The Bealtaine Festival returns to the IFI, teaming up once again with the Wild Strawberries Film Club for the over 55s to present an exciting line-up of cinematic events in May. This year Bealtaine is responding to the question ‘What kind of old do you want to be?’ and the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations and a number of the selected films have characters who challenge stereotypical age expectations through relationships and life situations.
Bealtaine at the IFI kicks off with screenings of Last Chance Harvey, a charming and uplifting romance that features great performances from Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. These two free screenings launch the Bealtaine Film Tour 2012 which is presented in conjunction with Access>CINEMA.
The festival continues with Cinema Paradiso, a moving classic about cinema, nostalgia, loss and memory in an Italian village and Little Miss Sunshine, a much-loved and wickedly funny indie film that tells of an oddball family bringing seven-year-old Olive to a Californian beauty pageant.
The Liberties was a huge success when it premiered at the IFI. Documenting Dublin’s historic heart, residents from an Oscar-winning actress to the Meath Street Butcher speak fondly and spiritedly about their homeplace. The Liberties will be followed by Wild & Wonderful, a performance presented by CoisCeím Broadreach and Dublin City Council featuring an ensemble of 40 people aged 50+ in a riotous celebration of men and women in song and dance.
Bealtaine is Ireland’s unique festival, celebrating creativity as we age, and is coordinated by Age & Opportunity.
Wild Stawberries & Bealtaine 2012 Schedule
Last Chance Harvey 2nd & 4th May 11am
Cinema Paradiso 16th May 11am
The Liberties + Wild & Wonderful 25th May 11am
Little Miss Sunshine 30th May 11am
Tickets are priced at €3.85 per person except Last Chance Harvey which is FREE (seating is limited so booking essential). Booking for all screenings through the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477, online at www.ifi.ie or in person.