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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 5, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    Free free free!

    Fiona McCann

    In case you’d forgotten, what with all the social activity about these days, tomorrow is Open Day at the Irish Film Institute which means it’s free – FREE! – in to every film all day. The open day screenings kick off with Ponyo, an animated story of a fish-girl by Hayao Miyazaki, he of Spirited Away fame. Also on offer is the much-touted Crazy Heart, which has already earned its two stars, Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Oscar nominations this year, and Tom Ford’s film debut A Single Man. The open day film finale is a screening of The Lives of Others, which topped the IFI’s online poll for the People’s Choice Awards, in which eighteen hit films – one from each year the IFI has been open – competed. Full, recession-busting schedule below, while tickets are allocated on the day for those who show up from 11 a.m. onwards.

    Open Day screenings: full schedule

    12.30 Ponyo – fish-girl animation, along the lines of a de-Disneyfied Little Mermaid
    12.50  Ballroom of Romance – Brenda Fricker and Mick Lally star in this big screen version of a William Trevor story
    1.15    IFI Irish Film Archive Screening 1: Colm O Laoghaire Shorts
    2.15    Ghost World   (+ optional Teen Animation Workshop) – graphic-novel inspired film with a young Scarlett Johansson.
    2.30    2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick on the big screen.
    3.00     Eamon - debut feature film from Irish director Margaret Corkery
    4.30     My Night with Maud – Éric Rohmer classic from 1969
    5.00    IFI Irish Film Archive Screening 2: Welcome to the Emerald Isle: A Selection of Travel Films
    5.10     Bringing Up Baby – 1930s screwball comedy with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant
    6.30     Make Way for Tomorrow (16mm)
    6.50     Grizzly Man – 2005 Herzog documentary about the life and death of a bear enthusiast
    7.10     Crazy Heart
    8.50     A Single Man
    9.20     The Lives of Others

    • Catherine says:

      Good lineup, damn rugby match being on at 2.30 though, grr

    • Fiona says:

      Catherine: I hear you. I was even planning on going to the match, which puts paid to Kubrick – might be back for the evening line-up, though.

    • kynos says:

      “Spirited Away” is possibly the most beautiful, magical animated film I’ve ever seen. “Ponyo” looks gorgeous. I’ll find a stray kid or two of mine to take along as the excuse to go and see it presently. Thanks for the heads-up!

    • anya says:

      Ponyo is absolutely brilliantly heartwarmingly sweet and strong

    • Kyle says:

      Darn, though I’ve seen it several times at the cinema I’d still love to see 2001 again on the big screen. If only I were in Ireland.

    • Sean Brody says:

      Insane queuing there yesterday.
      Got to see Bringing Up Baby and A Single Man.

      Props to the staff. They were good-humoured and helpful for the entire duration of a long and busy day.

      I hope Open Day becomes a regular on the schedule. Seeing great films with an appreciative crowd is a huge pleasure.

      Sean B

    • 3quarters says:

      Any chance you might comment on the cuts that have devestated the theatre sector?

    • Fiona says:

      Kynos: Did you see Ponyo in the end? didn’t make it myself, so would love to hear all about it.

      Kyle: If you’re anywhere sunny, I have little sympathy.

      Sean B: I know, the place was jammers. But agreed that the staff did a great job on a very, very tiring day for them all. It was great to be somewhere so abuzz with the thrill of cinema, too. Really enjoyed it.

      3quarters: There’s a whole nother post in that, I think.

    • patrick hegarty says:

      This country does’nt need any more clowns with guitars or posers calling themselves artists nor liars calling themselves actors or fakers writing while watching tv.ART is charm nothing more.

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