Join us at the IFI this Christmas for some festive family favourites, classics and free screenings from the IFI Irish Film Archive throughout December! Kicking off with Mary Poppins on Dec 8th and 9th (coinciding with the release of Saving Mr. Banks), we'll have the perennial favourite It's A Wonderful Life showing from December 13th, followed by Meet Me in St. Louis (Dec 20th & 21st), White Christmas (Dec 21st & 23rd) and The Bishop's Wife (Dec 22nd & 23rd).
Other special events to look out for are a special 70mm screening of Gremlins (Dec 17th), our Feast Your Eyes screening of Trading Places (followed by festive canapes and mulled wine in the IFI Cafe Bar, on Dec 18th), our IFI Family screening of March of the Penguins on Dec 29th and, throughout December, our FREE Archive at Lunchtime programme of Wintry Wonders.
Join us for a season of festive favourites, family treats and Christmas classics at the IFI!
Please note that It's A Wonderful Life opens on Friday, December 13th. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, December 9th. All other films are on sale now.
If you're looking for some Christmas gift inspiration, why not check out the IFI Film Shop for all your shopping needs! From DVDs of your favourite Irish and international films, TV series box-sets and beautiful books, to handy gift cards, classic film posters and stocking fillers, you'll find the ideal present in no time! The IFI Film Shop will also have special Christmas offers and extended opening hours throughout December!
To coincide with Lithuania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union this year, the IFI is pleased to collaborate with the Lithuanian Embassy in Ireland to present this programme reflecting the diversity and strength both in terms of style and content of the country’s film industry. The line-up consists of films all made in the last five years and the filmmakers come from three different generations. The features cover a wide range of themes and concerns including history (Vortex), identity (Vanishing Waves) and crime (Eastern Drift). Yet their titles are indicative of a common thread around a distinctive relationship with the natural world, and at the core of each of these films is a strong central character who provokes and enthrals the audience in equal measure. Opening the programme on December 6th is Vanishing Waves, the winner of best film at JDIFF this year and we are delighted that director Kristina Buožytė will attend the screening and take part in a Q&A afterwards. We look forward to an exciting weekend of Lithuanian cinema.
Introduction and film notes by Alice Butler.
Supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Ireland.
The IFI would like to acknowledge the support of Arturas Jevdokimovas for his collaboration in assembling this programme.
DECEMBER 14th - 22nd
One aspect of Bruce Dern’s performance as Woody Grant in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (opens from December 6th) is that he’s playing a character who is under-appreciated and taken for granted by those around him. There are parallels to a film career where contemporaries such as Jack Nicholson and Robert Redford graduated to be bona fide movie stars, while Dern carved out a reputation as a notable character actor, making his mark playing mostly bad guys, usually down the billing from bigger draws. David Letterman once asked him if he ever tired of playing “all these wackos and all these sickos”, to which Dern replied he didn’t recognise the characters as such, that “they're really just guys that kind of live just beyond where the buses run."
A graduate of Lee Strasberg’s acting school, Dern worked on a number of Roger Corman films before appearing in some of the of the most vital and politically engaged films of the 1970s. With an overdue Oscar nomination for Coming Home arriving in 1979, Dern might have expected to find more leading roles. While few materialised, the recognition he received from directors such as James Foley and Quentin Tarantino was evidence that the work he’d done had not gone unnoticed.
Dern is remarkable as Woody Grant, and it’s a role which won him the best actor award at Cannes this year. Nebraska may be the high point of his singular career, which the IFI celebrates in December with a selection of his finest films.
Introduction and film notes by Michael Hayden. Bruce Dern’s latest feature, Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne, is opening on December 6th.
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