Irish Film Institute & National Gallery of Art Washington
Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. IFI exhibits the finest in independent, Irish and international cinema; preserves Ireland’s moving image heritage at the Irish Film Archive, and encourages engagement with film through a variety of educational programmes.
The National Gallery of Art (est 1937) boasts one of the finest art collections in the world. The Film Department (an Associate of FIAF (the International Federation of Film Archives) delivers ongoing program of classic cinema, documentary, avant-garde, and film premieres free of charge to the public.
This Other Eden: Ireland and Film
The Film Programme, develops themes explored in the recent programmes at Museum of Modern Art (curated by Gabriel Byrne) and the Hidden Ireland Programme at New York Public Library.
This Other Eden : Ireland on Film brings together an array of fiction, documentary, and ethnographic material crafted by Irish filmmakers and assorted outsiders. This Other Eden attempts to shed light on the intriguing and often subtle relationships between story-telling and reality, fable and fact. Beginning with a dose of American Will Rogers’s humor as he stops off in Dublin in 1927, and ending with a presentation of new film on “father of the documentary” Robert Flaherty, the series travels to remote locations throughout Ireland examining facets of Irish literature, history, mythology, emigration, and even religion from a multitude of perspectives. A programme highlight will be the presentation of the silent Aran of the Saints (1932) with a new musical score devised and performed by Aran musicians MacDara O Chonaola, Caitríona Ní Almhain; Mícheál Ó hAlmhain and Deirdre Ni Chonghaile.
The programme screens at weekends over a five week period.
Locations & Dates
Film Department, National Gallery of Art, 4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565