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IFI SPOTLIGHT

SEMINAR: APRIL 12TH

While the IFI celebrates Irish cinema with screenings of new and archival film throughout the year, our annual IFI Spotlight event provides us with an opportunity to present a more concentrated focus on our industry. This year we present key new Irish features and a day-long seminar chaired by Margaret Kelleher (Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature at UCD and IFI Chair), which will focus on film and television production made in or about Ireland during 2013.

The IFI’s second annual focus on Irish film will this year feature a series of discussions and debates on film and television and will be complemented by the release of three new titles during the month of April, John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary (opens April 11th), the screen adaptation of John Banville’s The Sea (opens April 18th), and Pat Collins’ Living in a Coded Land (opens April 25th).

These events on April 12th are FREE. Simply book your free seat by contacting the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or emailing boxoffice@irishfilm.ie (given that events can sell out, please note that your emailed booking requests must be confirmed by reply email from the Box Office in order to be considered valid).

 

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  • CALVARY
    • Friday 11th April 2014
      13.45|16.00|18.15|20.30
    • Saturday 12th April 2014
      13.45|18.15|20.30
    • Sunday 13th April 2014
      16.00|18.15|20.30
    • Monday 14th April 2014
      13.45|16.00|18.15|20.30
    • Tuesday 15th April 2014
      13.45|16.00|18.15|20.30
    • Wednesday 16th April 2014
      13.45|16.00|18.15|20.30
    • Thursday 17th April 2014
      13.45|16.00|20.30
    • Friday 18th April 2014
      14.00|16.10|18.20|20.30
    • Saturday 19th April 2014
      14.00|16.10|18.20|20.30
    • Sunday 20th April 2014
      14.00|16.10|18.20|20.30
    • Monday 21st April 2014
      14.00|16.10|18.20|20.30
    • Tuesday 22nd April 2014
      14.00|16.10|18.20|20.30
    • Wednesday 23rd April 2014
      14.00|16.10|18.20|20.30
    • Thursday 24th April 2014
      14.00|16.10|18.20|20.30
    • Friday 25th April 2014
      14.00|16.10|20.30
    • Saturday 26th April 2014
      14.00|16.10|18.20|20.30
    • Sunday 27th April 2014
      14.00|16.10|18.20|20.30
    • Monday 28th April 2014
      14.00|16.10|18.20|20.30
    • Tuesday 29th April 2014
      14.00|16.10|21.00
    • Wednesday 30th April 2014
      14.00|16.10|18.20|20.30
    • Thursday 1st May 2014
      14.00|16.10|18.20
  • IFI SPOTLIGHT: OPENING ADDRESS
    • Saturday 12th April 2014
      11.00
  • IFI SPOTLIGHT: THE YEAR IN REVIEW
    • Saturday 12th April 2014
      11.45
  • IFI SPOTLIGHT: PERCEPTION OF IRISH FILM
    • Saturday 12th April 2014
      14.00
  • IFI SPOTLIGHT: SOAPBOX
    • Saturday 12th April 2014
      15.15
  • IFI SPOTLIGHT: CROSS-CULTURAL CONNECTIONS
    • Saturday 12th April 2014
      15.45
  • IFI SPOTLIGHT: RESPONSE: OPEN DISCUSSION
    • Saturday 12th April 2014
      16.45
  • THE SEA
    • Friday 18th April 2014
      13.50|18.15
    • Saturday 19th April 2014
      14.00|18.15
    • Sunday 20th April 2014
      16.00|20.15
    • Monday 21st April 2014
      16.30|20.40
    • Tuesday 22nd April 2014
      16.30|20.40
    • Wednesday 23rd April 2014
      16.30|20.40
    • Thursday 24th April 2014
      14.00|18.15
    • Friday 25th April 2014
      14.00
    • Saturday 26th April 2014
      16.15
    • Sunday 27th April 2014
      18.15
    • Monday 28th April 2014
      16.30
    • Tuesday 29th April 2014
      16.20
    • Wednesday 30th April 2014
      13.45
    • Thursday 1st May 2014
      20.30
  • LIVING IN A CODED LAND (OPENS APRIL 25TH)
    • Friday 25th April 2014
      18.30
    • Saturday 26th April 2014
      14.15|18.15
    • Sunday 27th April 2014
      20.00
    • Monday 28th April 2014
      18.15
    • Tuesday 29th April 2014
      14.30|20.45
    • Wednesday 30th April 2014
      16.00|20.15
    • Thursday 1st May 2014
      16.20

JAMES DEAN

APRIL 25TH - MAY 1ST

“An actor must interpret life, and in order to do so must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet. In the short span of his lifetime, an actor must learn all there is to know, experience all there is to experience, or approach that state as closely as possible. He must be superhuman in his efforts to store away in the core of his subconscious everything that he might be called upon to use in the expression of his art." James Dean

The promotion of James Dean as poster boy for the ‘live fast, die young’ campaign cheapens the tragedy of his death. He was just 24 years old when he was killed in a car crash, by which time he had taken major roles in only three features, yet the impact of his revelatory performances in those films were such that it sent shockwaves through Hollywood, not only at the time, but for generations to come. A keen student of Lee Strasberg and early convert to the method school of acting, Dean lived his roles in a way that few had before him. That shock of the new, combined with films that exploited his youthful beauty and his innate ability to dramatise universal questions young people continue to be confronted with, are possible reasons why he has endured. 

The IFI is delighted to present new digital restorations of the three films that are the best part of his legacy. 

Introduction and notes on individual films by Michael Hayden.

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WILD STRAWBERRIES & BEALTAINE 2014

May brings the annual Bealtaine Festival, a month-long celebration of renewal, creativity and growth in ageing, co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity. This year’s theme ‘catch the heart off guard’, from Seamus Heaney’s poem Postscript, is reflected in our film choices, in which characters are taken out of themselves by love, companionship or shared creativity. Whether it’s the rekindled musical talents of Quartet’s stately retirement home, the creativity of the Macushla Dance Club in documentary The Area, or the unexpected love affair of the Pierce Brosnan drama Love is All You Need, there is something in our Bealtaine programme to catch your film viewing off guard.

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ESSENTIAL CINEMA: THE 1990S

APRIL 1ST – 29TH

Our decade-by-decade look at the essentials of American cinema, programmed in conjunction with The National Film School at IADT. Each film will be preceded by a short introduction from IADT lecturer, Tom Kennedy.

In filmmaking terms, the 1990s were not a radical decade. Scorsese and Altman did not disappoint with Goodfellas and Short Cuts, but it was relative newcomers such as Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher and Wes Anderson who began carving out their own, very different territory. And then those writer/director Minnesota brothers, the Coens, finally achieved a breakout hit with Fargo, after which ‘police work’ would never be the same.

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KEN LOACH

PART ONE (MAY 3RD – 28TH)

There have been reports that Ken Loach’s latest feature Jimmy’s Hall, filmed in Leitrim and Sligo and telling the story of Irish political activist Jimmy Gralton, will be his last. It will be a huge loss if that proves to be the case, as it’s hard to bring to mind a director who has been willing to take on issues of social injustice as consistently and courageously as Loach has in his work, while his lifelong commitment to challenging the political status quo has been characteristic of his films since he was directing television plays for the BBC in the mid-1960s. Controversy has also been a constant theme, yet the debate and fury he has provoked could never overshadow what a great filmmaker he is, and his pioneering work in television, documentary and fiction films has had a global influence. 

The IFI is delighted to be presenting a two month celebration of Loach’s work, which features rare work, including the previously suppressed The Save the Children Fund Film (1969). We are also thrilled that the director will be at the IFI to talk about his work and career in a public interview on May 8th, 18.30.

For their assistance in mounting this retrospective, the IFI would like to thank the BFI, BBC, Save The Children, Element Pictures, Rebecca O’Brien and all at Sixteen Films.

Introduction and film notes by Michael Hayden.

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CINEMA OF CHILDHOOD

APRIL 12TH - 20TH 

One of the most admirable aspects of Mark Cousins’ excellent new documentary A Story of Children and Film is the desire it instils in viewers to seek out the films it celebrates. Many are so rare as to be known to only the most ardent cinephiles, and have seldom if ever screened in this country before.

To rectify this, Cousins, in partnership with Filmhouse and the British Film Institute, has worked to have a selection of the films referenced made available in new digital restorations, from which the titles in this short season have been selected. Eschewing English language representations of childhood for international work strengthens the film’s point of view on the universalness of the experience while still providing fascinating insight into cultural differences across continents. Like the documentary itself, each of these is a joy to watch, and we’re delighted to take this opportunity to present these special screenings. 

Show your ticket for A Story of Children and Film to IFI Box Office staff to claim discounted concession rates for tickets to any Cinema of Childhood Season films accompanying this release!

Introduction and notes on individual films by Kevin Coyne.

April's IFI Family screening, The Boot, is also chosen from these new restorations and will screen on Sunday, April 27th at 11.00.

Watch the season trailer here: 

The Cinema of Childhood: Trailer from Cinema of Childhood on Vimeo.

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TOO OLD FOR ANIMATION? MASTERCLASS, DISCUSSION & SCREENINGS

A day of discussion, screening and practice, in collaboration with Animation Skillnet (11.00 – 15.30).

Are you interested in animation for adults or for children? In collaboration with Animation Skillnet, we are hosting a day at the IFI comprising a masterclass, [...]

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