WHAT'S ON - 02/2013

  • A LIAR’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

    Subtitled ‘The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman’, this animated feature is anything but a standard biopic. Using Chapman’s 1980 audiobook recording of his unconventional memoir to tell his story in his own voice, it draws on the work of [...]

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  • A LIAR’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY (3D)

    Subtitled ‘The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman’, this animated feature is anything but a standard biopic. Using Chapman’s 1980 audiobook recording of his unconventional memoir to tell his story in his own voice, it draws on the work [...]

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  • AFTERNOON TALK: HITCHCOCK & ALMA REVILLE

    This talk focuses on Alma Reville, Hitchcock’s wife and key collaborator whose influence and talent had been rather overlooked until recent years, something now changing due to a greater critical acknowledgement of the important role she played as an editor, [...]

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME (PROGRAMMES 1 & 2) FEB 2013

    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 celebrate the work of Kieran Hickey and BAC Films. 

    PROGRAMME 1

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME (PROGRAMMES 3 & 4) FEB 2013

    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 celebrate the work of Kieran Hickey and BAC Films. 

    PROGRAMME 3:

    IRELAND: THE HERITAGE OF [...]

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: PROGRAMME 1 (FEB 2013)

    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 celebrate the work of Kieran Hickey and BAC Films. 

    PROGRAMME 1

    MOON MEN     [...]

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: PROGRAMME 2 (FEB 2013)

    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 celebrate the work of Kieran Hickey and BAC Films. 

    PROGRAMME 2

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: PROGRAMME 3 (FEB 2013)

    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 celebrate the work of Kieran Hickey and BAC Films. 

    PROGRAMME 3:

    IRELAND: THE HERITAGE OF [...]

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: PROGRAMME 4 (FEB 2013)

    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 celebrate the work of Kieran Hickey and BAC Films. 

    PROGRAMME 4:

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  • BLAZING SADDLES

    To celebrate Quentin Tarantino’s return to form with Django Unchained we offer two screenings to coincide with its release: Blazing Saddles and Django

    In Mel Brooks’ comedy classic Blazing Saddles, the wit and satire that pervades Tarantino’s film is brought to an absurd extreme in [...]

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  • BULLHEAD

    Memorable as the conflicted bare-knuckle fighter in Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone, star-in-the-making Matthias Schoenaerts is arguably even more remarkable in this earlier offering from his native Belgium. In the West Flanders farming community, bristling machismo manifests itself in treating [...]

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  • CHAMPAGNE

    ‘Frothy’ and ‘bubbly’ are the appropriate adjectives for this comedy, a vehicle for Betty Balfour, major British star of the late 1920s and a powerful icon of female energy and assertiveness. Here she plays an aviatrix who defies her wealthy [...]

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  • DEAD AGAIN (EVENING COURSE: SHADOW OF A GENIUS)

    Kenneth Branagh’s second directorial feature featured Emma Thompson as Grace, an amnesiac woman in LA who is being helped to find her past life by Branagh’s private detective, Mike Church. After Spellbound, where John Brown speaks of being haunted by [...]

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  • DJANGO

    To celebrate Quentin Tarantino’s return to form with Django Unchained we offer two screenings to coincide with its release: Django and Blazing Saddles.

    One of the major inspirations for QT’s latest, Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti Western Django tells of a coffin-dragging gunslinger seeking revenge on the [...]

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  • DJANGO UNCHAINED

    The slave plantation era of the pre-Civil War South gets an epic re-write in Tarantino’s talky, blood-splattered Spaghetti Western, which owes much to both Sergio Corbucci’s original Django (1969) and Richard Fleischer’s lurid melodrama Mandingo (1975).

    Part homage, part pastiche, [...]

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  • FEAST YOUR EYES: THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER

    Dr. Peter Cherry, Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College, Dublin, will introduce this screening. 

    Brutal, sumptuous and deadly, Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), the choice [...]

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  • FIRE IN THE BLOOD

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    Justifiable anger seethes from this consciousness-raising documentary fresh from its premiere at Sundance. How is it, asks filmmaker Dylan Mohan Gray, that the major pharmaceutical companies can deny treatment to the developing world by pricing their [...]

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  • FOR ELLEN

    Korean-born, American-raised indie filmmaker So Yong Kim has steadily been building a growing critical reputation for her naturalistic, pared-down yet subtly emotive approach to storytelling last seen in Treeless Mountain, an affecting study of a fraught Korean childhood. This wintry road [...]

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  • HITCHCOCK

    This affectionate, if somewhat speculative biographical drama suggests it wasn’t always easy being ‘The Master of Suspense’. Anthony Hopkins gets the voice just right, captures corpulent Hitchcock’s oddly dainty physicality, and delivers a touching portrait of a man whose cinematic [...]

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  • I WISH

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    Casting two real-life siblings as brothers living with separated parents on the western Japanese island of Kyushu makes all the difference in director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest engrossing family drama. Although they necessarily spend time on the [...]

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  • IFI & EXPERIMENTAL FILM CLUB: RUINS & ENTROPY PART II

    The IFI and Experimental Film Club present the second of a two-part programme curated by Aoife Desmond.

    Ruins & Entropy Part II continues the thread explored in Part I which focused on Robert Smithson’s art practice and theory. Part II focuses [...]

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  • IFI & JDIFF COLLABORATION: A TRIBUTE TO KIERAN HICKEY (PROGRAMME 1)

    We are delighted to welcome Kieran’s friend, Theatre Director Patrick Mason to introduce both programmes.

    ExposureAn encounter between three male surveyors (Niall O’Brien, Bosco Hogan and T. P. McKenna) and an intriguing French photographer (Catherine Schell) at a remote hotel [...]

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  • IFI & JDIFF COLLABORATION: A TRIBUTE TO KIERAN HICKEY (PROGRAMME 2)

    We are delighted to welcome Kieran’s friend, Theatre Director Patrick Mason to introduce both programmes. 

    AttractaAdapted from William Trevor’s short story, this beautiful film about redemption and forgiveness follows the descent into madness of Attracta (Wendy Hiller), a retired Protestant [...]

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  • IFI & JDIFF: JEM COHEN SHORTS PROGRAMME 1

    Le Bled (Buildings in a Field)

    One of Cohen’s many collaborations with Luc Santé, Le Bled is a film about Tangier, Morocco and a gargantuan construction project stretching across the horizon in all directions. (11 minutes, 2009, Super 8)

    Opus [...]

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  • IFI & JDIFF: JEM COHEN SHORTS PROGRAMME 2

    Gravity Hill Newsreels Series One (1 – 5 of 12 short films about Occupy Wall Street)The first five films shot by Cohen about the Occupy Wall Street movement, all recorded during October 2011. (24 minutes, 2011/’12, HD)

    Long for the CityA [...]

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  • IFI & JDIFF: MUSEUM HOURS

    We are delighted that Jem Cohen will take part in a Q&A via Skype following the screening of this film.

    Given unprecedented access to one of the world’s great museums, Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Art Museum, Jem Cohen has crafted a delicately [...]

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  • IFI FAMILY: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

    One of the most beloved children’s books by the late author Maurice Sendak is adapted for this gorgeous film, through a collaboration between the writer, director Spike Jonze and writer Dave Eggars. 

    The film tells the story of Max, an [...]

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  • IN DREAMS (EVENING COURSE: SHADOW OF A GENIUS)

    We are delighted to welcome Neil Jordan who will take part in a post-screening discussion with participants of the Evening Course, facilitated by Dr. Harvey O’Brien (Lecturer in Film Studies at UCD).

    Considering the various genres of film he has [...]

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  • IRELAND ON SUNDAY: THE RAJ IN THE RAIN

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

    The Raj in the Rain is an affectionate, insightful and frequently bizarre portrait of a dwindling tribe – the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy. For centuries, the landed gentry lead privileged lives in [...]

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  • JDIFF 2013 (REEL ART): BROKEN SONG

    ‘People look at us and they see the stereotype: “they’re this, they’re that… they’re scumbags”. You’ve got to show them how good you are, you’ve got to whip out a tune that they couldn’t write in their dreams.’ Git

    This [...]

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  • JDIFF 2013 (REEL ART): NATAN

    Reel Art is an Arts Council scheme designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme. Taking in all facets of artistic creation, Reel Art documentaries are themselves [...]

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  • LA FEMME INFIDÈLE (EVENING COURSE: SHADOW OF A GENIUS)

    Serious recognition of Hitchcock began in the pages of Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s. In 1957, Éric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol published the first book-length study on the filmmaker, commenting not only on his obvious technical prowess but also [...]

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  • LGBT HISTORY MONTH: DID ANYONE NOTICE US?

    Gay Visibility in the Irish Media 1973 to 1993.

    On the occasion of LGBT History Month, the IFI is proud to present Edmund Lynch’s award-winning documentary Did Anyone Notice Us? as part of a programme of two screenings offering fascinating perspective on the [...]

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  • LGBT HISTORY MONTH: FOOTAGE FROM THE RTÉ ARCHIVES

    On the occasion of LGBT History Month, the IFI is proud to present a programme of two screenings offering fascinating perspective on the development of gay rights culture in Ireland. The second in this programme consists of footage from the [...]

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  • LORE

    It’s taken Australian writer-director Cate Shortland eight years to follow her brilliant debut Somersault, but the unexpected German-language result only underlines her status as a talent of rare sensitivity and ambition. Set during the final days of WWII, this adaptation [...]

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  • MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

    Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) begins his film with the case of Milwaukee priest Father Lawrence Murphy, who for decades abused students in the school for the deaf in which he worked, and builds to an [...]

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  • MEN AT LUNCH

    The screening at 18.30 on February 1st will be in Irish (with English subtitles) and attended by the filmmakers, Sean and Eamon O’Cualain, who will take part in a Q&A hosted by Cilian Fennell of Stillwater Communications. The showing at 18.20 [...]

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  • MONTHLY MUST-SEE CINEMA: PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME!

    This month we present an American film adaptation of the play which launched Irish playwright Brian Friel on the international stage.

    A young man, Gar O’Donnell, debates with his alter ego whether or not he should leave the depressing environment [...]

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  • MR AND MRS SMITH

    This is one of the least known and ostensibly least typical of Hitchcock’s films, and thus all the more rewarding to catch up with. His first Hollywood productions, Rebecca and Foreign Correspondent, were set in Europe, as was his fourth, [...]

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  • NO

    Chilean director Pablo Larraín hits the target with this sharp-witted, hugely entertaining recreation of the 1988 referendum when General Pinochet announced a free vote on his continuation in power, so confident of victory that he allowed his opponents a brief [...]

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  • NORTH BY NORTHWEST

    We are delighted to be joined by Dr. Harvey O’Brien (UCD Film Studies lecturer) on February 24th who will introduce the screening.

    The formula used for The 39 Steps in 1930s Britain, and then of Saboteur [...]

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  • NOTORIOUS

    For filmmaker François Truffaut, this ultra-intense spy thriller represents “the quintessence of Hitchcock.” For biographer John Russell Taylor, it is “one of Hitch’s most romantic, most simple, most secret films.” American critic William Rothman sees it as “the first Hitchcock [...]

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  • NUMBER SEVENTEEN

    A modest attendance can perhaps be predicted for this obscure low-budget film which many, including Hitchcock himself, have disparaged – yet it is arguably the most rewarding of all his films to see and ponder, in making sense of the [...]

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  • RICH AND STRANGE

    A young married couple takes a boat journey to the Far East, before returning sadder but wiser. Their names are Fred and Emily, suggestively close to Alfred and his wife Alma (Reville), who jointly wrote the screenplay, and the film [...]

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  • SABOTEUR

    Classed by the BFI as one of ‘Hitchcock’s Odysseys’, this could equally have been placed in last month’s category, ‘Hitchcock Goes to War’: it dramatises the struggle against pro-Nazi forces within the U.S. after the country’s entry into war in [...]

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  • SECRET AGENT

    One index of the richness of Hitchcock’s work is the wide variety of critical approaches it has inspired. For the late great Raymond Durgnat (The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock), the balanced perfection of The 39 Steps was unsatisfying: he [...]

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  • SIDE BY SIDE

    With so many movies being shot on digital these days, is it the end for film cameras? And if so, wherefore the future of the medium? Hosted and co-produced by Keanu Reeves, this smartly-assembled doc consults the absolute best in [...]

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  • THE 39 STEPS

    If Number Seventeen supplied an effective skeleton for the Hitchcock thriller, The 39 Steps puts flesh on the bones to sensational effect. Already, The Man Who Knew Too Much had reintroduced Hitchcock to his first producer Michael Balcon [...]

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  • THE CRITICAL TAKE (FEBRUARY 2013)

    The three films up for lively debate in our free monthly film club are Belgian director Michael R. Roskam’s Academy-Award-nominated drama Bullhead starring Matthias Schoenaerts (February 1st – 14th), Pablo Larraín’s stylised, humorous and acclaimed No [...]

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  • THE GODFATHER PART II

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    Both prequel and sequel to The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece of American film returns to cinema screens in a new restoration. Parallel narratives follow Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), [...]

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  • THE LAST PROJECTIONIST

    Showing to coincide with Side By Side, the documentary The Last Projectionist examines the effects of the advent of digital cinema on exhibition. Centred on the Electric in Brighton, the U.K.’s oldest working cinema, it’s the story of a century [...]

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  • THE SESSIONS

    In this witty and touching true-life story we meet the remarkable Mark O’Brien, who’s graduated from university, works as a journalist and writes poetry – notwithstanding the childhood polio which has left him paralysed from the neck down, and spending [...]

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  • THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY

    Here, the BFI’s label, ‘Dead Funny’, fits perfectly: this is a comedy about a corpse found in the autumnal countryside, and the responses of the locals who encounter it. After the money earned for them by his recent films, Paramount [...]

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  • THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (EVENING COURSE: SHADOW OF A GENIUS)

    With North by Northwest’s crop-duster sequence one of the most recognisable in cinema, it’s fitting to look at a classic 1970s conspiracy thriller featuring an ordinary man running for his life. Directed by Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford is the CIA [...]

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  • TO CATCH A THIEF

    France was always important to Hitchcock. He loved the food and the wines; French critics and filmmakers (Chabrol, Rohmer, Truffaut) took the lead in celebrating his work; and he used France repeatedly for subject-matter and locations, from his silent apprenticeship [...]

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  • TO THE WONDER

    As he approaches his 70th birthday, Terrence Malick has picked up the pace, taking only a year or so since the Cannes-winning The Tree of Life to deliver his latest achingly beautiful drama of the body and the spirit. The [...]

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  • TOPAZ

    Hitchcock’s stature and expertise, built up over the decades, makes his failures more interesting than some other directors’ facile successes. Topaz was a failure both critically and commercially; it has a dull central performance and a meandering narrative, based on [...]

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  • TORN CURTAIN

    The story of an apparently defecting American scientist in East Germany, Torn Curtain provides a fascinating case study of the problems faced by Hitchcock in the changing Hollywood of the 1960s. He was persuaded to use two big current stars, [...]

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  • WILD STRAWBERRIES: STELLA DAYS

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

    Award-winning actor Martin Sheen is far removed from his West Wing President Jed Bartlet in this story of 1950s’ small town Ireland. As Fr. Barry, a man who believes [...]

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  • WILD STRAWBERRIES: THE ARTIST

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

    Start off the year with a skip in your step at a screening of The Artist, a charming tribute to silent cinema and last year’s Oscar-sweeper and worldwide hit. [...]

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  • WINTER SOLDIER

    Following on from the previous weekend’s screenings of This Is Where We Take Our StandWinter Soldier consists of footage of testimony given by Vietnam veterans of the routine atrocities they observed and committed. 

    In 1971 Vietnam Veterans Against the War invited [...]

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  • YOUNG AND INNOCENT

    The fifth of the celebrated 1930s ‘thriller sextet’, this is the last to be written by Charles Bennett before he left for Hollywood, and the only one without an overt political dimension, as distinct from sexual politics: a young woman [...]

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  • ZERO DARK THIRTY

    Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the team behind The Hurt Locker, expand their ambitions in this epic account of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Forget any notions of triumphalism now however, since the film offers a bracing [...]

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