WHAT'S ON - 12/2012

  • AFTERNOON TALK: THE CINEMA OF STRIKING BACK

    What business does a cultural institution have screening action movies? What indeed? Dr. Harvey O’Brien, of the UCD School of English, Drama, and Film, and author of the new book Action Movies: The Cinema of Striking Back (Columbia University Press, [...]

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  • AMOUR

    Director Michael Haneke explores the meaning of love in this deeply affecting character drama which deservedly won the 2012 Cannes Palme d’Or. Police break in to a central Paris apartment uncertain what awaits them, and the story behind these tragic [...]

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: DOUBLE BILL (DEC 2012)

    Join us for FREE screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your tickets at the IFI Box Office. 

    This month we present a ‘Bleak Midwinter’ programme – a stark alternative to the usual Christmas fare.  

    PROGRAMME 1: BEFORE [...]

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: PROGRAMME 1 (DEC 2012)

    Join us for FREE screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your tickets at the IFI Box Office. 

    This month we present a ‘Bleak Midwinter’ programme – a stark alternative to the usual Christmas fare.  

    PROGRAMME 1: BEFORE [...]

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: PROGRAMME 2 (DEC 2012)

    Join us for FREE screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your tickets at the IFI Box Office. 

    This month we present a ‘Bleak Midwinter’ programme – a stark alternative to the usual Christmas fare.  

    PROGRAMME 2: AMHARC [...]

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  • BABETTE’S FEAST

    IFI CLASSIC

    Now we’re all more foodie-conscious than ever before, there’s never been a better time to revisit Denmark’s 1987 Oscar-winner, which enticingly suggests that even the most ascetic of palates can find sensual and spiritual affirmation in the glories [...]

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  • BAD SANTA

    Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World) gives a unique spin to celluloid depictions of the joyful holiday season in this gleefully profane and very funny story of Willie Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton), who works as a store Santa every year just so [...]

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  • BOXING DAY

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    Fiercely independent British filmmaker Bernard Rose and his charismatic lead Danny Huston have formed quite a double-act, and this wintry parable marks the third time they’ve modernised stories by Leo Tolstoy. After their films Ivansxtc. and [...]

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  • CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

    Co-writer Rashida Jones (The Social Network) also plays Celeste in this gently bittersweet and amusing study of a modern unconventional relationship in which she and Jesse (Andy Samberg), friends since childhood, are coming to an amicable end to their marriage [...]

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  • DEATH OF A SUPERHERO

    There will be a Q&A with director Ian Fitzgibbon hosted by Newstalk’s Philip Molloy following the 18.20 screening of his film on November 30th.

    Shown to fantastic audience response as the Closing Gala of this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film [...]

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  • DOLLHOUSE

    We are delighted to welcome director Kirsten Sheridan who will take part in a Q&A following the 18.20 screening of this film on Friday, December 7th.

    Kirsten Sheridan’s third feature is a loose, experimental depiction of a modern-day bacchanal as [...]

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  • DOWN TERRACE (FOCUS ON BEN WHEATLEY)

    On the occasion of the release of Sightseers, showing December 1st – 13th, we’re pleased to provide audiences with the opportunity to revisit director Ben Wheatley’s previous films.

    Debut Down Terrace is a black comedy that blends gangster [...]

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  • FALSE TRAIL

    Although it is a belated sequel to 1996’s Jägarna, False Trail works perfectly well as a standalone film in the current booming genre of ‘Nordic noir’. When a young woman goes missing in a small village in the Norrland region, [...]

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  • FEAST YOUR EYES: CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT

    December’s Feast Your Eyes will be a foodie festive treat as we’ll be showing this 1945 comedy starring Barbara Stanwyck as a cookery writer who can’t cook!

    In her Smart Housekeeping column, Elizabeth Lane (Stanwyck) proclaims to live on a [...]

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  • I CONFESS

    Shot in Quebec, this is another typical ‘wrong man’ story, with a big twist. The man accused of murder is a Catholic priest who is unable to defend himself convincingly: the killer revealed his guilt to him in the confessional, [...]

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  • IFI & EXPERIMENTAL FILM CLUB: PERESTROIKA

    The second in a three-part programme presented by the IFI and the Experimental Film Club, Sarah Turner’s Perestroika (2009) explores further the relationship between experimental cinema and the train.   

    The train can serve as a “mechanical double” for the cinema, [...]

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  • IFI FAMILY: WHEN SANTA FELL TO EARTH

    Get into the Christmas spirit with this brand new film based on the novel by popular children’s writer, Cornelia Funke (Inkheart, The Thief Lord). It’s two weeks before Christmas and Niklas Goodfellow, the last true Santa, is out on his [...]

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  • IRELAND ON SUNDAY: WHEN ALI CAME TO IRELAND

    Ireland on Sunday is our monthly showcase for new Irish film.

    When Ali Came to Ireland is the story of how Butty Sugrue, a circus strongman from Killorglin, Co. Kerry, pulled off a massive sporting coup in July 1972 when [...]

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  • IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

    There’s a reason Frank Capra’s seasonal heart-warmer gets shown year after year. Quite simply, it’s one of the most passionately uplifting movies to come out of golden-age Hollywood. Those who still think it’s just some schmaltzy fluff for holiday TV, [...]

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  • KILL LIST (FOCUS ON BEN WHEATLEY)

    On the occasion of the release of Sightseers, showing December 1st – 13th, we’re pleased to provide audiences with the opportunity to revisit director Ben Wheatley’s previous films.  

    Sophomore effort Kill List brought Wheatley to wider attention and acclaim [...]

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  • LAURENCE ANYWAYS

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    Premiered in this year’s Un Certain Regard strand at Cannes, where it won Suzanne Clément the Best Actress award, 23-year-old writer-director Xavier Dolan’s third film shows a confidence and ambition unrivalled among his contemporaries.

    Laurence (Melvil Poupaud) [...]

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  • LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

    In celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary, this new digital print from the original 70mm negative allows us a fresh look at the most intelligent epic ever to grace the screen. You can’t help but marvel that a 227-minute film [...]

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  • LOVE CRIME

    Since playing pixie-ish Ludivine Sagnier against a domineering Charlotte Rampling worked well for François Ozon in Swimming Pool, veteran director Alain Corneau conjures up some of the same frissons by casting Gallic glamour girl Sagnier opposite Anglo ice-queen Kristin Scott [...]

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  • MARY

    Translation of silent intertitles had been simple, making it easy for films by Hitchcock and others to cross national boundaries; spoken dialogue made it more complicated and one early response was to produce a film in multiple language versions. After [...]

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  • MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN

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    From Deepa Mehta, director of the ‘Elements Trilogy’ (Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005)) comes this adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s much-loved 1980 masterpiece of post-colonial literature and magical realism, and winner of the ‘Booker of Bookers’ [...]

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  • MONTHLY MUST-SEE CINEMA: SCROOGE

    Celebrating the bicentennial of Charles Dickens’ birth and the remarkable career of Belfast-born Brian Desmond Hurst, one of Ireland’s most prolific and overlooked film directors, we are pleased to present Scrooge, the film that is widely believed to be the [...]

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  • MURDER!

    This was Hitchcock’s 12th film but only the third – after The Lodger and Blackmail – to deal with crime and its unravelling; he had not yet begun to be identified with the genre. While the ‘whodunnit’ structure is untypical, Murder! [...]

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  • SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED

    Quirky, touching, and highly entertaining, Safety Not Guaranteed takes its title from the text of a mysterious personal ad seeking a companion for time travel (applicants are further warned, “Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once [...]

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  • SCROOGED

    While any adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is bound to end on a sentimental and uplifting note, the real pleasure of Scrooged lies in watching Bill Murray at his malevolent best.

    He plays the utterly amoral Frank Cross, [...]

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  • SIGHTSEERS

    If the confrontational Kill List placed Ben Wheatley among British cinema’s most incendiary new talents, this latest exercise in ultra-black comedy and squirm-inducing social observation certainly confirms it. If the idea of blending, say, Mike Leigh’s Nuts in May with [...]

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  • SMASHED

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    An affecting drama about the pitfalls faced on the road from addiction to recovery, Smashed centres on Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Death Proof) as Kate, a smart and attractive schoolteacher happily married to Charlie (Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad), [...]

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  • SPECIAL EVENT FOR ANIMATORS: ADVENTURES IN 3D ANIMATION

    Throughout 2012 at the IFI, our focus on animation included an evening course, an Irish Animation Day and an IFI Family Festival Irish Animation Trail. To finish off the year, and in conjunction with the Dublin City of Science, we have [...]

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  • STAGE FRIGHT

    Hitchcock’s departure for Hollywood in 1939, seen at first as temporary, soon turned out to be permanent. Stage Fright is the only subsequent feature that he both set and shot in England, apart from Frenzy in 1972.

    Yet another ‘wrong [...]

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  • THE HUNT

    He’s played a Viking warrior in Valhalla Rising, a revolutionary physician in A Royal Affair and even set about 007’s gentlemanly parts in Casino Royale; clearly, there are few limits to Mads Mikkelsen’s abilities, and winning the Best Actor Award [...]

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  • THE LODGER

    The mysterious lodger, under suspicion as a serial killer, becomes the first in a long line of heroes who struggle to prove their innocence, while the landlady’s daughter Daisy is the first of the ‘Hitchcock blondes’.

    The film, his third [...]

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  • THE MASTER

    Following the elemental There Will be Blood was always going to be a challenge for writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, so this latest drama operates on a more intimate scale, yet with hardly less expressive intensity.

    America, post-WWII, and traumatised ex-sailor [...]

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  • THE PARADINE CASE

    This is one of the least known films of Hitchcock’s maturity, and one of those that most rewards rediscovery, even though his own memories of the production were bad: impatient to get away to launch his independent company with Rope, [...]

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  • THE POOL

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    This absorbing story of India’s social divide takes the opposite tonal approach to Slumdog Millionaire – quiet and observant where Danny Boyle’s film was all button-pushing brashness. Director Chris Smith comes from a documentary background (he made [...]

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  • THE TOLSTOY TRILOGY: IVANSXTC.

    To mark the release of Boxing Day, December 21st – 27th, there will be screenings of the previous instalments of director Bernard Rose’s ‘Tolstoy Trilogy’.

    In the superb Ivansxtc., an adaptation of The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Ivan (Danny [...]

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  • THE TOLSTOY TRILOGY: THE KREUTZER SONATA

    To mark the release of Boxing Day, December 21st – 27th, there will be screenings of the previous instalments of director Bernard Rose’s ‘Tolstoy Trilogy’.  

    Adapted from the novella of the same name, The Kreutzer Sonata is a story [...]

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  • THE WRONG MAN

    As the title suggests, this is an unusually direct version of a familiar Hitchcock theme. He famously told interviewers that a film should not be a slice of life but a slice of cake; The Wrong Man is more like [...]

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  • WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?

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    After Hitchcock upped the ante on screen sensation in 1960’s Psycho, the challenge was for Hollywood to try and match it, prompting director Robert Aldrich to conjure up this novel shocker featuring genuine old-school movie stars. Taking [...]

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  • WILD STRAWBERRIES: PRIVATE PEACEFUL

    Wild Strawberries is our bimonthly film club for the over 55s.

    This adaptation of a Michael Morpurgo novel is directed by Pat O’Connor (Dancing at Lughnasa, The Ballroom of Romance). A companion piece to War Horse, recently adapted by Steven [...]

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  • YOU WILL BE MY SON

    A traditional Bordeaux winery makes a fascinating context for a dynastic drama as conflict rages between fearsome father Niels Arestrup and his hard-working but wimpy son Lorànt Deutsch. When their experienced estate manager (favourite crinkly character type Patrick Chesnais) is [...]

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