The Irish Film Institute will present TRUST NO ONE, a season of classic international political thrillers running from May 12th to 30th. As the 1960s drew to a close, the idealism and optimism that typified the decade soured and was replaced by an air of uncertainty and an anxious strain of political activism. Responding to these cultural and political shifts, filmmakers turned to the thriller, a genre that readily offered the opportunity to explore conspiracies, authoritarian regimes, and state corruption.

Two films from Costa-Gavras, the Oscar-winning Z and State of Siege, will screen, alongside other European classics including Fred Zinnemann’s The Day of the Jackal, Roland Gräf’s The Flight, Elio Petri’s Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, Schlondörff and von Trotta’s The Lost Honour of Katherina Blum, and Reinhard Hauff’s Knife in the Head.

May 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the student riots of 1968, an opportune moment to look back and consider how the political idealism and energy of the time went on to inform the classic paranoid thrillers that soon followed.
David O’Mahony, Head of Cinemas Programming

Two films from post-Watergate America are also included in the season: Alan J. Pakula’s The Parallax View stars Warren Beatty as a journalist who becomes embroiled with a shadowy organisation involved in the recruitment of professional hit men, while Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway headline Sydney Pollack’s tense Three Days of the Condor about a CIA researcher whose entire department is shot and killed.

The season opens with Z on May 12th and concludes with Knife in the Head on May 30th.

May 15th will see the start of FAKE VIEWS, a short selection of films curated in response to Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin’s current exhibition FAKE. The films in this season explore how filmmakers have engaged with issues around copying and fakery, and explores how faking and mimicry can be highly effective strategies for success.

Opening the season will be Abbas Kiarostami’s intriguing Certified Copy starring Juliette Binoche, while also showing will be Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost’s documentary Catfish and Teller’s Tim’s Vermeer, a fascinating look at entrepreneur Tim Jenison’s attempts to recreate an exact replica of Vermeer’s masterpiece ‘The Music Lesson’. Each of the Fake Views screenings will be preceded by an introduction by a specially invited guest.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: TRUST NO ONE

Sat 12th (16.00):                 Z

Sun 13th (16.00):                The Day of the Jackal

Wed 16th (18.15):               The Flight

Sat 19th (16.00):                 Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Sun 20th (16.00):                The Parallax View

Wed 23th (18.30):               State of Siege

Sat 26th (16.00):                 The Lost Honour of Katherina Blum

Sun 27th (16.00):                Three Days of Condor

Wed 30th (18.30):               Knife in the Head

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: FAKE VIEWS

Tues 15th (18.30):               Certified Copy, with an introduction by Ian Brunswick, Head of Programming at Science Gallery Dublin.

Sat 19th (13.30):                  Catfish, with an introduction by cyberpsychologist Nicola Fox Hamilton.

Sat 26th (13.30):                  Tim’s Vermeer, with an introduction from the National Gallery of Ireland.

Tickets for these screenings are available now at www.ifi.ie or from the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477.

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