Euro-paeans: Celebrating Ireland and Europe in Film

Europe Direct
Event Information

Date: 17 Dec 2013
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Europe Direct Centre: Mallow Library
Location: Event Centre

Event Description

In celebration of Ireland’s Presidency of the EU earlier this year, IFI National is proud to present a programme of short films exploring impressions of Ireland and Europe in collections at the IFI Irish Film Archive. At a time when our relationship with Europe will be at the forefront of local debate, we hope this programme will further spark discussion on our relationship with Europe in the past, present and future.

 

Films of Les Frères Lumière
The first films made in Ireland (and indeed the first films made in many other European countries) were produced by agents of the pioneering French company Les Frères Lumière.This selection of actualities, each about 50 seconds long, showslife on the streets of Dublin –O’Connell Street (then Sackville Street) and Grafton Street.
1897 • 3 minutes

Amharc Éireann (A View of Ireland)
Ireland’s fascination with Europeis seen here in this compilation of newsreel stories directed by Colm Ó Laoghaire and produced by Gael Linn for cinema exhibition in the early1960s. Stories include a Dublin exhibition of photographs of the Berlin Wall (1962); First AerLingus Winter Sunshine Flight to Malaga (1963); an exchange of French and Irish school students (1962); and a Scandinavianceremony of light (1963).
1960s • 6 minutes

Irland und seine Kinder (Children of Éire)
German travel writer Heinrich Boll was known in his home country as an authority on Ireland and this film displays his affection for it and its people,as well as his dismay at the freedoms its children enjoyed such as late bedtimes and unrestricted cinema attendance.The film was shown in Germanyand later in Ireland as part of the series “As Others See Us” where it caused great controversy at the time, even leading to one critic demanding an apology from the German government.
1961 • 44 minutes

Tribulations Irlandaises (Irish Tribulations)
A whirlwind tour of Ireland in the 1960s, this newsreel takes in all facets of Irish life. From the blessing of the Aer Lingus planes to Irish dancing in country halls,and to the Traveller community,it gives us a view into our past aswell as an insight into what French reporters found interesting about Irish life at the time.
1965 • 5 minutes

The Saints Went Marching Out
This film uses Ireland’s missionary past to frame our modern relationship with Europe, comparing our heritage of cultural influence with today’s exchange of political and economical ideas with our European neighbours.
1967 • 26 minutes

Ireland’s Presidency of the E.E.C.
Ireland as a progressive young country – with half its population under the age of 25 – is presented in this film which includes a vibrant montage of images of urban and rural life. The film was made to celebrate our Presidency of the E.E.C. in 1979.
1979 • 10 minutes

Min Irske Dagbog (My Irish Diary)
Danish documentary maker Jon Bang Carlsen captures his son’s experience as a visitor attending the village school in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare in 1996
1996. 30 minutes

The Polish School
Michael Ryan’s short film highlights the experience of the students of a Saturday school for Polish children in the grounds of the Holy Trinity National School in Mervue, Galway.
2012 • 11 Minutes