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Written by Casey Hynes.

This April, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) presents a selection of Irish and international new releases, including Godland, Pray for Our Sinners, and Little Richard: I Am Everything. The IFI is delighted to showcase a retrospective dedicated to Italian auteur Federico Fellini, screening in-cinema from Tuesday 4th to Sunday 30th.

From Friday 7th, Hlynur Pálmason’s stark, beautiful Godland and Andrew Legge’s debut feature Lola screen in IFI Cinemas. April’s Archive at Lunchtime programmeIngenious Inventions, showcasing the short filmic work of Legge, screens for free at lunchtimes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Screening from Friday 14th are Irish detective drama Barber, starring Aiden Gillen; One Fine Morning, a semi-autobiographical story from director Mia Hansen-Løve; and a new 4K restoration of Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull.

Coming to IFI Cinemas from Friday 21st are murder-mystery Cairo Conspiracy, following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival; Sinéad O’Shea’s powerful new documentary Pray for Our Sinners; and Kristoffer Borgli’s pitch-black comedy Sick of Myself. From Friday 28th, Ciaran Creagh’s chilling recreation, Ann; new music documentary Little Richard: I Am Everything; and IFI French Film Festival highlight Love According to Dalva screen in IFI Cinemas.

From Tuesday 4th, the IFI is delighted to showcase the works of director Federico Fellini, one of Italy’s most popular and groundbreaking filmmakers. Fellini’s body of work is one that remains hugely influential, his name even becoming an adjective for describing a certain style of filmmaking. The retrospective will include titles such as La Dolce Vita8 1/2 and City of Women. Tickets are on sale now on the IFI website, with multi-film passes available from the IFI Box Office.

From Friday March 31st and throughout April, the IFI is delighted to be presenting a series of screenings of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy, with all three films screening in newly restored 4K resolution. The IFI will present a special screening of Joe Massot’s legendary concert film Dance Craze, presented in a new 4K restoration on Saturday 8th. Béla Tarr’s seven-hour-plus epic Sátántangó, a monumental achievement that more than justifies its exalted reputation, will screen at the IFI on Sunday 30th. 

On Wednesday 19th, the IFI is delighted to screen The Sun Gives Without Asking, a programme of short films presented by aemi and curated by artist Sean Lynch, featuring work by Dan Graham, Paul Gregg & Annette Clancy, Magdalena Jitrik, Amanda Rice, and Jorge Satorre, alongside excerpts of Lynch’s own ongoing video project What Is An Apparatus?

The Bigger Picture strand this month will present a screening of The King of Comedy on Tuesday 25th, introduced by creative consultant Anthony Remedy. From The Vaults in April will present a screening of Piers Haggard’s Wedding Night (I Can’t, I Can’t) on Wednesday 26th.

On Wednesday 19th, the IFI will screen Never Forget Tibet, which tells the secret story of the Dalai Lama’s journey into exile told in his own words for the first time on film, followed by a Q&A with director Jean-Paul Mertinez. The Mystery Matinee on Sunday 23rd offers audiences the chance to see a surprise film, new or old, for only €6. 

IFI Spotlight returns this year on Wednesday 26th for its 11th edition, providing a forum for new critical perspectives on the landscape from film and TV practitioners, funders, academics and others. This month’s Irish Focus strand presents Unsinkable, a documentary following one man’s attempt to swim the 500-kilometre length of Ireland from Antrim to Waterford, screening in-cinema on Thursday 27th, followed by a Q&A with co-director and subject Alan Corcoran.

This month, Wild Strawberries, the monthly film club for over 55s, offers screenings of Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris on Wednesday 26th (Open Captioned) and Friday 28th. April’s IFI Family presents a screening of English-dubbed animation Dreambuilders on Sunday 23rd, with special family and child ticket pricing available. On Saturday 29th, the IFI is delighted to present a smartphone filmmaking workshop with the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival.

From Friday 28th, the IFI is delighted to present a month-long season highlighting the work of director Werner Herzog, particularly his extraordinary work as a pioneer of the New German Cinema movement of the 1970s. Titles will be available exclusively to IFI audiences nationwide through the IFI@Home platform.

Tickets for new releases and special events are on sale from the IFI Box Office on (01) 6793477 and from www.ifi.ie, as per the IFI’s Weekly Schedule. Online rentals from IFI@Home are available at www.ifihome.ie.