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Flea Ceoil

Louis Marcus, 23 minutes, 1967

A tribute to the ‘Fleadh’ – a traditional Irish music festival – Louis Marcus’ film was made in the town of Kilrush in Co. Clare in 1967, at the peak of the 1960s resurgence of Ireland’s musical traditions. This intimately…

Garage

Lenny Abrahamson, 85 minutes, 2007

A stark portrait of an isolated man Garage centres on Josie (Pat Shortt), the sole employee of a rural garage, in this nuanced portrait of male loneliness in the Irish midlands. Living a monotonous existence built around his job, it…

Home is the Hero

J. Fielder Cook , 83 minutes, 1959

Adapted from Walter Macken’s stage play of the same name, Home is the Hero is a dark, brooding family drama that tells the tale of Paddo O’Reilly (Walter Macken), who returns to his home after serving five years in prison…

IFI CLASSIC: DELIVERANCE

JOHN BOORMAN ,

Nature and civilisation meet to violent, frightening effect in John Boorman’s Deliverance, a film that, even as it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, retains its power to shock and disturb. Lewis (Burt Reynolds), Ed (Jon Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew…

IFI FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2021: MADAME DE…

Max Ophüls,

Madame de…, Ophüls’s romantic masterpiece, was his third French-made film after he returned from Hollywood in 1950. An adaptation of Louise de Vilmorin’s 1951 novel, it stars Darrieux as the unforgettably beautiful and frivolous Madame Louise de…. In order to…

IFI FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2021: THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT

Jacques Demy ,

In The Young Girls of Rochefort (follow up to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), Darrieux, in her first collaboration with Demy, plays Yvonne, a coffee shop owner and single mother of twin sisters Delphine and Solange (real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac) who run…

In the Name of the Father

Jim Sheridan, 133 minutes, 1993

Drawn from real-life individuals and events, In the Name of the Father continued Sheridan’s collaborations with Daniel Day-Lewis in this re-enactment of the miscarriage of justice that led to the Guildford Four being wrongly imprisoned for the pub bombings of…

Into the West

Mike Newell, 97 minutes, 1992

Simplicity proves the greatest charm in this magical tale of two boys and the white horse they ride across Ireland. To help comfort them as father Papa Reilly (Gabriel Byrne) drinks himself into a stupor after the death of his…

Irish Destiny

George Dewhurst, 78 minutes, 1926

The first feature to depict the Irish War of Independence, Irish Destiny plays out a romance between an IRA member and his lover against a backdrop of intrigue and violence. Leaving his beloved Moira (Frances MacNamara) behind, Denis O’Hara (Paddy…

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