Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Conference. Professor David Singleton from Trinity College Dublin will explore with us the great variety of circumstances which may lead to bilingualism / multilingualism in the modern world, noting the role of the language of parents, of the larger
community and of the school. Then he will address a series of questions discussed by researchers in this field: Is the acquisition slower than that of unilingual acquisition? Does it occur in a more or less equal way? Do the different aspects of the languages acquired by a bilingual have a distinct rhythm of development in each of the languages in question?

The lecture is in French and followed by a reception to continue the discussion.

Saturday 28 November 2.30pm
Admission Free - Teachers and parents especially welcome.



Norman Mailer has stated that boxing is a metaphor for life. Investment of time and energy in a tradition like boxing can be explained through the desire to achieve stability in a rapidly changing world. It may also engender a yearning for a more vital existence and a longing for authenticity. In this photographic work, Mandy O'Neill uses the world of the amateur boxer to explore such ideas and to examine aspects of the human condition.

These images were taken over a two-year period at St Saviours Boxing club, Dorset St in Dublin.

Mandy O'Neill is a Visual Artist based in Dublin. She graduated with a BA in Photography from the DIT College of Photography in 2005. She has recently exhibited at ‘RUA RED’ Dublin 2009 and the RHA Dublin 2009.

27 November - 6 February 2010
Thursday 26 November at 6.30pm - Admission free



New partnership! The new French Film Club at the IFI will kick off with the screening of Bellamy. It comes as something of surprise to realise that this low-key thriller marks the first occasion when Claude Chabrol and Gérard Depardieu worked together. In a role Chabrol created specifically for the actor, Depardieu stars as Paul Bellamy, a police inspector spending the summer with his wife (Marie Bunel) in Southern France.

Monday 23 November at 8.30pm
Presentation and Q&A by Dr Laurent Marie (UCD)

Registration for the French Film Club is open to all, and both IFI and Alliance Francaise members will benefit from a special discounted ticket price of €7 on Film Club nights.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009


This year’s IFI French Film Festival 2009 will start with the latest film from Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Amelie), MICMACS, an absolutely wonderful comedy-satire surely destined to be one of the biggest French films of 2010, before closing on the 29th November with Around A Small Mountain, the latest film from legend of the French New Wave, Jacques Rivette - an appropriate way to end things in this the 50th anniversary of the movement.

We’ll be taking a retrospective look at the work of comedy genius Jacques Tati, with a 70mm screening of PlayTime; a programme of short films; a digitally restored version of Mr Hulot’s Holidays; and a fascinating new documentary looking at his life and career. Followed by a panel discussion looking at the legacy of Jacques Tati.

Fans of documentary should take a look at Michel Gondry’s delicate, touching film examining the life of his aunt, The Thorn In My Heart, and Serge Bromberg’s stunning Henri-George Clouzot’s Inferno, a brilliant examination of Clouzot’s legendary unfinished film featuring newly discovered footage.

Irish Premieres of work will included: Claude Chabrol, André Téchiné, Christophe Honoré, Jacques Audiard and Benoît Jacquot to name but a few.

Thursday 19 - Sunday 29 November 2009
Full programme available here

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


Come and celebrate the long-awaited arrival of this year Beaujolais Nouveau with friends and colleagues and, in the company of an expert, discover other vintage wines from this lovely region of France (Brouilly, Juliénas, Moulin à Vent, Fleurie …) in the setting of a festive evening with music, a magician and local food products (cheese, paté, saucisson...) to accompany the wine tasting!
We are also honoured to welcome H.E. Roé d’Albert, Ambassador of France in Ireland, to this event.

Presented by The Alliance Française in partnership with the
Ireland France Chamber of Commerce, with the support of La Rousse Foods, Perrier and Domaine Manoir du Carra.

Thursday 19 November - 7pm
AF & IFCC members €40 per person (€65 per couple) / Non-members €5


While touring in France, Rex and Saskia stop for a break at a service station. Saskia vanishes leaving no clues. Three years later Rex begins to receive taunting postcards from Saskia’s supposed abductor... Swiss director George Sluizer’s L’Homme qui voulait savoir, based on the novel The Golden Egg by Tim Krabbe, is regarded as one of the best suspense thriller.

Thursday 12 November
French/Dutch version with English subtitles, 107 min.

Information and booking:
Admission Free. Seats are limited to 15 and restricted to Members.