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 email@example.com (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).
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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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.
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.
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