Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February at the IFI

Welcome to the IFI’s February programme and an exciting month of wonderful films and distinguished guests!

My Left Foot

Jim Sheridan’s extraordinary career, spanning 30 years, ranges from the underground theatre scene in 1970s’ Dublin, to Hollywood and several Academy Award nominations. Films such as My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father and The Field have shaped Irish cinema and brought Irish culture to a global stage. We are delighted to be celebrating the achievements of this extraordinary director, writer and producer with a special season of his work during the month of February. Jim will be joining us at a number of the screenings, accompanied by an all-star cast of family and collaborators, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, and Kirsten and Peter Sheridan. A highlight of the season will be Jim’s interview by his brother Peter, which promises to be a frank and revealing discussion between two people who have each played a pivotal role in defining Ireland’s contemporary cultural identity.

In the Name of the Father

February is the month of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival which takes place citywide from the 17th to 27th February with a packed programme of screenings and special events connecting films from all over the world. We are delighted to be collaborating with JDIFF to bring British artist Gillian Wearing to Dublin for a special screening of her first feature film, Self Made, followed by a public interview. Gillian is one of the leading British artists of her generation and at the centre of the so-called YBA movement, winning the Turner Prize in 1997. Following a number of artists now turning to cinema (Sam Taylor-Wood, Steve McQueen), Self Made sees Wearing develop her delicate exploration of ordinary people’s inner-most thoughts, in this instance using film as a framework for her subjects to explore their fantasy selves.

We are delighted to contribute to the first Glens Bualadh Bos event which takes place in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim on February 19th and 20th. The event, initiated by arist-in- residence Donal O’Kelly, will this year honour actor Tom Hickey, star of stage and screen since the 1960s. The film programme will be supported by IFI National.

Brighton Rock

We continue our Greene on the Screen programme to mark the release of Brighton Rock, and Adrian Wootton will be joining us for a special talk on Greene’s work and his relationship to cinema. All this and some great new releases from around the world with True Grit, Never Let Me Go and Howl being just some of the films opening this month.

It is going to be a busy month: clear your diaries and enjoy some extraordinary and inspiring cinema!

Sarah Glennie

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