Happy New Year and welcome to the start of the IFI’s 20th anniversary celebrations!
2012 is an exciting year for the IFI as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the IFI the film centre and IFI Irish Film Archive being in Temple Bar. During that time the IFI has played a very important part in the lives of generations of film lovers and with the support of a very loyal audience, has grown to being one of Ireland’s busiest and most relevant cultural organisations. We look forward to celebrating 20 years of great film with you over the course of the year.
Come On Over
As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations we are starting a new monthly programme of great films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. We are beginning on January 9th with one of our newest acquisitions, Come on Over, a 1922 silent film that we have brought back to Ireland with the help of the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. With live musical accompaniment this is not to be missed and all proceeds from the screening will go towards the IFI Irish Film Archive Preservation Fund.
There must be few amongst us that haven’t been gripped at some point by Steven Spielberg’s extraordinary power as a story-teller. To mark the release of his new film War Horse, we are showing a small selection of his films, focusing on two of his recurrent themes: war and childhood. Spanning from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Schindler’s List, it is a great chance to see some old favourites on the big screen (and on 70mm) and to re-evaluate the work of one of the most successful and popular film directors of all time. Esteemed film critic and writer, Professor Neil Sinyard will be giving an illustrated lecture on January 14th about the extraordinary legacy of Spielberg’s career.
Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender on the set of Shame
Steve McQueen made an extraordinary transition from film artist to feature director with Hunger in 2009 and his second film, Shame, fully delivers on all the promise of that debut. His collaboration with Michael Fassbender continues with another staggering performance by this very, very talented actor. The result is an extremely powerful and compelling film that will stay with you long after it finishes, if only for the mastery of the filmmaking. It opens on January 13th but there will be a special preview on January 10th with a live satellite Q&A with Steve McQueen.
Michel Hazanavicius’ ‘silent’ film The Artist was the unexpected hit at Cannes in 2011 and has received a host of Golden Globe nominations and is being hotly tipped for a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. It captures all the glamour, passion and drama of Hollywood’s silent era and offers respite from what may be a less than glamorous 2012!
It’s cold outside so what better place to be than in the cinema… so come along and lose yourself in these and some of the other wonderful films that we have screening this month!
For more information on the IFI Irish Film Archive Preservation Fund, please visit our website http://www.ifi.ie/support/donations/.