Irish film talent 'standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Hollywood': film festival chief
With two Irish films premiering at Sundance and Fassbender and U2 tipped for an Oscar, director of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) Grainne Humphreys thinks Irish film is experiencing something of a "Renaissance."
“It really is a renaissance for Irish film,” Humphreys said.
"Irish film makers are braver now. I have been working in film in Ireland for 20 years, and when I started out there were maybe five big actors and three renowned directors; Pat O’Connor, Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan.”
“Now there are a huge number of directors making outstanding films. The quality of Irish films have increased dramatically."
“We have films opening in Sundance, there are going to be some films in Cannes, we’re nearly disappointed if we’re not nominated for an Oscar. We are standing shoulder to shoulder with Hollywood.”
“And for a small country we are annihilating better known national cinemas around the world,” she added.
"We have so many talented actors who are holding their own in Hollywood; Saoirse Ronan, Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson.”
The JDIFF will open on February 13 with a screening of John Martin McDonagh’s Calvary.
"Calvary is opening the festival and it’s going to have everyone talking,” Humphreys added.
Over 100 international guests will attend the festival including Monty Python legend Terry Gilliam, Richard Dreyfuss, John Hurt, and Richard Ayoade.
“It’s an honour and tribute to Ireland and Irish audience that people like John Hurt want to return and that people like Richard Dreyfuss can’t wait to get here.”
The Stag star Hugh O'Connor was looking forward to the Irish premiere of the film.
"We premiered the film at Toronto. But it's great to show the film back home in Ireland," he said
"I can't wait to see what Irish audiences think of it."