With the festive season upon us the IFI is gearing up the show a selection of IFI Festive Favourites in the month of December.

Highlights include the 1947 original Miracle on 34th Street (20th Dec  1pm & 23rd Dec 4pm) which sees Kris Kringle’s claim to be the real Santa Claus and not just the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Santa turn into an epic court case.

Also showing will be The Shop Around the Corner (21st Dec 4pm & 23rd Dec 18.15), the 1940 festive penpal story with James Stewart that inspired Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail; Éric Rohmer’s rigorous 1969 examination of fidelity and freedom, My Night With Maud (14th Dec 4pm); and Billy Wilder’s wonderfully humane The Apartment (20th Dec 4pm & 23rd Dec  6.15pm) which with its moments of melancholia and intensity that it seems inadequate to be merely described as a comedy.

Perennial favourite It’s a Wonderful Life will be back on release at the IFI from December 12th so there’ll be a chance to stock up on a dose of Frank Cappa’s 1946 tale of altruism,  banking ethics and angels. A critical and commercial disappointment on its initial release, its reputation has blossomed to the point that it is now required Christmas viewing.

Younger viewers and the young at heart will also enjoy the specially selected  IFI Family Christmas films. Suzie Templeton’s Peter and the Wolf  + Shorts Selection (Age 6+, Dec 7th 11am) gets the festive season off to a howling start. This stunning animated version of Sergei Profokiev’s classic work has become a festive favourite since it won an Academy Award in 2008 and is followed with a selection of family shorts. There’s a chance to get acquainted with a talking moose which has just crashed through the roof in A Christmoose Story (Age 8+, Dec 14th 11am) and then there’s one of the finest and most faithful adaptations of Charles Dickens ever committed to film…The Muppet Christmas Carol (Cert:G, Dec 21st 11am).

Aware that the Christmas season can stretch all pockets (especially those with the biggest hearts) the IFI are bringing back their popular SUNDAY BRUNCH + MEAL DEAL. From 12pm to 4pm, every Sunday this December, they will be offering brunch and a movie ticket for €16. You can book a table for before or after a film by calling 01 679 8712 or by asking at the bar.

Tickets for all the IFI Festive Favourites and the IFI Family Christmas are available now at the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477, or online at www.ifi.ie.

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