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This programme of works curated by aemi looks at the role of the artist/filmmaker as researcher. Featuring the Irish premiere of Luke Fowler’s portrait of experimental composer Martin Bartlett as well as one of Agnès Varda’s greatest achievements, Ulysse (1982),... Read More
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Colm Nicell.
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... Read More
Following the death of her husband, a lonely woman (Monica Dolan) nurses a dry, almost dead, potted fern back to life. As the plant thrives, an unlikely relationship develops as the fern becomes her constant companion, that is until a... Read More
The screening on Friday, October 5th at 18.30 will be followed by a Q&A with director Katrina Costello.
A cinematic eulogy to nature and agrarian culture and a glimpse into the life of farmer/poet Patrick McCormack, descendant of generations of... Read More
One of cinema’s most prolific and impactful documentary directors, Alex Gibney, is best known for tackling big stories of international significance: Enron, Scientology, clerical sex abuse, and Al Qaeda. Here, he narrows his focus to explore the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre... Read More
*Free Event – tickets can be obtained on the night from the IFI Box Office on a first-come, first-served basis*
Archivists, film scholars and historians will discuss the digitisation, and exploration of this recently acquired newsreel collection which documents the... Read More
The paths of three cross-generational characters overlap and interconnect in Karim Moussaoui’s Until the Birds Return, an ambitious triptych that attempts to gauge the mood of contemporary Algerian society from multiple perspectives: a property developer who witnesses a crime; a... Read More
Mitra is an artist in her forties who embarks on her dream project of making a film about legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum (1900-1975), whose music continues to resonate throughout the Arab world. Her film explores the struggles, sacrifices and... Read More
Khaled (Ahmed El-Fishawy) is a respected junior cleric in Alexandria whose seemingly stable life becomes derailed by the news of Michael Jackson’s death in June 2009. Succumbing to long-suppressed feelings of turmoil and anxiety, he begins neglecting his wife and... Read More
A minor altercation escalates into a dispute that comes to encapsulate the lasting legacy of the Lebanese Civil War in Ziad Doueiri’s incendiary drama, a recent Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. While renovating the façade of a building... Read More
A documentary portrait of an isolated rural Amazigh village in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, House in the Fields is a portrait of a community that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years despite being confronted by the rapidly... Read More
Diving headlong into the volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five people, Moscow Never Sleepsis multi-narrative drama about the hidden bonds that connects us all. An entrepreneur whose business empire comes under siege by powerful bureaucrats,... Read More
LENNY ABRAHAMSON: EARLY WORKS
Join us for free films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect tickets at IFI Box Office
Coinciding with the release of his sixth feature film The Little Stranger, we look back at the first film... Read More
James Allen (Laurence O’Fuarain) is a successful, controlling, thirty-something banker living alone and working in Dublin city at the tail-end of the recession. When a family tragedy occurs at the hands of his employer he decides to take action which... Read More
Q&A- Join director Lenny Abrahamson for a post-screening Q&A on Friday 21st at 18.00, hosted by Sinéad Gleeson.
There will be Open Captioned (OC) screenings at 13.00 on Sunday 23rd and 20.40 on Wednesday 26th.
Following the critical and commercial success... Read More
OCT 9TH – NOV 13TH
A Six-Week Evening Course on Music for Film
From silent film accompaniment to multi-selling soundtracks, film music has evolved to become an essential and dynamic component. Compositions from award-winners such as Ennio Morricone or John... Read More
For Wild Strawberries this month, we are offering you the chance to see a brand new film from the main IFI programme.
This latest feature from Irish filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson (Room, What Richard Did) is an adaptation of Sarah Waters’s... Read More
The 18.15 screening on Wednesday October 3rd will be followed by a Q&A featuring director Alan Gilsenan and cast members.
Prolific Irish director Alan Gilsenan has throughout his career frequently addressed issues of social interest. Following the success last year... Read More
LENNY ABRAHAMSON: EARLY WORKS
Join us for free films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect tickets at IFI Box Office – please see www.ifi.ie for more information.
Coinciding with the release of his sixth feature film The... Read More
Released in a new 4K digital restoration, Francis Ford Coppola’s mob classic is simply one of cinema’s finest achievements, with the story of the reluctant ascent of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) to patriarch of his family’s crime syndicate offering limitless... Read More
Our monthly gastronomic feature followed by a meal in the IFI Café Bar.
September’s pairing of a new release and a specially devised main course menu will Agnès Varda and JR’s Oscar-nominated Faces Places.
Nonagenarian and treasure of world cinema... Read More
Versatile actor John Carroll Lynch makes his directorial début with this leisurely portrait of the titular character, played by the late, great Harry Dean Stanton.
A prickly individual with a low tolerance for inanity, Lucky adheres to a strict daily... Read More
The latest provocation from Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, Enter the Void) defies categorisation as the director plunges his audiences once again into a roiling, red-hued inferno of sex, drugs and violence, allegedly based on real events.
A contemporary dance troupe is... Read More
Coinciding with the release of his sixth feature film The Little Stranger, we look back at the... Read More
This engaging documentary proves as much an examination of the immigrant experience and the dualities that can result as it is of the life and career of its subject, provocative Sri Lankan-born artist M.I.A. Forced to leave for England as... Read More
The Go-Betweens: Right Here uncovers the intensely passionate, creative and fraught relationships behind one of the most loved and influential bands in Australian rock history.
Kriv Stenders’s documentary is not only the story of a creative adventure that spanned three... Read More
IFI FRENCH FILM CLUB – Tickets for Alliance Française and IFI members cost just €7.50 for the 18.30 screening on Tuesday 25th.
The indefatigable Agnès Varda, nonagenarian and treasure of world cinema, teams up with the mysterious JR, a thirty-something... Read More
Chloé Zhao’s lyrical new work is evocative of films such as David Gordon Green’s George Washington (2000) or Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone (2010) in its depiction of an America seldom seen on screen.
In South Dakota, the promising career of... Read More
A road movie in miniature, Wajib (which translates as ‘duty’) sees prodigal son Shadi return home to the Arab community in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth. Following local tradition, Shadi accompanies his taciturn father Abu Shadi as he drives... Read More
Join us at the IFI Café Bar for a night of classic wine tasting on Thursday, October 4th at 19.30.
For only €20 learn how to tell your Rueda from Rioja, all paired with Lamb Sausage, Salmon and Crab Roulade,... Read More
This is a FREE event – simply collect your ticket on the night, before the showings at 18.15, 19.00 & 19.45.
The IFI celebrates Culture Night with free screenings of Irish shorts from the IFI Irish Film Archive.
Three distinct... Read More
This screening will be followed by a wine reception in the IFI foyer.
Bing Liu had been filming his friends Zach and Keire for years, capturing their skateboarding antics and camaraderie as they negotiate the transition to adulthood... Read More
5 FILM PASS FOR €45 AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT THE IFI BOX OFFICE
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Marcus Robinson and Humbert Camerlo (the founder of the Full Moon Theatre in Gorgoubès).
A cinematic... Read More
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter.
For more than ten years 53-year-old Marish has been held captive by another woman, Eta, who... Read More
SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Tom Burke and composer Gerry Horan.
The 375 residents of Newtok, Alaska watch their homes... Read More
Celebrated for his extraordinary singing voice, the late Indigenous Australian multi-instrumentalist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was on the cusp of breakout success when he died at the... Read More
The story of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign is recounted through a collage of Russian propaganda clips in Maxim Pozdorovkin’s (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer) provocative... Read More
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Anna Frances Ewert hosted by Anna Rodgers.
Seven elderly Cistercians in Kildare open their doors and... Read More
Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih was the first Palestinian woman to be appointed to one of the country’s Islamic Shari’a law courts, which adjudicate on matters of divorce,... Read More
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Keith Walsh and producer Jill Beardsworth.
Though firmly embedded in Gort and Crusheen in the west of Ireland,... Read More
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Steven Eastwood.
At a hospice on the Isle of Wight, four people with terminal illnesses experience... Read More
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with co-director Almudena Carracedo.
The forty year legacy of General Franco’s dictatorship and the irrepressibility of memory and... Read More
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Brian Hill and Niamh Kennedy.
3,532 people were killed and 47,541 injured as a result of The Troubles... Read More
The Irish shorts programme showcases emerging talent in observational, expository, participatory and poetic forms of documentary filmmaking. This year’s selection includes: The Reek (Jamie Goldrick, 7 mins); Johnny... Read More
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ross Whitaker.
Katie Taylor, Olympic Gold Medallist and multiple European and World Amateur Championship titleholder, turned professional and... Read More
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Frank Shouldice, Bobby Coote and DOP Dave Perry.
Eighty-something Cavan bachelor Bobby Coote left school at 13... Read More
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Roger Doyle and director Brian Lally.
Composer Roger Doyle prepares for the staging of Heresy, his first opera, in... Read More
The IFI, in association with Screen Producers Ireland, is holding a discussion on the state of documentary production in Ireland today. As audiences change and publishers look for the next big hit, Irish and international speakers will discuss the challenges... Read More
Two star-crossed lovers play out an epic, much-thwarted romance spanning 15 years across Poland, France and Germany in Pawel Pawlikowski’s entrancing, rapturously beautiful follow up to his much-fêted Ida.
The film begins in the war-ravaged Poland of 1946 where Wiktor... Read More
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
Spike Lee’s new film inserts polemic borne of anger and outrage at the division of America along racial lines into his most accessible and straightforwardly entertaining film in some time.
Based on a true story, it recounts the successful infiltration... Read More
Listen to our Q&A with director Lance Daly here.
There will be an Open Captioned screenings on the 21st of September at 15.50 and the 24th of September at 20.50.
Given the number of films which have taken their... Read More
The complexities of a father/son relationship are explored in this documentary from Irish director Donal Foreman.
Foreman, a passionate cinephile and keen filmmaker since childhood, grapples with the legacy of his estranged father, the late documentarian, Arthur MacCaig, whose decades-long... Read More
Inspired by true stories, seven interconnecting stories are set in and around the lost and found office of a train station in Ireland.
14th to 23rd September // Irish Culture Foundation / Fundacja Kultury Irlandzkiej // In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, After 16 short films: The Party, My Life for Ireland, Goodbye Darling, A Father’s Letter, Granite and Chalk,... Read More
24 August // PolskaEire Festival // Sing Street // Ruda Śląska, Poland
The history of Ireland has been deeply affected by emigration, with almost 10 million people emigrating from the island of Ireland between 1800 and 2015. Charting the journeys of five Irish emigrants across four continents as they pursue a common... Read More
On the 16th of December 2016 a group of housing activists and trade unionists commandeered Apollo House, an empty Nama-controlled office block on Dublin’s Poolbeg Street and opened a shelter for homeless people. Joined by well-known public figures, including film... Read More
Spanning a decade that culminated in the 34th amendment to the Irish constitution, Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea’s IFTA-nominated documentary feature follows the founders and members of the Marriage Equality in Ireland organisation as they campaigned for the extension of... Read More
5th July // London Irish Centre Film Club // The Rocky Road to Dublin + The Making of The Rocky Road to Dublin // London, UK // Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain
Emmet Kirwan’s play was a hit on the Irish stage, drawing from the author’s own experiences as he played Jason, an aspiring DJ whose life revolves around ‘the session’, but who is stopped in his tracks by a chance encounter... Read More
Two couples appear content in their middle-class Dublin lives: rewarding jobs, good work/life balance, happy kids and entertaining friends. Cracks begin to appear when Jim (Cillian Murphy) and Danielle (Eva Birthistle) discover that Yvonne (Catherine Walker) and Chris (Andrew Scott)... Read More
To celebrate one hundred years of women’s suffrage, artist Noel Murphy embarked on a six-month journey to paint the 53 sitting women members of the Houses of the Oireachtas in one single portrait, unveiled in the Oireachtas on International Women’s... Read More
This atmospheric, hallucinatory drama about youth at risk in small-town Ireland represents an auspicious feature debut for Northern Irish director Aoife McArdle, who brings to the cinema screen the dynamic visual sense she honed through working on celebrated music videos.
The Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon animation studio (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea) returns with another Oscar-nominated triumph; directed by Nora Twomey – co-director of Kells – The Breadwinner is a beautifully realised ode to resilience under oppression and... Read More
Reta Winters (Catherine Keener) has many reasons to be happy: her three teenage daughters, her twenty‐year relationship with her husband, and her work as a successful translator and novelist. But suddenly, all the quiet satisfactions of her life disappear when... Read More
Dafhyd Flynn plays Michael McCrea, an impressionable 18-year-old living with his grandfather Francis (Lalor Roddy) in a Dublin housing estate. His life is derailed when he is caught holding a bag of drugs for a friend’s older brother and sentenced... Read More
Over 30,000 students prepare for piano exams each year in Ireland. In this delightfully quirky and uplifting documentary, we are invited into the world of the piano lesson. The film examines the special bond between piano teachers and their pupils,... Read More
Experimental filmmaker Dean Kavanagh’s latest work is a genre-defying exploration of the cinematic apparatus. The film concerns a character (played with corporeal intensity by Cillian Roche) who happens upon a group undergoing bestial metamorphosis. Narrative is not at the forefront... Read More
Phantom Islands is an experimental film that exists at the boundaries of documentary and fiction. Directed by Rouzbeh Rashidi, with the visual intensity that has marked him as one of Ireland’s most radical and unique filmmakers, it follows a couple... Read More
Director Niall McCann’s observational drama centres on well-known Irish musician Adrian Crowley. While being interviewed by a film crew for his latest album, an interruption causes Adrian to ponder – what would a film about his life be like? Could... Read More
Following the success of Fortune’s Wheel (about Bill Stephens, the Fairview lion tamer), director Joe Lee focuses now on another Dublin neighbourhood, Inchicore, to tell the extraordinary story of life as lived over 200 years in Richmond Barracks, Keogh Square and St... Read More
A young autistic boy fascinated with motorsport unexpectedly finds a chance to put his passion to the test.
Director Aleksander Szeser captures the essence of Formula racing in this short film shot at Dublin’s Mondello Park, while Ethan Dodd embodies an... Read More
A crew of explorers takes to the beloved, sacred Camino de Santiago – not by land but by sea – in this evocative, immersive documentary by director Dónal Ó Ceilleachair (Aisling Gheal, Ó Chúil Aodha go hÓileán Í). The adventurers,... Read More
3rd June // Eve Film Festival // Revolutions // Ottawa, Canada
3rd June // European Film Festival // Kissing Candice // Sibiu, Romania // Presented in association with the Embassy of Ireland, Bucharest
7th June // Equality Week Warsaw // Queen of Ireland... Read More
2nd May // Festival Eurocine // The Drummer and the Keeper // Medellín, Colombia
3rd May // Festival Eurocine // The Drummer and the Keeper // Calí, Colombia
7th to 13th May // European Film Festival // Kissing Candice [12th May] // Bucharest, Romania... Read More
3rd April // Centre Culturel Irlandais // Maze // Paris, France
4th April // Irish Film Festival London presents a UK tour of In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America and Q&A with director Maurice Fitzpatrick // Leeds, UK
5th... Read More
1st – 4th March // Chicago Irish Film Festival // In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, A Little Bit of Tear, I’m Talking to You, Markey’s Bad Week, Writing Home, Thespish, The Breadwinner, Zoo, Keep it Reel, Puc... Read More
James Demo’s feature documentary is an intimate portrait of international peacemaker Padraig O’Malley, an Irish man who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. Padraig has worked in conflict resolution for over 40 years. Among... Read More
3rd – 11th February // Cine O’Clock: Cinéma britannique & irlandais // A Date for Mad Mary, Patrick’s Day // Lyons, France
6th February // Centre Culturel Irlandais // It’s Not Yet Dark, The Sound of People // Paris, France
23rd – 24th February // The... Read More
Kíla: Pota Óir is a portrait of one of Ireland’s most respected cult bands who merge folk and world music traditions into a euphoric live experience. Now in their 30th year, Kíla, formed by a bunch of musical youths in... Read More
5th – 14th January // Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival // Maze, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, Sing Street, Song of the Sea // Fremantle, Australia
26th January // Irish Language, A Day of Irish Literature, Film and Song //... Read More
Alan Gilsenan’s feature documentary tells the incredible story of Eliza Lynch, the Cork-born woman who became lover to Francisco Solano López, later the president of Paraguay. Maria Doyle Kennedy captures the spirit of Eliza in her later years, while Paraguayan... Read More
A searing portrait of one of Ireland’s most renowned traditional musicians, concertina player Noel Hill, as he recovers from a serious assault that left him a battered shadow of his former self. Noel Hill’s dream of a new life with... Read More
Featuring 30 men and women, all born before 1916, Older than Ireland is something of a landmark documentary that explores what it means to have lived 100 years, and more, in Ireland. Director Alex Fegan, who recently took the measure... Read More
Panti Bliss – AKA Rory O’Neill – is many things: Ireland’s premiere drag queen, successful businesswoman and, most recently, an accidental activist and campaigner on the world stage championing LGBT rights. Described by long-time co-conspirator Niall Sweeney as a “glamorous... Read More
This piercing new film by Carol Morley offers us the true story of an ill-fated modern-day Eleanor Rigby. In 2006, council officials forcibly entered a north London flat with an eviction notice, only to recoil at the decomposing body of Joyce Carol Vincent, a woman... Read More
Playwright Ed Smith (Matthew O’Brien) has fallen far from the heights of his early success on the Dublin stage. When he receives word of a family bereavement he travels home to Mayo to attend the funeral and reconnect with family... Read More
Screening in tribute to filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice, this is an inspirational portrait of a filmmaker who recently lost his battle against Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
When he was diagnosed with MND in 2008, Simon was told he had four years... Read More
A programme of seven of the short films commissioned by the Arts Council and TG4, in association with the Galway Film Centre, for Splanc! 2016. This is a special edition of the Irish-language documentary scheme in which film artists provide their creative responses... Read More
Part documentary, part reverie,
I Am Belfast is Mark Cousins’ film exploration of the city he calls home.
Incorporating contemporary dream-like sequences, archival film and a haunting score by David Holmes, the film portrays the city in an ethereal light not... Read More
This compendium of short films invites us into the quirkily observed world of director Ken Wardrop and producer Andrew Freedman. Their early work as classmates at the National Film School at IADT in Dun Laoghaire reveals the roots of the... Read More
Born and Reared explores contemporary Northern Ireland through the lives of four men living in the aftermath of violent conflict. In Northern Ireland today communities struggle to come to terms with the horrors and sacrifices of the past. Four men, of... Read More
In 1961 George Best, a shy well-mannered Belfast teenager, was recruited by Manchester United to become what Pelé would call “the greatest player in the world”. A devilishly charismatic figure, Best achieved celebrity status early. His football was transcendent (playing... Read More
The Road to God Knows Where was a breakthrough, iconoclastic film for Alan Gilsenan and remains a memorable zeitgeist movie of Ireland in a transformational decade. The 1980s was a period of social regression, emigration and political crisis. Capturing the... Read More
Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins (Silence) presents the life story of legendary sean nós singer Joe Heaney (Seosamh Ó hÉanaí). The film celebrates the genius of the musician while painting an unflinching portrait of a deeply enigmatic and complex man. Born in Connemara in... Read More
The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy is a new film work by Irish-born, Turner Prize-winning artist Duncan Campbell. Filmed in and around the Kerry village of Dún Chaoin the film integrates newly-scripted dramatised material with footage from The Village (1968),... Read More
The GAZE on Tour 2017 Irish LGBT shorts programme explores the past, present and future of the Irish LGBT experience, and portrays the spectrum of storytelling produced on our island.
Tuesday Night Director: Michael Healy A dark comedy about the... Read More
In this keenly anticipated second feature documentary, Ken Wardrop explores a series of mother/
son relationships to reveal the universality of their experience. Zooming in on the state of Oklahoma, recently voted the manliest state in the USA, Wardrop finds his... Read More
In this provocative political thriller which deals with the complexities of post-Troubles Northern Ireland, diplomat Henry Stanfield (Roger Allam) has been appointed by the PM to lead the recently established Truth Commission. His attention is brought to focus on three... Read More
In their documentary debut Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their point of departure the compelling 18th Century figure Ambrose O’Higgins (father of Bernardo O’Higgins, the first leader of independent Chile) and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from... Read More
In 1879, fifteen people in the village of Knock, Co. Mayo witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary.
The village was declared a Marian Shrine and today welcomes over one million pilgrims annually. Aoife Kelleher (One Million Dubliners) builds a... Read More
In the spring of 1981 Bobby Sands, a Republican prisoner in Belfast’s H-Block, began a sixty-six day hunger strike which drew the attention of the world to his campaign for recognition as a political prisoner. This focus on the Northern... Read More
Free-spirited Meg thinks she has everything she wants, a great job and an exciting social life. But things are suddenly turned upside-down when she finds herself needing the one thing that she least expected – a baby. With the clock... Read More
In 1975 Irish immigrant Denis Mulcahy of the NYPD bomb squad began a scheme offering children from Northern Ireland respite from the Troubles. Project Children ultimately brought more than 20,000 Catholic and Protestant children to suburban USA for summer-long visits... Read More
For a fleeting moment in the early 1980s Tommy Byrne was the world’s greatest Formula 1 driver, a man who looked set to rival Senna and Schumacher with his fearless style and his record-breaking speeds. Coming from humble Dundalk roots... Read More
Takasera, a village in Western Nepal, is settled on a hill above an ancient lakebed, composed of hundreds of tightly interwoven houses, giving an appearance of a giant buzzing bee-hive. Surrounded by mountains, and connected only by a dead-end dirt... Read More
Ivor Browne has been a central figure in Irish mental health for many decades. Some people wish he wasn’t. Yet many people owe their lives to him. Browne somehow managed to be part of the establishment while still being one... Read More
This observational feature – at times intimate, at times epic – embeds itself in a community of surfers in Lahinch, Co. Clare, following their on-and off-season lives over the course of a sea-buffeted year. The surfers have dedicated their lives... Read More
After an eclectic range of films in recent years, Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In America) returns to Irish themes and material with this adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s acclaimed novel. The elderly Rose (the inimitable Vanessa Redgrave) is the last... Read More
Hidden just outside the town of Kells in County Meath is an enchanting, worn and weathered country house now home to Headfort, Ireland’s only boarding school for primary school children.
At its heart is a bemused elderly couple, John and... Read More
Revolution in Colour reclaims the story of the Irish struggle for independence during the first quarter of the 20th century from the remote world of black and white to the vibrant world of living colour. A meticulous job of colourisation brings a... Read More
Returning to boarding school after the holidays, Ned (Fionn O’Shea), a bullied but resilient outsider, is dismayed to find he has been assigned a new roommate, Conor (Nicholas Galitzine), a rugby-playing Adonis. When Conor is drafted into the gang of... Read More
Blood Fruit takes us back to the height of the apartheid regime in South Africa in 1984 when Mary Manning, a 21-year-old Dunnes Stores checkout girl, refused to sell Outspan grapefruits under direction from her union in support of the anti-apartheid... Read More
Amanda Coogan: Long Now is an exploration of Coogan’s durational performance art practice. The film follows Coogan during a grueling six week live durational exhibition; I’ll sing you a song from around the town.
Hosted in Dublin’s RHA Gallery, the exhibition became... Read More
Ruth (Caoilfhionn Dunne) is a woman filled with rage, guilt and self-loathing, unable to forgive herself for a drunken indiscretion with a colleague which resulted in the loss of her husband and her unborn child. As her moodswings and angry... Read More
Director Lorcan Finnegan’s debut feature sees land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna) working in a remote woodland area.
Having begun his task alone, the location has unsettled Eric, a situation not alleviated by the arrival of assistant and mistress Olivia (Niamh... Read More
‘Smolt (n.) Young salmon migrating to sea for first time.’
While trying to offload secondhand cigarettes, two 12-year-olds, Darren and Leon, become embroiled in a saga involving counterfeit football jerseys. Conceived in the style of a bootleg VHS, award-winning filmmaker... Read More
Revolutions introduces the exciting, sometimes brutal, world of women’s roller derby, a non-traditional sport that is gaining popularity but still operates well outside the sporting mainstream. Director Laura McGann followed a number of women over four years as they commit... Read More
John Connors plays Jay Connolly, a part-time DJ and low-level drug dealer living in Darndale, an area rife with gangland violence, drugs and social problems. When his welfare payments are cut off, he decides it’s time to start dealing more... Read More
Larry, a young man with Down syndrome, is in love with Sophie, who has severe epilepsy, and is keen to express his love for her. With the help of their care-worker, they plan a romantic afternoon in a Galway hotel... Read More
A powerful documentary telling the story of the displacement of a Dublin working-class community through the film and video archives of the community itself.
Drawing on hundreds of hours of local material from the past thirty years, the film explores... Read More
Still working at the age of 95, Pritzker Prize-winning Irish-American architect Kevin Roche is an enigma. He is at the very top of his profession but has little interest in fame or fortune. Roche’s architectural philosophy is that “the responsibility... Read More
Inspired by the true story of the escape by 38 IRA prisoners from the notorious Maze Prison in 1983 (which left one prison officer dead and others seriously injured), Maze is a post-hunger strike narrative which eschews jailbreak high-jinx in favour of... Read More
Three miles off the coast of Florida a five-year-old Cuban boy Elián González is rescued from a sinking boat. 11 other passengers, including the boy’s mother, have drowned.
The film plots how the custody battle between the boy’s Cuban father and... Read More
An intimate portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent developments shaping modern-day Cambodia.
Shot by Irish director Chris Kelly over six years, the film charts the gradual politicisation of two young mothers and one Buddhist monk, the growing... Read More
Bergen-Belsen survivor Tomi Reichental has embarked on a lifelong quest to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive so that its horrors will never be repeated. Now Tomi symbolically celebrates his 80th birthday in a Dublin mosque and embarks on... Read More
Emer Reynolds’s enthralling documentary details NASA’s ambitious Voyager program which, in 1977, launched two probes whose original mission was to study the outermost planets of the Solar System, but went on to become the first human-created object to enter interstellar... Read More
The Lithuanian town of Visaginas is just forty years old but already it faces an uncertain future.
Created to service a nuclear power plant which showcased the wonders of Soviet technology to the West, the city floundered with its closure following the disintegration of the USSR. The inhabitants,... Read More
Caring for horses gives purpose and joy to Lorna, a 17-year-old living in the Dublin suburb of Ballymun.
A fiercely capable and determined young woman, she has her heart set on becoming a farrier, traditionally a male preserve. Her unemployed father, who shares her love of horses,... Read More
Cistercian monk Brother Geraldus (Stanley Weber) arrives on the shores of early-13th century Ireland with the aim of obtaining a religious relic of great significance from a remote community of fellow monks.
His ultimate goal is to present the object... Read More
Though crippled with debilitating arthritis, Maudie (Sally Hawkins) is forced to forge her own path when her brother sells their home. A twist of fate leads her to a job as cleaning lady for taciturn fisherman Ethan Hawke), living in... Read More
Exploring the decades-long campaign by Nobel Prize winner John Hume to secure peace in Northern Ireland, Maurice Fitzpatrick reveals how Hume, inspired by Martin Luther King and rising from the riot-torn streets of Northern Ireland, enlisted an army of heavy-weight... Read More
Irishwoman Mary Elmes (1908-2002) is a remarkable unsung heroine who saved hundreds of children from the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and from the concentration camps of World War II.
In a film narrated by Winona Ryder, Andrew Gallimore pieces together the jigsaw of her... Read More
Drummer Gabriel (Dermot Murphy), recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is forced to curb his erratic behaviour when his therapist changes his medication and insists he join a special football team.
When he meets goalkeeper Christopher (Jacob McCarthy), a 17-year-old with... Read More
Seán Mannion, a talented boxer from the quiet Gaeltacht village of Ros Muc, Co Galway, left Ireland for Boston in the 1970s and rose to the heights of New York’s Madison Square Gardens where, in October 1984, he fought for the WBA light middleweight crown.
This... Read More
Successful author Daniel Doran enjoys a luxurious but vacuous London lifestyle funded by a string of international bestsellers of dubious merit.
When his estranged father falls ill, he reluctantly returns home to the Irish village of Darlingford where he faces... Read More
3rd – 4th November // IrishFest Atlanta // Atlanta, USA
4th November // How Green is the Emerald Isle? // University of St Thomas in Minnesota, Center for Irish Studies // Atlantic // Minnesota, USA
8th – 9th November // Bram... Read More
5th – 9th October // Irish Film Week, Oulu // The Summit, Mairead Farrell : Unfinished Conversation, My Name Is Emily, Brooklyn, The Sea // Oulu, Finland
6th – 8th October // Irish Film Festival, Bangkok // Once, Ryan’s Daughter,... Read More
13th, 14th, 17th, 21st September // Semana de Irlanda de Zaragoza // Eden, His and Hers, Newsreel Programme, 1916: The Irish Rebellion // Zaragoza, Spain
21st – 23rd September // Irish Film Festival, San Francisco // A Date for Mad... Read More
17th – 20th August // Irish Focus at the Festival Hviezdne noci Bytča // The Dead Man of ARAN, Young Cassidy, The Quiet Man, Poitín, Irish Destiny, My Left Foot, Sing Street, The Secret of Kells, Adam and Paul, A Date for... Read More
9th – 30th June // A Celebration of James Joyce // Ulysses, Bloom // Vilnius, Lithuania
16th June // Centre Culturel Irlandais // Bloom // Paris, France
22nd June // Irish Film London ‘Irish Film Makers Meet Up’ // London, UK
22nd –... Read More
Interested in learning more about courses in film? To respond to the many requests we get each term about opportunities for studying film at third level, we are holding a Careers Day for students. Representatives from the major colleges will... Read More
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