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Sasha Brady

Published 28/01/2016 | 15:23

Richard Gere
Richard Gere
Angela Lansbury with the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress

Angela Lansbury and Richard Gere are some of the famous names who will attend the star-studded Dublin International Film Festival in February.

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The Audi Dublin International Film Festival launched an impressive 14 programme today, featuring over 80 films from 27 countries, that will welcome over 40 guests to the capital over this 11 day celebration of film.

The popular festival will open on Thursday, February 18 with the European premiere of highly-anticipated Irish movie Sing Street, attended by director John Carney and cast members Jack Reynor, Ferdia Walsh Peelo and Lucy Boynton, and closes with director Paddy Breathnach’s stunning Viva.

Humanitarian and screen icon Richard Gere will attend the Arnotts Gala screening of Time Out of Mind, joining a host of famous faces, including legendary acting talents Dame Angela Lansbury and Claudia Cardinale, who will attend the Italian Gala, with Peroni Nastro Azzuro.

Actresses Kelly Thornton (Left) and Nika McGuigan with Film Director Damien O Donnell at the Programme launch for The Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Actresses Kelly Thornton (Left) and Nika McGuigan with Film Director Damien O Donnell at the Programme launch for The Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Acclaimed director Rebecca Miller, wife of Daniel Day Lewis, will also be at the event as she promotes her comedy Maggie's Plan.

Director Ben Wheatley, will be in attendance for the screening of his JG Ballard adaptation High Rise, as well as Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier with Louder than Bombs and Neil Jordan for the 20th anniversay celebration of Michael Collins.

Actresses Kelly Thornton (Left) and Nika McGuigan with Film Director Damien O Donnell at the Programme launch for The Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Actresses Kelly Thornton (Left) and Nika McGuigan with Film Director Damien O Donnell at the Programme launch for The Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Picture: Brian McEvoy

 Speaking at the Programme Launch, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said:

“This year’s Festival is a Valentine to Cinema, celebrating world and Irish film, and championing the work of both established and emerging talent.

Actresses Kelly Thornton. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Actresses Kelly Thornton. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"With a guest list that includes Richard Gere, Angela Lansbury, Claudia Cardinale, David Hare, Ben Wheatley, Serge Bromberg, Joachim Trier, Margarethe Von Trotta, Rebecca Miller and many, many more. It’s a programme to savour and I hope that our audiences find much to enjoy and love.”

The Festival will also cater to young cinema goers with its Fantastic Flicks season of family films, featuring classics such as Beauty and the Beast, exciting studio animations Kung Fu Panda 3 and Zootropolis; the hilarious live action Antboy films from Denmark; Norwegian drama Brothers and Simon Fitzmaurice’s life-affirming My Name is Emily.

Actresses Kelly Thornton and Nika McGuigan. Picture Brian McEvoy
Actresses Kelly Thornton and Nika McGuigan. Picture Brian McEvoy
Film Director Damien O Donnell with actresses Nika McGuigan and Kelly Thornton at the Programme launch for The Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Film Director Damien O Donnell with actresses Nika McGuigan and Kelly Thornton at the Programme launch for The Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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