There will be a special screening of Grey Gardens on Saturday, June 2nd at 16.00. Tickets here.
That Summer is a prequel of sorts to Grey Gardens, Albert and David Maysles justly celebrated 1975 portrait of the eccentric mother and... Read More
This Screening will take place on International Archives Day, and will be introduced by Kasandra O’ Connell, Head of IFI Irish Film Archive.
Bill Morrison’s extraordinary documentary pieces together the true history of a collection of 533 films dating from... Read More
Companion documentary That Summer opens on Friday the 1st of June. Tickets here.
Albert and David Maysles justly celebrated portrait of the co-dependent mother and daughter pair, ‘Big Edie’ and ‘Little Edie’ Bouvier Beale, cousins of Jacqueline Kennedy, is a... 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
1st and 2nd June // Eve Film Festival // Revolutions // Ottawa, Canada
2nd to 9th June // Bucharest Pride Festival // The 34th, GAZE on Tour shorts: Tuesday Night, Lily, The Condom Man, 3 Friends, I’m Roger Casement // Bucharest, Romania // Presented... Read More
Oscar Wilde’s final years are the subject of Rupert Everett’s heartfelt debut as director, the actor ably essaying the role of the once-celebrated writer who now lives in destitution in Paris, diminished by alcoholism and illness, and plagued by bitter... Read More
Legendary British fashion designer Alexander McQueen brought daring levels of theatricality and complexity to his 1990s runway shows, “My collections have always been autobiographical”, he has said, “A lot to do with my own sexuality and coming to terms with... Read More
Following the success of last year’s event, the The Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and the IFI take to the streets again with two walking tours exploring Dublin’s architecture. The city is experienced at first hand, and also through a range of... Read More
Tickets for 70mm screenings cost €14/€13.
One of the most beloved musicals returns to the big screen in a new 70mm print, offering audiences the chance to share or rediscover the film as it was meant to be seen.
Based... Read More
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Rob Curry.
Shirley Collins is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most important singers of English traditional song, and is a key figure of the folk music revival... 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
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This special movie plus meal deal for €20 in May includes the following main course options:
Lamb Koftas in Pitta w Yoghurt and Cucumber Pulao – Steamed Rice with Carrots and Raisins... Read More
There are grumpy old men, and then there’s Ove. Though not that old, he’s certainly grumpy. Based on the bestselling Swedish novel by Fredrik Backman, Ove feels that life is no longer worthwhile since losing his job and his wife’s death. However, interuptions by unruly... Read More
This screening will be introduced by Festival Director of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival Gráinne Humphreys.
Fresh from the success of The Last Picture Show, Warner Bros asked Peter Bogdanovich to direct something with Barbra Streisand, so he took his idea of ‘a professor and... Read More
The wide open spaces of the American mid-west offer a striking change of pace for director Andrew Haigh following the interior intimacies of his previous films Weekend (2011) and 45 Years (2015).
Adapted from the novel by Willy Vlautin, this... Read More
There will be Open Captioned (OC) screenings at 18.20 on Monday 7th and 16.00 on Tuesday 8th.
Join us for a discussion about the film after the 18.15 screening on Wednesday May... Read More
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Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) tackles a key moment in the life of iconic French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, played by Louis Garrel. The year is 1967; Godard’s latest film, La Chinoise, has been a disaster. His... Read More
Join us for free films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect tickets at IFI Box Office.
PROGRAMME TWO CROSSROADS IN NIGERIA Ten years after the civil war in Nigeria, this film looks at the dilemma facing Catholic foreign missionaries who... Read More
Join us for free films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect tickets at IFI Box Office.
PROGRAMME ONE NIGHT FLIGHT TO ULI Filmed in Biafra as the Nigerian civil war drew to a close, the film shows how supplies from... Read More
Join us for free films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect tickets at IFI Box Office
One of the great films of the Soviet era, The Colour of Pomegranates is an unconventional biopic of 18th century Armenian ashug (a kind of folk poet or musician) Sayat-Nova. Taking a lyrical and mystical approach to its subject that... Read More
There will be Open Captioned (OC) screenings at 16.00 on Friday 25th and 18.15 on Tuesday 29th.
Ian McEwan’s celebrated novella of newlyweds Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle) is sensitively brought to the screen by director Dominic Cooke.... Read More
In 1975, Leon Vitali was on the crest of a wave, moving from TV fame to a high profile part in Barry Lyndon, the sumptuously-shot period drama partly made in Ireland by master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. He then abandoned it... Read More
Beidh An Saothraí, leagan Gaeilge den scannán The Breadwinner, le feiceáil ar na dátaí seo a leanas: 29ú Bealtaine ag 13:00 & 31ú Bealtaine ag 18:20
The film will screen with Irish language audio on May 29th at 13.00 and May 31st at... Read More
Argentine master Lucrecia Martel returns from an eight year absence to deliver what is perhaps her most distinctive work to date. Ostensibly a colonial period drama set in the... Read More
Winner of the Camera d’Or for best first feature at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and the closing film of last November’s IFI French Film Festival, Jeune Femme is the story of... Read More
Raoul Peck, a keenly political filmmaker and director of I Am Not Your Negro, one of last year’s outstanding documentaries, returns with a more conventional biopic of Karl Marx (August Diehl) that focuses on his relationship with Friedrich Engels (Stefan... Read More
A landmark political thriller, Costa-Gavras’s State of Siege reflected growing mistrust at US interventions overseas. Yves Montand plays Philip Michael Santore, a CIA operative covertly advising the government of an unnamed pro-US Latin American country on torture techniques.
He is targeted by a militant guerrilla group... Read More
Life begins to unravel for young Katherina Blum (Angela Winkler) after she spends the night with an alleged terrorist, immediately becoming the victim of an unremitting campaign of police surveillance and harassment.
The tabloid press, working in cahoots with the corrupt police force, are led to her... Read More
Robert Redford’s fourth collaboration with director Sydney Pollack is a classic example of the paranoid conspiracy thrillers that proliferated in the wake of Watergate. Redford plays unassuming CIA researcher Joe Turner who returns from lunch one day to find everyone in his department has been shot... Read More
The film will be preceded by an introduction from Kate Drinane of the National Gallery of Ireland’s Education Department.
17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer created astonishingly beautiful paintings that foreground the minutiae of everyday lives, capturing the play of light with a... Read More
Caught in the crossfire at a raid on a left-wing rally, apolitical scientist Hoffman (Bruno Ganz) is critically injured with lingering memory loss. Smeared as a terrorist by the police who almost killed him and hailed as a hero by other groups, Hoffman’s journey of rehabilitation and... Read More
Writer ER Murray will introduce the film and talk about her own love of witches in books and films.
Presented in association with the International Literature Festival Dublin 2018, this gorgeous anime features flame-haired Mary, a brave, bold girl who... Read More
This screening will include an introduction from Neil Gaiman and a post-screening discussion about the film, hosted by author John Connolly. Tickets: €16/€14.
Neil Gaiman joins us to introduce and discuss Alice, a dark fantasy film by Czech filmmaker Jan... 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
Hugely popular at last year’s IFI French Film Festival, the latest film from one of contemporary cinema’s finest directors, Claire Denis (Beau travail, White Material), is an idiosyncratic take on the romantic... 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 // Minnesota, USA
8th – 9th November // Bram Stoker –... Read More
5th – 9th October // Irish Film Week, Oulu // Oulu, Finland
6th – 8th October // Irish Film Festival, Bangkok // Bangkok, Thailand
21st – 23rd September // Irish Film Festival, San Francisco // San Francisco, USA
25th October... Read More
21st – 24th September // Irish Screen America // Los Angeles, USA
20th – 30th September // British and Irish Festival // Luxembourg
29th September –... 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
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME PROGRAMME 2: MAY 2018
LEAN ON PETE
LET THE SUNSHINE IN
THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES
THE YOUNG KARL MARX
TRUST NO ONE: STATE OF SIEGE
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