IFI Documentary Festival Opens Tonight in Dublin’s Temple Bar

The Irish Film Institute’s annual documentary film festival kicks off tonight, showcasing 15 features (seven of which are Irish premieres), between September 26-30.

The event opens with Minding the Gap, a début that follows the lives of three young men, including director Bing Liu, as they go from carefree skateboarders to responsible adults in the economically deprived town of Rockford, Illinois.

Meanwhile, international guests whose movies are screening are scheduled to appear at the festival. These include Steven Eastwood, director of Island which examines the final year in the life of four patients in the Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight; Almudena Carracedo, co-director of closing film and Sheffield Doc/Fest Grand Jury Prize winner The Silence of Others, about the battle to overturn a 1977 law that whitewashed the Franco regime’s crimes against the people of Spain; and Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, director of A Woman Captured which focuses on a Hungarian woman trapped in domestic servitude.

Irish highlights of the festival will include the world premiere of Marcus Robinson’s An Engineer Imagines, alongside Anna Frances Ewert’s Lovers of the Night, and sold-out screenings of Ross Whitaker’s Katie Taylor boxing biopic Katie and Frank Shouldice’s The Man Who Wanted to Fly.

Other Irish documentaries to screen include Brian Hill and Niamh Kennedy’s The Life After, Brian Lally’s The Curious Works of Roger Doyle, Tom Burke’s Losing Alaska, and Keith Walsh’s When All Is Ruin Once Again. Saturday afternoon will see the return of the ever-popular programme of Irish Shorts, supported by Screen Scene, featuring new work from Jamie Goldrick, Hugh Rodgers, Paul Power, Mia Mullarkey, Sean Mullan, Luke Brabazon, Paddy Cahill and Maurice O’Brien.

Friday lunchtime will see a panel discussion in association with Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) examining the current state of documentary filmmaking in Ireland, with contributors including Ciarán Kissane of the BAI, James Hickey of Screen Ireland, Sean Mac Giolla Phadraig of RTÉ Factual, Siobhán Ward from Crossing the Line Films, Cormac Hargaden of Loose Horse (The Man Who Wanted to Fly), and Loren Syer Willoughby from Off the Fence Distribution. The event will be hosted by Laura Slattery of The Irish Times.

Individual screening tickets are €11, excluding the opening film which includes a post-show reception (€15). A special ticket package is available in person only from the IFI Box Office: 5 films for €45. Tickets for the Documentary Filmmaking Panel Discussion cost €5.

Further details can be found on the IFI website.

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