IFI and First Fortnight Festival to Collaborate on Special January Screenings

In partnership with the First Fortnight European Mental Health Arts and Culture Festival 2019, the IFI will host four screenings throughout January, including the Irish premiere of Oscar-tipped drama Beautiful Boy.

Directed by Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown), the film focuses on the strained relationship between a father (Steve Carell, The US Office) and his drug addicted son (Call Me By Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet). Based on a true story, the novel is adapted from the memoirs of both the true life dad and his child. It will be shown Wednesday, January 9.

Also playing at the festival is Marie de Hert’s documentary Labyrinthine. Screening January 3, it tells the story of Sven who, after suffering from bipolar and schizo-affective disorders for many years, aims to control them through art, imagination and innovation.

Meanwhile, director Gabrielle Brady will take part in a Q&A following the January 15 screening of Island of Hungry Ghosts. Set on the remote Christmas Island, an Australian territory south of Indonesia, the film focuses on trauma counsellor Poh Lin. Lin works with people trying to seek asylum in Australia who have been detained in a high security detention facility, deep within the island’s jungle.

For the first time, IFI & First Fortnight will present a selection of specially curated family friendly shorts offering different stories of positive mental health through animations and live action films. Dealing with school, friendship, bereavement, starting out or learning how to be your best, organisers say: “These terrific films from different countries will leave younger visitors with a smile.”

IFI National and First Fortnight will also tour screenings of the Dardennes brothers’ acclaimed 2014 drama Two Days, One Night starring Marion Cotillard across the country from January 8. Full details of the participating venues and booking are available here.

Tickets for all other screenings are available from the IFI website.

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