Valentines Day at the Irish Film Institute
The Royal Irish Academy are feeling the love this Valentine's Day with a number of special screenings on February 14th
To fit the theme of love, the IFI will screen Bound. The story follows two lovers Violet (Jennifer Tilly) and Corky (Gina Gershon) who create a plan to rob two million dollars from Caesar (Joe Pantoliano), a mafia money launderer. The movie was praised for its undoubted style and portrayal of gay female characters.
Andrew Haigh's film, Weekend, concentrates on Russell who is looking for love and Glen, who recently experienced heartbreak over the course of one weekend. When it was released in 2011, Weekend introduced a new exciting voice into the LGBT landscape of Britain.
From the Vaults: A Love Divided
The dramatic story of the marriage between Seán Cloney, a Catholic and his wife Sheila, a Protestant in 1950's Ireland features in the special screenings at the IFI for Valentine's Day. A Love Divided, a Sydney Macartney film shows great performances from Orla Brady who will be in attendance at the screening, and Liam Cunningham.
The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro's, The Shape of Water is leading this year's Oscar race with 13 nominations and opens on Valentine's Day at the IFI. Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins plays Elisa at the centre of a romantic fairytale who suffers from acute loneliness. When the corporation requires an asset, in the form of an amphibian humanoid, she is drawn to the creature who is guarded by Strickland (Michael Shannon), and falls in love. They search for a way to be together.
Not only are the IFI showing special screenings, but their Café Bar is also offering a Valentine's Day menu for couples. Greeted on arrival with a glass of prosecco, they will then get to enjoy a two-course dinner followed by a Valentine cupcake all for just €50. To see the full menu, click here.