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THE 19th IFI FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL
An exceptionally busy November at the Irish Film Institute means the return of the IFI’s flagship IFI French Film Festival, a visit from legendary director Mike Leigh, screenings in association with the Temple Bar Festival of Politics and Science Week, plus the welcome re-release of Billy Wilder’s comedy classic Some Like It Hot.
The 19th IFI French Film Festival, Ireland’s largest French cultural event featuring over 25 new and classic features, will open on Wednesday 14th with the Irish premiere screening of Claire Burger’s domestic drama Real Love. Starring award-winning writer-director Bouli Lanners, the film focuses on teenagers Niki and Frida Messina as they cope with fallout of their parents’ separation; Claire Burger will take part in a post-screening Q&A on opening night. The festival will close on Sunday 25th with a screening of Mia Hansen-Løve’s latest film, Maya, starring Roman Kalinka and Aarshi Banerjee.
Acclaimed writer-director-actor Cédric Kahn, most recently seen in Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War, will visit the Festival as Guest of Honour with his latest film, The Prayer. Kahn will take part in a Q&A following the film’s screening on Friday 16th, will give a masterclass on Saturday 17th in association with Screen Training Ireland, and will introduce a screening of his 2001 drama Roberto Succo. Directors Andréa Bescond and Eric Métayer will also attend the Festival with their film Little Tickles, which screened in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Other films transferring from Cannes include Lukas Dhont’s multi-award-winning Girl, Camille Vidal-Naquet’s Sauvage, Yann Gonzalez’s Knife + Heart starring Vanessa Paradis, Gilles Lellouche’s Sink or Swim, Stéphane Brizé’s social drama At War, and Christophe Honoré’sSorry Angel. France’s official entry for the 2019 Oscars, Emmanuel Finkiel’s Memoir of War, will also screen.
The IFI is delighted to welcome back legendary director Mike Leigh on Wednesday 7th for a sold-out screening of Peterloo, his new film focussing on the events of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. Leigh, who last visited the IFI in 2014 for the release of Mr. Turner, will take part in a post-screening Q&A. The film opens on Friday 2nd.
Other guests to visit the IFI during November include director Rebecca Daly, who will take part in a Q&A following the 18.15 screening of Good Favour on Friday 9th. The film, which screened at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival, centres on a strictly devout Christian community which suffers a crisis of faith following a series of unsettling incidents. Irish director Nicholas Ryan-Purcell will visit the IFI on Wednesday 7th to present his documentary This Is Nicholas: Living With Autism and to take part in a post-screening Q&A.
As part of the IFI’s ongoing Bigger Picture strand, Head of the National Film School, Rónán Ó Muirthile, will present a screening of Alan Parker’s 1988 Oscar-winning drama Mississippi Burning starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe. As part of Science Week, Professor Miles Turner, Director of the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology, will introduce a screening of Let There Be Light on Sunday 11th which examines efforts to finally make nuclear fusion a reality. On Saturday 17th, in association with the Temple Bar Festival of Politics, the IFI will screen Jan Gebert’s When The War Comes, a look at a young paramilitary group created by a Slovakian teenager.
A particularly strong slate of new releases in November from renowned directors includes Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, Hirokazu Koreeda’s Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters, Steve McQueen’s thriller Widows starring Viola Davis and Colin Farrell, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree. The month also sees the release of Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife featuring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal, and the return of Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s The Camino Voyage, following a sold out screening earlier this year as part of the Dublin International Film Festival.
Finally, a new 4k restoration of Billy Wilder's comedy classic Some Like It Hot will be released on Friday 2nd; the film will also be the IFI's November Feast Your Eyes pick on Wednesday 7th.
Tickets for the IFI French Film Festival are now on sale from www.ifi.ie/frenchfest, with special multi-film passes (5 films for €45, 10 films for €80) available directly from the IFI Box Office. Tickets for all other special events are on sale now from the IFI Box Office on (01) 6793477 and from www.ifi.ie. For further information and high-res images, please contact Aisling O’Halloran ([email protected]) at the IFI Press Office – 01-6795744.
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