Friday, March 30, 2012

April at the IFI

Welcome to the IFI’s April programme and a month long celebration of Carl Dreyer, one of the 20th century’s unsung cinematic greats. 

Carl Dreyer's Vampyr

This month’s major retrospective of the best of Carl Dreyer’s films provides a unique opportunity to experience the full range of this great director’s work on the big screen, and to see for yourself why film critics claim him as one of the masters of cinema. Two of his silent classics, The Passion of Joan of Arc and Master of the House, will be screened with live musical accompaniment, giving a rare chance to experience silent film as it was intended, mirroring the experience of audiences in the '20s. For a more contemporary synthesis of sound and music, we will be showing Vampyr again on May 18th with a live performance of his new score by Steven Severin, acclaimed solo artist and founding member of Siouxsie and the Banshees. And for those of you who want to find out more about Dreyer, don’t miss Peter Walsh’s talk on April 18th at 2.30pm.

La Havre

Building on our teen club, we’ve a film frenzy this month offering all those aged 15 to 18 a chance to explore a huge range of films from our programme  at a very small price. For €3, teens can choose from films like The Kid With a Bike, Le Havre, Into the Abyss, Marley and many more. With this special offer which runs every day for the month of April, from 1pm-6pm, young film fans can enjoy a different kind of cinema for only €3 and get every fourth screening for FREE. Spread the word and tell any budding cineastes you know – for more information please see

To celebrate Ireland’s recent Oscar victory, we will be screening The Shore every Sunday throughout April at 13.10. The screenings are free and a great opportunity to see this beautiful story of hope and reconciliation on the big screen. Directed by Belfast’s Terry George, and produced with his daughter Oorlagh, The Shore stars Ciarán Hinds, Conleth Hill and Kerry Condon and should not be missed.

The Oscar-winning The Shore

Finally I have to say a word of goodbye, as I will be leaving the IFI at the start of April to take up the role of Director of IMMA. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic team at the IFI, the Board, and many, many colleagues in the wider film community who have made my time here as Director so rewarding and enjoyable! It has been an honour and a privilege to work at the IFI. I truly believe it is one of Ireland’s most important, relevant and loved cultural organisations, and I look forward to joining in the 20th anniversary celebrations in September. But most of all I want to thank you, the audience, for continuing to make the IFI what it is and making all our work here so worthwhile.

Sarah Glennie

The Passion of Carl Dreyer retrospective continues at the IFI from 1st-29th April 2012. For more information on films and bookings, please contact our Box Office on 01-679 3477 or visit the season's page [here]. 

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