The Paulaner German Film Festival at the IFI from December

The Paulaner German Film Festival returns to the IFI with a programme of German films of 2008. Admired for its edgy, uncompromising narratives and political bite, the German film industry is going from strength to strength. A number of major international successes in recent year’s (Downfall, Lives of Others, Goodbye Lenin) have firmly re-established German film as a major player in World Cinema. This year’s festival has a great selection of the domestic successes of 2008 all competing to be the next international sensation.

The festival opens with Chiko, produced by Faith Akin, who shot to international fame by documenting the Turkish German experience in Head-On and The Edge of Heaven and directed by the Özgür Yilridim. The film follows Chiko’s attempts to break in to the lucrative drug trade.

IFI Programmer Pete Walsh launched the programme saying, ‘Things to watch out for include major works by such established directors as Doris Dörrie (Cherry Blossoms — Hanami), Veit Helmer (Absurdistan) and Emily Atef (The Stranger in Me). Equally impressive is new work by relatively unknown talents, including A Hero’s Welcome by Brigitte Bertele’.

More hard-hitting tales of street life can be found in Drifter while Germany’s continuing struggle to come to terms with immigration is teased out in rich-girl-poor-girl story Beautiful Bitch. You can find a more unconventional take on the immigration theme in Machan, a comedy-drama based on the real life ‘inexplicable’ disappearance of the Sri Lankan ‘National Handball Team’.

The Paulaner German Film Festival wouldn’t be the same without a touch of the more eccentric German fold traditions and this year is no exception with Echoes of Home which documents the world of experimental yodelling. Also on the mountains is North Face, a thrills and spills mountain adventure on the Eiger set just before the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

In all there are 16 features to choose from and VIPs are expected to fly in for the occasion. Susanne Wolf, the up-and-coming star of The Stranger In Me, that premiered to great acclaim this year at Cannes, will be in making a guest appearance at the screening.

The Paulaner German Film Festival is supported by the Goethe Institute Ireland.

Full programme and tickets are available through the IFI website or by calling the Box Office on 01 679 3477.

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David Farrell’s Documentary Elusive Moments to Screen at IFI

David Farrell is one of Ireland’s leading photographers working today and the only Irish person to have won the European Publishers Award for Photography. He is best known for his hugely successful exhibition Innocent Landscapes, dealing with the searches for the so-called ‘disappeared’ from the conflict in the North of Ireland.

Director Donald Taylor Black’s film documents two years in the working life of Farrell and was shot in Dublin, Wicklow, Cobh, Paris, and Lugo in northern Italy. Filmmaker Donald Taylor Black’s work includes films about the arts such as At the Cinema Palace – Liam O’Leary and observational documentaries such as The Joy. He is currently Creative Director of the National Film School.

David Farrell’s Elusive Moments will be screened on Sunday 23rd November at 1 pm. Both Donald Taylor Black and David Farrell will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

Tickets can be booked through www.ifi.ie and by telephone on 01 679 3477.

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Frank Sinatra Season at the IFI

This November the IFI is screening a season of the best movies from Frank Sinatra’s prolific acting career and hosting an illustrated talk to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his death. The season highlights his versatility as an actor, spanning upbeat musicals, serious drama, and classic thrillers.

Highlights of the season include On the Town, a breezy MGM musical from the late 1940s; Guys and Dolls, that saw Sinatra team up with Marlon Brando; a groundbreaking study of addiction in The Man with the Golden Arm; an exposé of small time hypocrisy in Some Came Running and one of the Cold-War era’s best political thrillers, The Manchurian Candidate.

Chief Executive of Film London Adrian Wootton, who programmed the event, will be presenting Celluloid Sinatra: An Illustrated Talk at 6.30 pm on November 24th. A serious Sinatra aficionado, Wootton gives an account of Ol’ Blue Eye’s life using slides, film clips and audio extracts. This is a must-see event for Sinatra fans and is sure to sell-out quickly.

To book tickets please visit www.irishfilm.ie or phone 01 679 3477.

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Horrorthon Line-up Announced

The full line-up for this year ’s Horrorthon festival has been announced. The festival will take place from 23–27 October in the IFI, and features premiers of, among others, Martyrs, Saw V, Quarantine, and Ghostwood, the new feature from young Irish director Justion O’Brien, while classic screenings will include Evil Dead 2, The Hunger, and Child’s Play.

For more information, see the Horrorthon programme, available soon at the IFI or on the website at www.ifi.com

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Documentary Chippers to Screen at the IFI

The Filmbase documentary Chippers is to premiere on Saturday 27th September at 12 am, at the IFI as part of the Stranger Than Fiction festival. Nino Tropiano’s hour-long documentary made its Italian premiere at the Hai Visto Mai documentary festival in Siena, where it was awarded a Special Mention.

Chippers tells the story of Dublin’s well-established community of four thousand Italians who have owned chip shops in the city since the 1900s. Five different families tell their stories and offer insight into the experience of how a small community has preserved their cultural identity and link with their country of origins, while at the same time seamlessly assimilating into their host country.

This film features archive footage of the city of Dublin and extracts of short documentaries sourced from the Irish Film Archive and from Istituto Luce (Italy). It is a nostalgic, melancholic and at times funny portrait of the early struggle and integration of this unique community.

The film was initially funded through the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Award scheme with additional funding by the Irish Film Board.

To book tickets, please go to www.ifi.ie

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Ukranian Film Festival at the IFI

Irish audiences are to be given a sample of Ukrainian cinema with a week-long festival presented by the Irish Film Institute and the Embassy of the Ukraine in Ireland. The Festival will take place 19–25 September in the IFI.

The Ukraine has been tipped to be the next Eastern European international success story after the explosion of interest in Romanian cinema. The festival will be presenting some earlier work (the 1960s ‘Poetic Cinema’) but will also showcase the new generation such as Oles Sanin (Mamay) and Roman Balayan (Birds of Paradise).

The festival will open on Friday 19th attended by Hanna Chmil, Head of the State Cinema Unit and the makers of the opening film, Awesome Tale, Olena Fetisova and Roman Shyrman, who will take part in a Q&A session following the film’s screening.

For further information, please click go to www.irishfilm.ie/cinema/season2_07.asp?SID=156

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Premiere of Electric Picnic '06: The Documentary

Electric Picnin ’06: The Documentary, presented by POD Concerts and Aiken Promotions and directed by Nick Ryan, will premiere on Thursday 23rd August, 10.30 pm at the IFI.

Songs covered in full form the backbone of the film, but it is also a ‘people-watching extravaganza,’ which features live performances from Davendra Bernhart, New Order, Alabama 3, Broken Social Scene and Basement Jaxx.

Tickets are limited, to book tickets please visit the IFI website.

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Veteran Actor David Kelly at the IFI

The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is to hold an intimate evening ‘In Conversation’ with veteran Irish actor David Kelly at the IFI on Sunday, 17 August.

Academy members and attending special guests will have the opportunity to be part of a conversation with one of Ireland’s most popular and respected actors of the stage and screen.

In 2005, David Kelly was the recipient of the IFTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to him by co-star and friend Colm Meaney, with director Tim Burton, Irish actors Colin Farrell and Milo O’Shea and co-star Johnny Depp among those paying tribute to the 79-year-old actor.

With a career that spans over six decades, David Kelly’s feature film credits include Stardust, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Waking Ned and Into the West, while his television appearances include roles in Strumpet City, Fawlty Towers, Robin’s Nest and Glenroe. David’s latest work has been on Spanish thriller The Kovak Box alongside Oscar-winning® actor Timothy Hutton.

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