VMDIFF & IFI 2020

The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival returns from February 26th to March 9th 2020 with more than one hundred screenings and events throughout Dublin city.

The IFI reteams with VMDIFF for five events in March. Read on for more details.

Reel Art: New York Our Time
March 2nd 18.30

New York Our Time was funded under the Arts Council Reel Art scheme which is designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme.

Celebrated filmmaker and artist Vivienne Dick weaves a personal and philosophical documentary remembering 1970s New York in its heyday for bohemian artists and musicians. Featuring contributions from many of her contemporaries at that time, the film also contrasts  the “No Wave” movement with contemporary culture amid present-day concerns.

Reel Art: Skin and Soul
March 3rd 18.30

Acclaimed photographer Perry Ogden returns to his fashion photography roots for his latest documentary. Told through the eyes – and the lens – of the photographer, the profound images that emerge onscreen have the effect of blurring the lines between the world of fashion and the real world.

Skin+Soul was funded under the Arts Council Reel Art scheme which is designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme.

Careers in Screen Day
March 4th 10.00

Careers in Screen is presented by Irish Film Institute and Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival with the kind support of Screen Skills Ireland and BAI.

For the third year in a row DIFF and IFI will once again offer an inspiring and innovative day of events for young people interested in a career in the film & TV industry. Aimed at a senior Cycle students aged 15–17, the event will feature special guests drawn from diverse film and TV disciplines.

Anne Devlin
March 6th 18.00

Pat Murphy’s ground-breaking, drama (remastered from original 35mm elements preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive) about the woman commonly known as Robert Emmet’s housekeeper feels timely in the ongoing conversation about forgotten women in Irish history. Bríd Brennan shines as Devlin, a woman of principles who refuses to be broken or betray her beliefs amid temptation, punishment and great suffering.

Soleil et Ombre / The Smiling Madame Beudet
March 8th 14.00

French actress and filmmaker Musidora shines on screen and as co-director in this silent 1922 melodrama which revolves around a love triangle. The harsh cruelty of rejected love forms the tale of an Andalusian woman who is passionately in love with a bullfighter, only to be spurned for another woman.

The Smiling Madame Beudet

Regarded as one of the first feminist movies, Germaine Dulac’s 1922 silent film tells of a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage to her rude, domineering husband. Frustrated and fantasising of escape, she decides to load the gun he uses to parody suicide, only to change her mind the next day.


The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland