Welcome to IFI Open Day 2017!

We are thrilled to share our 25th anniversary celebrations of our landmark premises in Temple Bar with you. Join us on Saturday, September 16th when we throw the doors open to the public for a day jam-packed with free film screenings, behind-the-scenes activities, and a very special gala event!

In addition to free screenings of old favourites and archive gems, you will also have a chance to learn about the incredible preservation, digitisation and restoration work of the IFI Irish Film Archive team at the ever-popular ‘Ask the Archivists’ desk. There will also be a rare opportunity to take a highly-sought-after trip to our Projection Booth. Enjoy a jazz brunch in the IFI Café Bar or afternoon BBQ on our renovated terrace. We’ll be offering annual IFI Membership at a discounted rate during the day too, and, open to all visitors on the day, a very special competition, courtesy of Air France. That evening we will welcome some lucky members of the public to join very special guests who are proud to celebrate and champion the work of the IFI at our red carpet Gala Cine-concert.

Come celebrate our anniversary with us at the home of film in Ireland, as we look forward to the next 25 years together!

We will be distributing tickets for each film in the IFI Foyer one hour before each screening starts. Limited tickets for the Gala Cine-concert will be available at 18.30. Tickets for all shows are strictly on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment! Maximum of two tickets per person, per film.

OUR TOURS ARE NOW SOLD OUT: Tickets for our Projection Booth tours and for the Digital Restoration Suite can only be reserved by emailing Sharon Corrigan (scorrigan@irishfilm.ie) or by calling 01-679 5744 – please ensure your email subject line includes either ‘Open Day: Projection Booth’ or ‘Open Day: Digital Restoration Suite’.

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Its 25 years since lawyer-turned coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) launched his ramshackle youth hockey team into the Big League. As a cutthroat lawyer with a personalised JUSTWIN license plate, Bombay is sentenced to community service for drink-driving, and gets a chance to redeem himself through coaching this badly behaved bunch using ruthless courtroom methods. Laughs, quacks and plenty of ducking and diving in this family comedy.

DIRECTOR: Stephen Herek

The Big Sleep is a true classic, based on a novel by Raymond Chandler, with a script co-written by William Faulkner, and directed by Howard Hawks. Humphrey Bogart is private detective Philip Marlowe, drawn into a tangled web of intrigue by Vivian Rutledge (Lauren Bacall), the daughter of his latest client. Wickedly clever, the film is filled with endlessly quotable dialogue, and features one of the great Hollywood partnerships in Bogey and Bacall.

FILM INFO: 114 mins, 1946, USA, 35mm
DIRECTOR: Howard Hawks

SPEEDY (13.30)
Harold Lloyd’s final silent film sees him reprise his ‘glasses character’ as a baseball-obsessed New Yorker (the film features a cameo from the legendary Babe Ruth) who becomes determined to save the city’s last horse-drawn streetcar, motivated in no small part by its owner being the grandfather of his love interest. Filled with Lloyd’s trademark rapid-fire visual humour and elaborate set-ups, it’s a fine example of his innovative approach to comedy.

FILM INFO: 86 mins, 1928, USA, Blu-ray, Black and White, Silent

Ten years after the cancellation of the original television show, and in response to its continued success in syndication, the legendary crew of the starship Enterprise made their first appearance on cinema screens. Suitably epic and surprisingly eerie, it marked the relaunch of one of sci-fi’s most enduring and beloved franchises as Kirk, Spock, and McCoy reunite to save the Earth from the threat posed by the mysterious entity V’Ger.

FILM INFO: 132 mins, 1979, USA, Blu-ray
DIRECTOR: Robert Wise

Between The Jerk (1979) and The Man With Two Brains (1983), Carl Reiner and Steve Martin reteamed for this subversive homage to the pulp fiction adaptations of the 1940s. Using the conceit of splicing footage from older films into its narrative, Martin is both helped and hindered in his investigation by stars such as Bette Davis and Cary Grant. Setting them alongside a zany plot makes for an extremely funny film.

FILM INFO: 88 mins, 1982, USA, 16mm, Black and White
DIRECTOR: Carl Reiner

John (Cillian Murphy) hatches a plan to win back Deirdre (Kelly MacDonald) with the help of his friends, criminal Lehiff (Colin Farrell), and embittered bus-driver Mick (Brían F. O’Byrne). Oscar (David Wilmot) has started dating Noeleen (Deirdre O’Kane), while policeman Jerry Lynch (Colm Meaney) stars in a documentary about his life on the streets. John Crowley (Brooklyn) has created a wildly irreverent cult classic in this blackest of dark comedies.

FILM INFO: 105 mins, 2003, Ireland/United Kingdom, 35mm
DIRECTOR: John Crowley

SORCERER (17.30)
Long unavailable for cinema exhibition, William Friedkin’s Sorcerer takes its inspiration from the same novel as Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear (1953). Having lived lives that led them to need to quickly disappear, four men arrive separately in a remote village in Latin America. When an oil well explodes, the four volunteer to drive the trucks that will transport the highly unstable nitroglycerine that will extinguish the fire.

FILM INFO: 121 mins, 1977, USA, Digital
DIRECTOR: William Friedkin

Arguably the Coen Brothers’ greatest work, Miller’s Crossing stars Gabriel Byrne as Tom Regan, right-hand man to mobster Leo O’Bannon (Albert Finney) during Prohibition. The two fall out over a rival mobster’s threat to kill the brother of O’Bannon’s mistress, setting in motion an intricately plotted sequence of events. Drawing heavily from film noir and gangster films, the brilliantly written hardboiled dialogue is set against a backdrop of ravishing images.

FILM INFO: 115 mins, 1990, USA, 35mm

In an apartment building in post-apocalyptic France, landlord Clapet runs a butcher’s shop, giving him additional power over his tenants as he controls the food supply. However, the meat he provides comes from the men he hires. When Louison (Dominique Pinon) fills the latest vacancy, he and the butcher’s daughter fall in love, threatening Clapet’s reign. Filled with striking visuals, its mixture of farce and horror made for an auspicious debut.

FILM INFO: 99 mins, 1991, France, Digital, Subtitled
DIRECTORS: Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet

WEIRDOS (20.00)
In 1976 Nova Scotia (beautifully photographed), fifteen-year-old Kit and his girlfriend Alice run away from home in order to reunite with his estranged mother (Molly Parker). Accompanied by Kit’s imaginary version of Andy Warhol, the two undertake a road trip during which they confront the difficulties they face in their relationship and lives. Quirky and comedic, this is a warm and affectionate film with which audiences will readily identify.

FILM INFO: 85 mins, 2016, Canada, Digital, Black and White
DIRECTOR: Bruce McDonald

Once again, IFI staff have been busy selecting their favourite of the new releases to have shown here since last year’s event (take a look at their quick reviews here) before leaving the final choice to be made by our audience in an online poll. In recent years, winners have included Submarine, Good Vibrations, and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. Voting has now closed, the winner will be announced before the screening on September 16th. 

The IFI is delighted to present The Cohens and Kellys (1926) a lively ethnic comedy of feuding Irish and Jewish families in 1920s New York. The film is filled with stock characters played with great comic flair by a remarkable cast in their prime – the feisty Irish cop (Charlie Murray), the hard-working Jewish storekeeper (George Sidney), the cheerful, buxom Irish wife (Cork-born Kate Price), and the anxious Jewish mother (Vera Gordon). It is a film that generously lives up to its promotional tagline – “An Uproarious Knockout! — A Thousand Laughs!” lt is hilarious, warm, and timelessly entertaining. In what is perhaps a cinema first we have invited multi-award-winning accordionist Dermot Dunne and saxophonist Nick Roth, Artistic Director of the Yurodny Ensemble, to provide a live musical accompaniment to the film.  Drawing heavily on Irish and Jewish folk music traditions the duo will create an exciting live musical score for the film – a truly unique cine-concert experience for IFI guests celebrating the 25th anniversary.

Limited tickets for the Gala Cine-concert will be available from the IFI Foyer at 18.30.

FILM INFO: 108 mins, 1926, USA, Digital
DIRECTOR: Harry Pollard


IFI Irish Film Archive staff will be on hand throughout the day to share with you the incredible work that goes on behind the scenes in order to preserve Ireland’s moving image heritage, and what it takes to make this material accessible to the public via the IFI Player.

At our ‘Ask an Archivist’ desk in the foyer, you can learn about different film stocks and even get to view and handle film yourself! Visit the Tiernan MacBride Library where a selection of the wonderful special collection items that we hold in our  Vaults will be on display.

This year, we’re excited to introduce a tour into the IFI Irish Film Archive building itself, viewing the analogue and digital suites where a member of the team will introduce you to the fascinating world of digital restoration, showing some of the work currently underway, as well as before-and-after comparisons. Please note that places on this tour are very limited and need to be pre-booked by emailing Sharon Corrigan with the subject line ‘Open Day: Telecine Suite’ or by calling 01-6795744. Tour times are 13.00, 13.45, 15.00, and 15.45.

Ever wondered what goes on behind that little window at the back of the cinema? Take a trip to our Projection Booth and check out the inner workings of this busy department. As the only cinema in Ireland that can show 70mm (and still shows 16mm and 35mm film as well as a range of digital formats!), it’s a rare chance to witness this highly specialised environment not to mention a treat for nostalgia fans!

Please note that places on this tour are very limited and need to be pre-booked by emailing Sharon Corrigan with the subject line ‘Open Day: Projection Booth’ or by calling 01-6795744. Tour times are 14.00, 15.15, 16.00, and 16.30.

In between picking up your film tickets, entering our special Open Day competition, and getting involved in the various pop-up activities, why not relax over a coffee at the IFI Café Bar, enjoy our jazz brunch, sip a beer on the terrace, or have a browse in the IFI Film Shop? Ticket holders can take advantage of discounts on tea and coffee, and be sure to join us outside for a delicious barbeque from 4pm (weather permitting)!

13.00 The Mighty Ducks
13.15 The Big Sleep (35MM)
13.30 Speedy
13.00 Digital Restoration Suite Tour
13.45 Digital Restoration Suite Tour
14.00 Projection Booth Tour
15.00 Digital Restoration Suite Tour
15.10 Star Trek: The Motion Picture (35MM)
15.15 Projection Booth Tour
15.30 Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (16MM)
15.40 Intermission (35MM)
15.45 Digital Restoration Suite Tour
16.00 Projection Booth Tour
16.30 Projection Booth Tour
17.30 Sorcerer
18.00 Miller’s Crossing (35MM)
18.10 Delicatessen
20.00 Weirdos
20.20 Audience Choice
20.30 Gala Cine-concert: The Cohens and Kellys

Courtesy of Air France, we have a pair of return flights to Paris for one lucky winner! Simply fill out the special form in the IFI foyer on Open Day, and you could be jetting off to the city of lights! Terms and conditions apply.


Take advantage of our IFI Open Day special offer and sign up for annual IFI Membership for less! IFI membership gives you a range of benefits from free film tickets, loyalty points, discounts on tickets, savings in the IFI Film Shop and IFI Café Bar, and also provides core support for the work of the IFI.

Special Offer:
€30 (instead of €35) for annual IFI Membership

€15 (instead of €20) for annual IFI Concession* Membership

*concession for unwaged, student, seniors. I.D. required

IFI Friends Special Promotion
IFI Friends receive extra-special access yearround to the institutional activities of the IFI and play a central role in supporting the Exhibition, Preservation and Education work of the IFI.

If you upgrade from IFI Membership to IFI Premiere Friend level on Open Day or join as a new IFI Premiere Friend, you will receive a special gift of TWO complimentary tickets to one of our special 70mm screenings of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia this October. See this epic as it should be seen, in glorious 70mm, exclusively at the IFI.

If you sign up to Avant-Garde Friend or above, we will gift you an additional IFI Membership to give to a person of your choice! For further details, please enquire at the Membership desk in the IFI Foyer.

IFI Friends and Members help support all aspects of the IFI’s unique work, from preserving Ireland’s precious moving image heritage to engaging young people through our national education programme.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our IFI Members and Friends who so generously support the IFI activities all year round. Wishing you all a wonderful IFI Open Day!





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