  • I Didn’t… I Wasn’t…I Amn’t… (An Un-romantic Comedy)

    A pitch-black comedy on the social contract of human endeavour between men and women in the paradox of modern life.

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  • Northern Star

    Sarah, a young writer, returns home to Ireland to face the challenges of what she ran away from.She attempts to see with mature eyes and to form a steady relationship amongst family drama surrounding her. When faced with a man... Read More

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  • Bittern

    Two strangers meet on a park bench. But is one of them harbouring a dark secret?

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  • 6SKIN

    6SKIN is a sound and image fantasia utilising vibrant dance, immersive soundscape and vivid animation.

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  • Five Letters to the Stranger who will Dissect My Brain

    Five Letters to the Stranger who will Dissect My Brain describes the soul-searching journey of first-year medical student Viv, whose first encounter with a cadaver in the anatomy room sends her a quest into the nature of what it means... Read More

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  • El Hor

    Through the interspecies gaze we observe the of the most ancient and highly honoured dog breeds, the Saluki. Guiding us in love, preparing us in death and transforming us in life.

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  • Antler

    Atoosa Pour Hosseini’s work with super-8 conjures a mysterious territory that exists between memory, subjective perception and the objective materiality of the filmed image.

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  • Distance

    An experimental non-narrative film looking at time from a specific place, Glenbride in Co. Wicklow.

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  • Venus in Retrograde

    ‘In the beginning, the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep…’

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  • Mother

    There’s no replacement for a mother’s love.

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  • Battleship

    After discovering that they were both married to the same man at the same time, two women try to cultivate a relationship between their children.

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  • Early Days

    A new mother finds that having a baby causes her post-natal anxiety and intrusive thoughts.

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  • Sister

    When Caoimhe’s sister shows up in London to have an abortion, she is faced with a decision: whether or not to help her estranged sibling.

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  • Inner Child

    A woman’s inner child knows why she hurts herself and other’s around her. Is she ready to listen?

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  • Mother

    An actor is struggling badly with her latest role.

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  • Her Very Own

    On this day, Maeve has set a deadline.

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  • Childer

    An introverted mother’s worst fears are amplified when she is stalked by the feral children living in the woods surrounding her home.

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  • The Cocaine Famine

    The Cocaine Famine is an Irish black comedy about cocaine and the futility of nationalism.

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  • The Shift

    It’s the final disco of the Gaeltacht, and one thirsty fifteen-year-old is determined to get the shift against all odds.

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  • Grá & Eagla

    Despite a grá for our native language, many Irish people fear speaking it. Comedian Aine Gallagher explores why.

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  • Prodigy

    A young boy begins to suspect his new neighbour is a world famous pianist who has been missing for over 20 years.

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  • That Old Feeling

    Daniel, a trumpet player whose best audience is his cows, must leave his rural surroundings to search for the uncle who inspired him, and the dream which eludes him.

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  • Shock

    A jogger and a young man try to save a car crash victim’s life.

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  • Rebirth

    “I didn’t get into photography to cover war. I didn’t go to Iraq or Afghanistan. I didn’t go to other wars in distant lands because I’m not interested in war. But here I am.”

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  • The Ledge End of Phil (From Accounting)

    Stuck outside looking in, Phil is forced to face the world he’s been ignoring. Now he must take a leap of faith or be trapped forever.

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  • Ghost Train

    Once a year, estranged brothers Michael and Peter make a reluctant pilgrimage to the old fairground where their friend Sam went missing three decades ago. This time, Michael has a secret to confess.

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  • Debris

    Several years have passed since the suicide of his long-term girlfriend, and David is now in a new relationship. But a chance encounter with the dead woman’s sister raises complex questions about his complicity in her death.

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  • Coda

    A lost soul stumbles drunkenly through Dublin city. In a park, death finds him and shows him many things.

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  • Beirt le Chéile

    Tar éis Éirí Amach na Cásca, iompraíonn Tom a dheartháir gortaithe trí bhunchnoic Chill Mhantáin chun cabhair a fháil. Ach mar gheall ar chluiche páistí a bhaineann le haithne contráilte, ní thiteann rudaí amach mar ba chóir.

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  • Sophie at the Races

    A child’s journey to reunite her parents leads Sophie to the realisation that ‘family’ comes in many guises.

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  • Seventh Son

    Since ancient times the seventh son has been said o possess great magic. They are healers, in tune with nature, animals, and all living things.

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  • Rockmount

    1982, Cork. Roy is 11, small and sure he’s going to get on his club’s starting team. Even if no one else is.

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  • Rince

    A snapshot into the lives of a family of dancers in the West of Ireland. While preparing dinner, the mother brings to light their competitive edge.

    Sraicfhéachaint ar shaol teaghlaigh damhsóirí in larthar na hÉireann. Nochtaíonn an mháthair an cumas... Read More

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  • An Engineer Imagines

    This sumptuous documentary pays homage to the life and ideas of Peter Rice, widely regarded as one of the most distinguished engineers of the late twentieth century. Without his innovations and collaborations with the leading architects of his time, some... Read More

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  • Personal Development

    Fintan’s already fragile relationship with his youngest daughter is put to the test with the arrival of some unexpected news.

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  • Deadly

    Deadly tells the story of Boney, a working stiff who doesn’t care about his dead-end job. That is until, he has a run-in with a spirited old lady named Bridie…

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  • Cutting Grass

    It’s a hot summer and a young inner-city boy, Donal, is trying his hand at cutting lawns for pocket money. When he meets Gerry, his luck changes.

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  • Céad Ghrá

    Two best-friends set out on a quest in pursuit of their first crush.

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  • Somewhere Down the Line

    Somewhere Down the Line follows a man’s life, loves and losses, shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car.

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  • Violet

    Violet is the cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection. Tired of the abuse, her reflection decides she’s not going to take it any more…

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  • Unhinged

    The squeaky hinge gets the oil. But when the squeak escapes the oil, it’s sure to get you!

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  • They Shoot People

    Jane is a neglected 12 year old working in the family shooting range. She’s always been good with guns, and one evening at the local carnival she gets a chance to prove it – forever altering the course of her... Read More

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  • The Great Fall

    Up in the clouds, a nervous, young raindrop is terrified about his first fall to earth as an imminent storm rapidly approaches.

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  • Maidhm

    An autistic boy’s world is thrown into chaos as he searches for his mother.

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  • January Hymn

    A reflection on the intangible experience of grief, January Hymn sees Clara return home for the first anniversary of her father’s death.

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  • How Was Your Day?

    A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her first child.

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  • Geist

    A shipwrecked fisherman takes shelter in an abandoned house on a remote island, but soon realises he is not alone.

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  • Filleadh an Athair

    Scaoiltear fear as an bpríosún le castáil ar a iníon fásta. Ach cuireann trioblóid agus náire sa bhaile baol ar saoirse an fir.

     

    A man gets out of prison to see his adult daughter. Shame, rejection and trouble with his... Read More

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  • Displaced

    A journey through the memories and hopes of people who have been displaced in life, exploring how they find their link home.

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  • City of Roses

    One Halloween night a smouldering suitcase was pulled off a bonfire in Dublin, saving a true story of love, loss and hope.

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  • Blight

    A young priest is sent to a remote island off the Irish coast to help protect an estranged fishing community from dark supernatural forces, but nothing is as it seems.

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  • A Coat Made Dark

    A man follows the orders of a dog to wear a coat with impossible pockets.

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  • St. Patrick’s Day

    A sensitive but slightly oddball student enters the life of her unsuspecting teacher and wreaks havoc.

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  • The Lost Letter

    When a young boy asks Santa Claus for the ultimate gift, he sets out to prepare the entire neighbourhood for the big day. But the boy’s plans are turned upside down when he meets the one lady who doesn’t want... Read More

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  • Second to None

    A  black comedy in stop motion about the world’s second oldest man who learns that ambition can be a killer.

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  • Bainne

    During the last year of The Great Famine in Ireland, a farmhand working for the local landlord has hardened his heart against his countrymen to ensure his own survival. But when he encounters a ghostly female figure stealing milk from... Read More

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  • Psychic

    A charismatic television psychic is forced out of retirement by his two manipulative sons and taken on the road. The last obstacle to gaining a large cult following is a sceptical TV host determined to bring them down.

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  • Bending Glass

    Since the beginning of the neon industry in Ireland in the 1930s, the community has been incredibly closed and tight knit. There is no formal training, with only five glass benders in the country today. Eighty year old Paddy Dignam... Read More

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  • Reality Baby

    A group of friends are given lifelike baby dolls to care for over twenty four hours, but how will they rise to the challenges of teenage motherhood?

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  • The Butcher

    Retired butcher Joe Williams runs a boxing club in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick. He trains boxers from both settled and traveller communities. In a dying town where most of the buildings are empty, the boxing club is one of the few... Read More

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  • The Vasectomy Doctor

    Dr Andrew Rynne was the first doctor to perform vasectomies in Ireland, estimating that he has performed over 35,000. Persevering in the face of opposition from the Church and State in Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s, Dr Rynne continued... Read More

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  • The Trap

    A grieving farmer becomes convinced — that his sheep are falling prey to a dangerous predator.

    In an attempt to find and capture the creature he risks sacrificing his already strained marriage.

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  • Low Tide

    Jack is excited about heading out to sea on a fishing trip. But things take a sudden dark turn when his dad stops the boat and tellsJack that they have hit a monster.

    What Jack sees in the water will... Read More

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  • Day Out

    A father takes his daughters on an impromptu day out to the seaside with unsettling consequences.

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  • Lady Black Eyes

    Nora and Devon live in a bubble of electronic music, dance and intense young love in a tiny flat in Dublin city until they set out to confront someone from Nora’s childhood. Once there, Nora comes to the realisation of... Read More

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  • An Gadhar Dubh

    A young man and his elderly father are terrorised by a mysterious black dog in Connemara in 1910.

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  • The Wiremen

    Set in Ireland in the 1960s, The Wiremen  is the fantastic tale about six-year-old Rosie as she hunts through the dark for a fairy only to encounter the mystical and terrifying Wiremen.

    Awards: Best Irish short film, China Ireland International Film Festival,... Read More

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  • Honest

    One Sunday, Theo, who finds his family’s weekly church attendance to be an absolute bore-fest makes a brave decision that puts him at odds with the Son of God. Will Theo confess or will he hold fast, and risk dire... Read More

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  • Q4L (quest for love)

    Arriving at a new home in Paris, Eve begins to explore the city, wandering through crowds devouring the freedom, with Max drifting around her — a companion, a burden, a mystery. Eve faces and tests herself, tests their bond and... Read More

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  • Mary

    When he manages to destroy the town’s beloved Virgin Mary statue, Charlie O’Connor does the only thing he can do; he frames his older brother.

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  • Frida Think

    A woman walks into a party dressed as Frida Kahlo, only to find that her version of unique has mass appeal.

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  • Procession

    A community of bedraggled misfits gather to mourn one of their own the only way they know how — an eccentric folk music funeral.

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  • Where is Eva Hipsey?

    Where is Eva Hipsey? is an experimental animated film that blends documentary, fiction and poetry. Driven by curiosity and a desire to listen deeply, Eva explores and attempts to capture the world around her, stepping further and further away from... Read More

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  • Tomato Can

    Danny ‘Danger’ Kelly is a retired journeyman boxer who accepts a last-minute fight. But there’s one problem – it’s his weekend to look after his teenage daughter, Leah. He thinks he has nothing to lose, while Leah just thinks he’s... Read More

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  • Time Traveller

    Back To The Future-obsessed traveller boy strives to finish building his own DeLorean replica before his family are evicted from their halting site.

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  • The Tattoo

    A Holocaust survivor working in a New York funeral home makes a distressing discovery.

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  • The Swimmer

    Delving into the peculiar, solitary psyche of West Cork open-water swimmer Stephen Redmond (the first person ever to complete the world-famous Ocean’s Seven Challenge), The Swimmer looks at the beauty and poetry of Stephen’s passion and touches the lives of... Read More

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  • Take Me Swimming

    A son must overcome his own conflicted feelings and honour his father’s intentions to keep his mother alive, despite her expressed wish to the contrary.

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  • Smithy & Dickie

    Smithy & Dickie celebrates old love letters, while questioning how the current digital age is potentially obliterating any record of our most precious moments.

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  • Nice Night For It

    Ground down by endless nights awake, an insomniac takes a nighttime walk, where she finds comfort in a fellow sleepless stranger.

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  • Neon

    The world is poisoned. A sacrificial population is tasked with carving out a clean passage with neon lights between pockets of surviving civilisation. One ‘runner’ dares to race for her life against all the odds.

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  • Mother & Baby

    Discarded in death as they were in life, Mother & Baby bears witness to children of the ‘fallen’ women of Ireland.

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  • Macarooned

    A desperate castaway navigates shark-infested waters to reach a nearby island paradise, and pits his wits against an escalating run of extraordinary bad luck.

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  • Late Afternoon

    An elderly woman drifts back through her memories. She exists between two states, the past and the present.

    Nominated for Academy Awards 2019.

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  • Hey Ronnie Reagan

    In 1984, a tiny anonymous Tipperary village was thrust in to the world’s spotlight when US President Ronald Reagan arrived to visit his ancestral home. It was said that Ballyporeen would never be the same again…

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  • Deposits

    Deposits concerns the connection of all the ‘Disappeared’, who are the remains of those murdered by the Provisional Irish Republican Army, and those killed centuries earlier by the British Redcoats. In common they are buried without trace, but are connected by... Read More

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  • Departure

    Faced with the prospect of yet another Christmas without her emigrated family, Alma, a lonely Irish grandmother, is at an all time low. This would-be tragedy quickly turns into a comedy as the universe conspires to bring her closer to... Read More

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  • Cat Calls

    A man cruises around late at night looking for something. He pulls in to ask two young girls for directions – only to flash them to get a cheap thrill. Unfortunately, he has picked the wrong girls. They are also... Read More

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  • Bordalo II: A Life of Waste

    An intimate portrait of Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo as he aims to highlight the extent of our wastefulness and the impact this has on our environment through his ‘Trash Animals’ sculptures.

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  • The Bird and the Whale

    A baby whale separated from his family encounters a caged bird – the sole survivor of a shipwreck.

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  • Bellwether

    On a remote beach in the west of Ireland, Anne begins her journey to become the Bellwether – the sheep that can lead the flock.

     

     

     

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  • An Island

    A solitary man sets out to conquer an isolated island.

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  • A Different Kind of Day

    A random encounter between two young adults who have Down Syndrome and a group of youths has unexpected consequences which change the day for everyone.

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  • IFI International March 2019

    1-3 March // Toronto Irish Film Festival // Under the Clock, Dublin Oldschool, Anseo i Lár an Ghleanna [In the Shadow of the Glen], The Camino Voyage, The Dig // TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3 // Toronto, Canada

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  • I, Dolours

    I, Dolours is the story of one of the first female leaders in the IRA. A member of a crack IRA unit which she claims was run by Gerry Adams, Dolours Price participated in the Old Bailey car bomb attack... Read More

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  • IFI International: February 2019

    1-9 February // Clermont Ferrand Film Festival // Yu Ming is Ainm Dom // Clermont Ferrand, France

    8 February // Cinegael Montreal // Float Like a Butterfly // J.A. DeSève Cinema, Concordia University // Montreal, Canada

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  • We Ourselves

    We Ourselves is a formally unconventional film dealing with the lives of a group of seven friends over a period of more than two decades. In consecutive monologues, the film tells the story of Irish characters who worked together in... Read More

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  • Float Like a Butterfly

    In rural Ireland in the 1960s, Frances (Hazel Doupe) is a young Traveller who has coped with tragedy from an early age. When her father Michael (Dara Devaney) is imprisoned, Frances learns to fend for herself and her brother, developing... Read More

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  • Murdair Mhám Trasna

    A feature length docu-drama centered on an infamous event in Irish history, the brutal slaying in 1882 of a family of five in the remote village of Mám Trasna in the west of Ireland.

    A swift and severe response from... Read More

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  • Battlefield

    Mick O’Dea RHA is one of Ireland’s most renowned living painters. His diverse range of work includes a ten-year study of the War of Independence, culled from found and researched images. As he prepares a monumental exhibition “The Foggy Dew”... Read More

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  • Under the Clock

    This documentary (from the makers of Older than Ireland) celebrates the century-long tradition, firmly embedded in the hearts and minds of Dubliners, of meeting under Clery’s clock. This once-popular meeting place provides a starting point for a fascinating journey through... Read More

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  • Keepers of the Flame

    This feature-length documentary tells the story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war in Ireland. It brings to light the diverse experiences of some of the 85,000 ordinary Irish men and women who made pension and... Read More

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  • Shooting the Darkness

    A powerful new documentary about the men who unwittingly became war photographers on the streets of their own Northern Irish towns. They did not leave home in search of war and adventure: the violence erupted around them. They expected a... Read More

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  • Starboard Home

    Featuring the highly successful Starboard Home album and showcase gigs at the National Concert Hall, Dublin this documentary celebrates the formative bond between Dublin’s port, city and river through music, song and spoken word.

    The film illustrates the songs, airs... Read More

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  • Slán Leis an gCeol

    A lyrical portrait of a brilliant yet tormented artist, Slán leis an gCeol (Farewell to Music) explores the complexities of a talented and philosophical man. Tony MacMahon, one of Ireland’s most remarkable traditional musicians, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s and... Read More

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  • The Favourite

    Two rivals vie for the affections of Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’s deliciously caustic black comedy. Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), the Duchess of Marlborough, has long been the trusted companion of the insecure, jealous and physically ailing monarch (Olivia... Read More

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  • Black 47

    Given the number of films which have taken their inspiration from Ireland’s troubled history, the lack of those that depict the events of the Great Famine is all the more noticeable, and so credit is due to director Lance Daly... Read More

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  • IFI International: January 2019

    11 January // Cinegael Montreal – Spring season launch // Black 47 // J.A. DeSève Cinema, Concordia University // Montreal, Canada

    24 January // Irish Cultural Centre // I, Dolours + Q&A with director Maurice Sweeney //... Read More

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  • The Man Who Wanted to Fly

    Eighty-something Cavan bachelor Bobby Coote left school at 13 and says his reading and writing isn’t great. He spends his days fixing clocks and making violins from old furniture. But he’s never lost sight of a lifelong dream to take... Read More

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  • Lomax in Éireann

    In 1951 American musicologist Alan Lomax travelled to Ireland and, guided by piper Séamus Ennis, began recording and collecting traditional Irish songs and music. Released as the album Ireland, and credited with the folk and traditional music revivals of the... Read More

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  • IFI International: December 2018

    4th December // Embassy of Ireland lecture and cinema cycle dedicated to the work of Irish director Thaddeus O’ Sullivan // Citizen Lane // Lisbon, Portugal // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland Lisbon, Portugal

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  • Good Favour

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