Monday 26 June 2017

Lights, camera, action as Dublin International Film Festival kicks off

Actors Ferdia Walsh Peelo and Lucy Boynton at the opening gala screening of ‘Sing Street’ at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Actors Ferdia Walsh Peelo and Lucy Boynton at the opening gala screening of ‘Sing Street’ at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Photo: Brian McEvoy
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The curtain rose on the Audi Dublin International Film Festival last night.

Now in its fourteenth year, the festival opened with a screening of John Carney's 'Sing Street', starring Jack Reynor and Aidan Gillen.

Actors Don Wycherley, Kelly Thornton and Liam Cunningham all sauntered up the red carpet at Dublin's Savoy, occasionally pausing to sign autograph books.

Over 80 films from 27 countries will be screened in the coming days, with some famous faces touching down in Dublin.

Angela Lansbury and Richard Gere will receive the prestigious Volta Award.

The awards are named after the Volta Picture Theatre on Mary Street in Dublin, which was opened on December 20, 1909, by James Joyce.

Festival Director Grainne Humphreys has described the theme of this year's festival as a "love letter to cinema".

The film festival closes on Sunday, February 28, with the Irish premiere of Paddy Breathnach's Oscar-short-listed Spanish-language drama 'Viva'.

Irish Independent

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