Your chance to see what the IFI has to offer with a whole day of FREE screenings at IFI OPEN DAY on Sat 15thJune including previews of The Bling Ring and Paris-Manhattan.

The massively popular IFI Open Day returns on Saturday 15th of June with a whole day of completely FREE film screenings that includes sneak previews of Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, a true-story celebrity crime drama featuring Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga and Leslie Mann and Sophie Lellouche’s charming debut film Paris-Manhattan, a warm and witty French tribute to Woody Allen.

Alongside these special previews there’s also a great collection of classic favourites including Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II (1974); the unforgettable film debut from Natalie Portman alongside Jean Reno as the eponymous hit-man in Léon (1994); one of the classic early incarnations of favourite cult-movie-monster Godzilla (1954); and one of Japanese master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s acknowledged masterpieces, a perceptual maze of feudal-era suspense and mystery in Rashomon (1950).

Alongside the better-known classics, IFI Open Day always brings some rarely-seen gems coming back to the big screen. Charles Burnett’s seminal classic of African-American cinema, Killer of Sheep (1977), has been compared to Italian Neorealism and was made for less than $10,000. Very few have seen Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war feature debut Fear and Desire on the big screen, but it’s full of promise of what was to come and a must-see for his fans.There’s a chance to see footage from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration and, in particular, preparations on Ross Island for Captain Scott’s doomed expedition to the South Pole in Herbert Ponting’s The Great White Silence (1924). Another rarely-seen classic and one for the whole family, is IFI Family’s selection The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953) – the only feature film that Dr. Seuss ever wrote.

There will also be a chance to vote for a screening of another favourite from the past year in the poll for this year’s Audience Choice screening. The shortlist of 10 films – all released at the IFI since the last IFI Open Day – has been collated from a poll of members of the IFI staff – but the public will decide whose selection will triumph. Audiences can vote for their favourite at www.ifi.ie where they will also find IFI staff members’ championing their own choices.

Tickets for all films will be distributed IN PERSON ONLY at 11am on June 15th at the IFI. Tickets will not be available online or by phone. There is a maximum of four tickets per-person-queuing, strictly allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

The full IFI OPEN DAY schedule will be available from Friday 7th June at www.ifi.ie




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