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The intense, aggressive and expressive sport of roller derby is one that’s seen increasing popularity in recent years, with a burgeoning scene in Ireland among young women looking for an outlet. Irish roller derby is the subject of Revolutions, a documentary by Irish director Laura McGann, which was shown last year at the Galway Film Fleadh. This June, the film will have a wider release across Ireland, and the Irish Film Institute will be hosting a special opening night screening to mark the occasion.

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With a body of work in American cinema spanning over fifty years, a pair of Oscars, numerous nominations and widespread praise the world over, few actors have had a career as successful as Dustin Hoffman and this summer, the IFI offers the chance to see some of his greatest roles on the big screen once again.

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If you know where and when to look in Dublin you can find a film festival showing the finest cinema of almost any region or culture in the world. Frequently the where is the Irish Film Institute and coming soon for the when is this May, as this year the IFI will be hosting the inaugural Chinese-language Film Festival Ireland. Titled ‘Made in Taiwan‘,  the festival will be showing some a range of acclaimed Chinese-language films, including the martial arts classic A Touch of Zen and what’s more, the festival will be highlighting the work of master filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien, as well as his longtime collaborator, screenwriter Chu Tien-Wen.

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Since its inception the Silk Road International Film Festival has celebrated the art, culture and cinema of the regions that were historically part of the Silk Road trade routes. Every March, a wide range of Eurasian cinema is screened at the festival, with the aim of showcasing the different arts and cultures of these different areas and bringing diverse filmmaking to a wider audience. Now running for five years, the Silk Road International Film Festival returns this March with an interesting selection of films and international guests.

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Director: Alan Gilsenan Starring: Catherine Keener, Hannah Gross Running Time: 90 minutes


Adapting the Canadian Author Carol Shields final novel Unless for the big screen was certainly going to be a challenge. The novel, the last book written by the author before her passing from breast cancer, was a sprawling story with many layers of philosophical meditation. The novel tackles gender inequality and the realistic possibilities for women, the nature of happiness as well as identification of people’s place and purpose in time. Writer/director Alan Gilsenan does a noble job of condensing these themes into a digestible cinematic format and with Catherine Keeners raw, realistic central performance Unless feels like a film with a lot on its mind. The resulting film however is never as nuanced and profound as it thinks it is, keeping the audience at an emotional distance when it should be letting them in.

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For anyone looking to spend Valentine’s Day cuddling up and watching a movie, sure there’s always the option of some Netflix and chill, but you can also step outside the house too. Cinemas across Dublin have a range of romantic films on show to make for a special Valentine’s for Dublin’s film fans.

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To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Martin Scorsese’s classic 1976 film Taxi Driver returned to theatres for a limited run in the US last year. Starting this week, the restored film screens in Dublin, with several showings at the Light House Cinema and the IFI.

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The full programme for the 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival has been announced, with a very exciting selection of films. Seàna Kerslake, festival director Grainne Humphreys and Richard Molley, Head of Marketing and Product at Audi Ireland were on hand Wednesday morning at the Hugh Lane Gallery for a photo call for Dublin’s biggest film festival, which spans from the 16th to the 26th of February. The 15th edition since its revival in 2003, the festival’s programme was officially launched at Eden Quay’s Laughter Lounge yesterday evening. Kerslake, star of A Date For Mad Mary and one of Ireland’s fast-rising acting talents, will be on the jury this year for the ADIFF Discovery Award. Featuring eagerly anticipated films from Ireland and around the world and a number of special guests, February 2017 promises to be the most exciting time of the year for Dublin film fans, spanning righy across the screens of the city’s cinemas, including the Savoy, Light House, Cineworld and IFI.

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Lovers of French films are in for a treat this month, as the IFI are bringing a diverse selection of cinéma français to their screens for the IFI French Film Festival 2016.

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Dublin Arabic Film Festival, in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, has announced its line-up for 2016. All of the films were released in 2016 so they each offer a fresh perspective. Last year the festival screenings sold-out so there is a clear demand for the cinema of the Arabic World in Dublin. This year’s programme covers such issues as the conflict between traditional and modern values in Arabic countries,  the place of women in what are predominantly patriarchal societies and the lasting impact of the Arab Spring (a wave of protests, demonstrations and civil wars which spread through the Arab World from 2010 onwards).

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