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The IFI once again invites audiences to take a chance with us on a Sunday afternoon. Our Mystery Matinee strand is a screening about which only two things will be known: it could be literally anything from the... Read More
Clean, safe and unlimited power has been an obsession of scientists and inventors for centuries. Since the 1940s, when we first understood how the Sun creates energy, nuclear fusion has been energy’s Holy Grail. However, for many years, fusion has... Read More
A young man (Tim Seely) is more interested in motorcycles than in the farm he is about to inherit. He breaks off with Sally (Julie Harris), the girl he has promised to marry, and goes off with another girl. He... Read More
Our monthly choice of a film followed by a specially created main course is the 18.30 screening of Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot on Wednesday 7th. The menu will include a choice of Philly Cheese Steak with Sweet Potato Fries, New... Read More
Head of the National Film School and documentary filmmaker Rónán Ó Muirthile has selected Alan Parker’s searing drama for our November Bigger Picture slot. Released thirty years ago and set in 1964, the film’s race relations theme has contemporary relevance... Read More
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Nicholas Ryan-Purcell.
Nicholas Ryan-Purcell was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome aged thirteen. He was also faced with mental health challenges, brought on by an early childhood trauma which triggered a lengthy... Read More
A cinematic eulogy to nature and agrarian culture and a glimpse into the life of farmer/poet Patrick McCormack, descendant of generations of farmers who have lived off the Burren in County Clare.
The Mesolithic tombs, famine villages and endless stone... Read More
Trapped in a remote South America town, four men are hired to drive two trucks loaded with nitro-glycerine explosives across 300 miles of treacherous roads to a blazing oil well. With a tremendous cast including Charles Vanel and Yves Montand,... Read More
This screening will be introduced by Cédric Kahn.
In 1986 Roberto Succo escapes from an Italian psychiatric institution where he was incarcerated for the brutal murder of his parents. On the run in France, he leaves a trail of inexplicable... Read More
We are delighted to welcome screenwriter, director and actor Cédric Kahn to this year’s Festival where he will take part in a masterclass on Saturday 17th at 13.00. Kahn is the director of films such as Roberto Succo, A Better Life, and Wild Life.
When Mario (Bouli Lanners) and Armelle separate, the family unit is thrown into disarray. Mario stays at the family home trying to cope with his two teen daughters, Niki (Sarah Henochsberg) who soon turns 18, and 14-year old Frida (Justine... Read More
20-year-old Sofia (Maha Alemi) is from a traditional middle-class Moroccan family living in Casablanca. When she finds herself pregnant she seeks the advice of her more open-minded medical student cousin Lena (Sarah Perles); as giving birth out of wedlock is... Read More
When the teacher of an elite class of intellectually advanced children commits suicide by leaping from a top floor classroom window in front of his students, six pupils look on with a chilling apathy. When Pierre Hoffman (Laurent Lafitte, Elle... Read More
‘Movies lie, not sports’ declares Jean-Luc Godard in a 2001 interview for L’Équipe. In the early 1980s Gil de Kermadec filmed tennis players at the French Open, John McEnroe amongst them. Unconcerned with the match itself, director Julien Faraut uncovered... Read More
Jean Dujardin (Oscar-winning star of The Artist) is Jacques, a ‘good-for-nothing loser businessman’, estranged brother of big-hearted Monique (Yolande Moreau), a model of comradeship and solidarity, who runs an Emmaüs village providing work and accommodation for homeless people. After a... Read More
A gender non-conforming teenager prepare for imminent sex reassignment surgery whilst having to prove her credentials at a prestigious dance company in Lukas Dhont’s strikingly assured debut feature, which resonates with empathy for its bravely resilient heroine. Anchored by stunning... Read More
The hugely successful French family film trilogy, adapted from the much-loved novel by Cécile Aubry, features young Sebastian and his rescued dog, the Great Pyrenean, Belle. Having won many hearts with the first two stories of adventure and bravery, this... Read More
On the 50th anniversary of May 1968, a period of civil unrest punctuated by demonstrations and general strikes, we are delighted to screen the complete three-hour version of A Grin Without a Cat, re-edited by Chris Marker in 1998 and... Read More
Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps, Stranger by the Lake), a middle-aged, HIV-positive Parisian writer who has a young son to raise, and bisexual Arthur (Vincent Lacoste), a university student and aspiring filmmaker some ten years younger, spot each other at a screening... Read More
Bertrand (Mathieu Amalric), an unemployed family man in midlife crisis, joins an amateur male synchronised swimming team in this heart-warming comedy. Bertrand is not the only one in crisis, and a bond forms amongst the middle-aged men as they tackle... Read More
Nazi-occupied France 1944: Marguerite (Mélanie Thierry) fights with the Resistance alongside her husband Robert Antelme. When he is deported to Dachau, she befriends French collaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel) to gain information on his whereabouts. Marguerite waits in vain for Antelme’s... Read More
The screening on Friday 16th will be followed by a Q&A with Cédric Kahn.
22-year-old Thomas (newcomer Anthony Bajon) joins a community of reformed drug addicts living in mountain isolation, dedicating their lives to prayer as a cure. At first rebellious,... Read More
The sudden closure of a profitable automobile parts factory in the French city of Agen causes the loss of 1,100 jobs. An ensuing protest led by union rep Laurent (Vincent Lindon, Best Actor winner at Cannes for The Measure of... Read More
The screening on Thursday 22nd will be followed by a Q&A with co-directors Andréa Bescond and Eric Métayer.
An adaptation of her award-winning, autobiographical one-woman play, this powerful film explores the enduring legacy of childhood sexual abuse. Odette (played engagingly and... Read More
Detective Yvonne (Adèle Haenel), widow of French Riviera police chief and local hero Santi, learns that her beloved husband was corrupt. Trying to right his wrongs she crosses paths with Antoine (Pio Marmaï), wrongly convicted for eight years at her... Read More
Migrant labourer Amin (Moustapha Mbengue) has come to France to provide for his wife and three children who have remained back home in Senegal. Having lived in Paris for nine years in shared accommodation, earning a meagre wage with construction... Read More
Director, writer and star Agnès Jaoui (I Got Life! and last year’s Festival guest of honour) reunites with her regular collaborator Jean-Pierre Bacri for this droll comedy of manners set over the course of one eventful high-society soirée. Bacri plays Castro,... Read More
Paris, fifty years on from May ’68: In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, the Nuit Debout movement, and the May 2017 presidential elections, Matthieu Bareyre’s documentary is a long, nocturnal stroll through the streets of Paris; the silence... Read More
Set in the lurid underworld of the gay porn industry in late 1970’s Paris, Yann Gonzalez’s vividly realised, high-camp murder mystery thriller is a playfully cine-literate ode to Italian Giallo cinema and the trashier films of Brian De Palma. Film... Read More
Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) and Laetitia Dosch (Jeune femme) star in Guillaume Senez’s latest offering which, like his previous film Keeper, explores the topic of fatherhood. Olivier is struggling to find a balance between work and... Read More
32-year-old war photographer Gabriel (Roman Kolinka) returns to Paris having been held hostage for four months in Syria. Suffering the effects of PTSD and struggling to readjust and connect with friends and family, he impulsively leaves for India where he... Read More
In German-occupied France, the populace of a provincial town are plagued by a series of anonymous poison-pen letters signed by ‘The Raven’; and fear soon leads to paranoia, accusations and betrayal. Clouzot’s second and most controversial film was made during... Read More
Based on the novel by Boileau and Narcejac (She Who Was No More) this is Clouzot’s most famous, most enduring film. Set in a boarding school for boys, a sadistic headmaster (Paul Meurisse) is abusive to his wife Nicole (Véra... Read More
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this invaluable document allows us to watch Picasso at work, and explore his methods and inspiration. Picasso paints on glass while the camera films from the other side. From... Read More
22-year-old Léo (Félix Maritaud) is a rent boy on the streets of Strasbourg; an enigmatic figure, he is by turns a streetwise hustler and a lonely boy lost, craving non-transactional intimacy. Léo is sick with unrequited love for the handsome... Read More
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.
This screening will be followed by... Read More
At first glance Peter lives the life of a typical European teenager – he lives with his parents, has a pretty girlfriend, he goes to college. However, he is also the head of a paramilitary group called ‘Slovenskí branci’ that... Read More
The 18.30 screening on Wednesday, November 7th will be followed by a Q&A with director Mike Leigh. Tickets cost €12.
Following the success of Mr. Turner (2014), Mike Leigh returns to a historical setting with this dramatisation of events surrounding... Read More
The Axiom sees a young woman attempting to rescue her sister from a group of monsters. In Living Space, a young couple try to escape the sadistic spirit of an SS officer.
Screening as part of Horrorthon 2018 – October... Read More
In Road To Hell, thieves rescue and attempt to help a boy with a dangerous secret. South African The Tokoloshe sees a hospital cleaner trying to rescue a supernaturally endangered child.
Screening as part of Horrorthon 2018 – October 25-29
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star in this classic horror, which sees the occupants of a train attacked by a mysterious specimen of primitive man.
The screening will be introduced by John Connolly, author of a new book on the... Read More
An entity moves from body to body to survive, causing the death of the original person. Now in love with Julia, it must keep killing, and repeatedly start over with her.
When the punch bowl is spiked with truth serum at a Christmas dinner, hidden secrets and grudges are revealed, leading to bloody retribution in this pitch-black comedy-horror.
Director Adam Marcus will attend this screening.
Screening as part of Horrorthon 2018... Read More
While not a hit on release, Fred Dekker’s The Monster Squad (1987) has since become a much loved cult film whose history is examined in this affectionate documentary.
Festival pricing and... Read More
In this anthology film from directors Mick Garris, Joe Dante, Ryûhei Kitamura, David Slade, and Alejandro Brugués, in a cinema run by The Projectionist (Mickey Rourke), screenings force the viewer to confront their deepest fears.
The screening will be followed... Read More
This zombie musical comedy sees a group of school students slashing and singing their way through hordes of the undead in one of this year’s festival’s most purely enjoyable titles.
Festival... Read More
Sophie’s 18th birthday party escalates into chaos when it is terrorised by uninvited guests summoned from the netherworld in this smart and funny homage to 1980s creature features.
The screening will be attended by members of cast and crew.
Screening... Read More
Following the murder of her father, the Baron (Joseph Cotton), by his monstrous creation, Tania Frankenstein follows in his footsteps by conducting her own hideous experiments in this Italian cult classic.
A famous writer who has isolated herself following a brutal attack by a crazed fan begins to unravel, convinced her attacker will strike again in this extreme Norwegian chiller.
Festival pricing... Read More
To mark the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel, the festival is delighted to welcome Sir Christopher Frayling, noted author of numerous books on cultural history and contemporary culture, including last year’s award winning Frankenstein – The First... Read More
From the director of the first three Saw sequels, St. Agatha sees an unmarried and pregnant young woman with nowhere to turn quickly regretting her decision to seek help at a local convent.
Screening as part of Horrorthon 2018 –... Read More
One of Horrorthon’s most popular events, the Surprise Film will offer audiences a preview of an eagerly anticipated and yet-to-be-released film. Be sure to book your ticket early.
Screening as part of Horrothon 2018 – October 25-29
Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino reunite for this remake of Dario Argento’s classic, the tale of Susie (Dakota Johnson), who discovers that her dance company is merely a masquerade for a coven.
Mina lives in isolation in a forest, hovering between vampire and zombie. Her existence changes when she finds and rescues fellow teenager Alex, kidnapped and blinded by his abductor.
This new Irish genre film sees a plot to hold a wealthy banker and his family to ransom go awry as it becomes obvious that this is not an ordinary family.
Directors Paul Bushe and Brian O’Neill will attend this... Read More
With a screenplay by Stephen King, Sleepwalkers sees Tanya (Mädchen Amick) targeted by a mother and son, two of a shapeshifting race that feeds on the lifeforce of virgin women.
Director Mick Garris will attend the screening.
35mm print courtesy... Read More
Presenting the best new work from short filmmakers both Irish and international, the Short Film Showcase is always a popular event, with something for horror fans of every stripe.
Here’s a rundown of the titles playing in this showcase:
Jar... Read More
A germophobic journalist finds herself at a rave where a batch of contaminated energy drinks is turning the clubbers increasingly demented, forcing her to overcome her fears in order to survive.
This screening will be attended by director Bernhard Pucher.
This homage to gialli sees a distraught VHS collector working through his friends, trying to discover who has stolen his rare and extremely valuable tape of Fulci’s Zombie.
A new father struggles with murderous urges, deciding to channel these impulses instead into murdering a prostitute (Mia Wasikowska) who turns out to have her own agenda.
Festival pricing and passes,... Read More
During a fractious family gathering, the discovery is made that all doors and windows have been sealed, and the group is subjected to enigmatic orders that appear on their television.
The set of a low budget horror film is invaded by real zombies, much to the delight of the director, who keeps shooting the mayhem in this very funny and thoroughly entertaining film.
Horrorthon guest Mick Garris co-wrote and directed the fast and funny sequel to Critters (1986), screening here on a 35mm print provided courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive, and co-wrote director Chris Walas’s underrated sequel to David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986).
This screening... Read More
Twelve-year-old Henry is forced to fend for himself in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse when his grandfather (genre legend Michael Ironside) dies in the night in this meticulously constructed chiller.
Social media and its voyeuristic aspects continue to prove fertile ground for a new horror sub-genre, as with this Spanish film in which a violent home invasion is live-streamed for likes.
Beautician Alice initially befriends lonely cleaner Shelly to distract herself from a complicated love affair, unaware of the trouble she’s drawing upon herself in this shocking and provocative film.
A reality TV show filming on the site of a tragedy takes a turn for the unexpected in this late-night treat starring former Horrorthon guest Danielle Harris, and produced by Joe Dante.
The first of this year’s anthology films sees a couple on an awkward first date providing the link through an eclectic, but always entertaining, selection of stories set at Christmas.
Screening as part of Horrorthon 2018 – October 25-29.
In the Australian Outback, a massive, wild, and vicious beast unexpectedly begins to attack the terrified locals in this creature feature that pays homage to the best of Ozploitation.
Jackie and Jules are enjoying a romantic getaway until a surprising turn of events sees Jules forced to fight for her life. A hit at SXSW, this is an eerie and unnerving horror thriller.
From producer J.J. Abrams comes this tense and gory tale of a group of American soldiers who stumble across secret Nazi experiments into reanimating the dead, thus creating an immortal army.
1994’s Eurovision, hosted by Ireland, featured interval act Riverdance, which would become an overnight sensation and an iconic worldwide cultural phenomenon, spawning an unprecedented interest in Irish dancing around the world. One such place was Finland, a country far more... Read More
Where they previously brought animated magic to the City of Lights in A Cat in Paris, the directors turn their attention to animating the New York skyline in this affecting superhero film, screening for our Halloween IFI Family slot.
11-year-old... Read More
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE: The Book Thief will now screen on Friday 26th and Wednesday 31st, and not Wednesday 24th as per the programme.
This highly effective screen adaptation of Marcus Zusak’s best-selling novel successfully retains the book’s essence, that... Read More
This screening will be introduced by Tara Brady, film critic for The Irish Times.
The work of Russian filmmaker Larisa Shepitko has been notably under-represented since her untimely death in a car crash in 1979 at the age of forty;... Read More
Every month we pair a new release with a specially devised main course from the IFI Café Bar kitchen. This month’s film choice will be the 18.30 screening of Matteo Garrone’s Italian crime drama Dogman on Wednesday 24th. The menu... Read More
The 20.30 screening on Sunday 28th will be followed by a Q&A. Tickets now on sale.
Tickets for all other screenings will go on sale on Monday 22nd.
Katie Taylor has won six European and five world amateur championships and... Read More
EXCLUSIVELY AT IFI
The surprise winner of the top prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival sees three individuals, Laura, Tomas and Christian, join director Adina Pintilie on an emotional research project to better understand the causes of, and hopefully... Read More
EXCLUSIVELY AT IFI.
FRENCH FILM CLUB – Tickets for the 18.30 screening on Monday 22nd cost just €7.50 for IFI and Alliance Française members.
The second part of poet, playwright, artist, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau’s Orphic Trilogy (the others being 1930’s... Read More
FEAST YOUR EYES – Join us for a specially created main course in the IFI Café Bar following the 18.30 screening on Wednesday 24th.
Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, 2008) creates a brilliantly realised milieu of corruption and decay in the relentlessly gripping... Read More
Tickets are now on sale.
August 12th, 1945. The inhabitants of a village in rural Soviet-occupied Hungary are preparing for the wedding of the town clerk’s son, when two Orthodox Jewish men arrive at the railway station... Read More
Acclaimed video essayist Kogonada makes his feature debut with Columbus, which sees Jin (John Cho) arrive to the titular city in Ohio to visit his estranged, coma-stricken father, an esteemed professor of architecture.
There he encounters librarian Casey (Haley Lu... Read More
This film opens on October 26th. Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 22nd.
With great integrity and sensitivity, director Erik Poppe tackles the harrowing events of July 22nd, 2011, where 69 people, mostly teenagers, were slaughtered on the Norwegian... Read More
Please note that the Q&A will now take place on Thursday 11th at 18.10, and not on Friday 12th as per the October programme. Tickets now on sale.
There will be Open Captioned (OC) screenings at 15.00 on Friday October... Read More
This film opens on October 12th. Tickets are on sale now.
There will be Open Captioned (OC) screenings at 20.20 on Monday October 15th and at 13.00 on Wednesday October 17th. For more information about our accessible screenings see www.ifi.ie/accessible.
Ryan Gosling... Read More
The 18.30 screening on Friday 19th will be followed by a panel discussion with director Feargal Ward, Clare Daly TD, and writer and journalist Colin Murphy – tickets now on sale.
An eccentric north Kildare cattle farmer campaigns for his... Read More
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: IF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN
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.
Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn
A selection... Read More
Tickets for the screening of Platoon can be booked through the IFI Education team. Contact Richard or Aoife on 01-6795744.
Suitable for Senior Cycle and Transition Year students of History.
A semi-autobiographical account of Vietnam from iconoclast Oliver Stone, Platoon... Read More
Tickets for the screenings of Westwood can be booked through the IFI Education team. Contact Richard or Aoife on 01-6795744.
Suitable for Senior Cycle and Transition Year students of Business.
Credited by many as having created the look of punk in... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
3rd to 7th October // The Irish Festival of Oulu // Inside I’m Racing, Kíla: Pota Óir, Anseo i Lár an Ghleanna [In the Shadow of the Glen], Revolutions, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, Song of... 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
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
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
Recently re-released in a superb new print, Henri-Georges Cluzot’s Le Corbeau has been one of the great unseen classics of French cinema. Now considered a masterpiece from a director with one of the bleakest visions of human nature in the... 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
EVENING COURSE: THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC
Katalin Varga (18.30)
13.30, 15.20, 17.40, 20.10
13.20, 16.20, 18.15, 20.30 (OC)
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council