Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May at the IFI and beyond...

The IFI is delighted to be collaborating with MoMA in New York to present Revisiting The Quiet Man: Ireland on Film, as part of Imagine Ireland: Culture Ireland’s Year of Irish Arts in America 2011. Curated by Gabriel Byrne, this special series of 14 films takes The Quiet Man, John Ford’s iconic vision of 1950s' Ireland, as a starting point for an exploration of representations of Ireland on film from 1910 to 2010. The programme, which provides a new context for U.S.-Irish “classics”, will also include a selection of recently discovered U.S.-Irish emigrant films from the 1910s and ‘20s; feature films from the early days of Ardmore Studios and several contemporary Irish feature films including Kisses, Hunger and The Butcher Boy. Aspects of this important programme will be shown in Dublin over the next year, including a recently restored print of The Quiet Man, which will be acquired by the IFI Irish Film Archive. Keep an eye on our programme or visit MoMA's website for further information.

The Quiet Man

Hunger, one of the most memorable and stark films about Ireland in recent years, will be screened both at MoMA as part of this programme and here at the IFI in May, and the film’s co-writer Enda Walsh will be joining us for both, taking part in a special Q&A at the IFI on May 20th to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike so compellingly portrayed in the film.

The Fourth Wall: Koolhaas Houselife

We are delighted to be working with new partners the Irish Architecture Foundation to bring you The Fourth Wall. This fascinating programme, spanning from Jem Cohen to Jacques Tati, presents an intriguing perspective on the relationship between film and architecture. Moving beyond documentaries about architecture, the curators Nathalie Weadick and Samantha Martin-McAuliffe have selected films that are absolutely about or defined by architecture, and which reveal the intrinsic nature of buildings and our physical and psychological experience of them. A highlight of the programme is Wim Wenders’ second 3D film, If Buildings Could Talk, which was shown to great acclaim at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. Later in the month Build Something Modern opens for a short run following a prize-winning debut at this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Continuing with the Architecture theme, this latest installment from Still Films (Seaview, Pyjama Girls) tells the fascinating story of the role Ireland’s modernist architects played in building Africa’s Catholic infrastructure.

The IFI isn’t just based in Dublin – throughout the year IFI National brings the IFI’s programme to audiences throughout Ireland and in May we will be starting IFI @ Triskel Christchurch in Cork. This permanent year-round IFI programme in Cork will bring some of our best new releases to audiences in the region, and follows on from IFI @ The Model, which was established last year and is now expanding its programme to more screenings each week.

And don’t forget, this month’s films up for discussion at The Critical Take will be Conor Horgan’s One Hundred Mornings, Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Thomas McCarthy’s Win Win. Come along and tell us what you think!

Sarah Glennie

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