Barry Keoghan in Dunkirk
Barry Keoghan in Dunkirk

IFI to screen Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk in 70mm from July 21st

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) will present Christopher Nolan’s epic action thriller, Dunkirk, in glorious 70mm, beginning Friday July 21st. Nolan, an advocate for the use of celluloid, chose to film Dunkirk on large format stock, and the IFI is showing the film in one of the director’s preferred formats.

Nolan directed Dunkirk from his original screenplay, utilising IMAX and 65mm film cameras to bring the story to the screen.

Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces.  Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

The film’s ensemble cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

Dunkirk was produced by Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, with Jake Myers serving as executive producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team on Dunkirk included director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Lee Smith, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson.  The music was composed by Hans Zimmer.

Dunkirk opens in cinemas worldwide beginning July 21, and in special engagements in 70mm, 35mm and Imax film.  The film is released by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Previous 70mm screenings at the IFI have included Vertigo and 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as recent sell-out screenings of Tim Burton’s Batman, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.

Philip Kaufman’s Oscar-winning The Right Stuff will also screen in 70mm as part of our Dark Skies series on July 15th.

Dunkirk in 70mm will screen daily from Friday, July 21st.

Tickets for these exclusive Dunkirk 70mm screenings are €14 (€13 concession) and are on sale now at or by calling the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477.

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