Saturday 10 December 2016

Richard Gere and Angela Lansbury headline film festival

Published 29/01/2016 | 02:30

Actresses Nika McGuigan and Kelly Thornton at the launch of the festival. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Actresses Nika McGuigan and Kelly Thornton at the launch of the festival. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Eighties heart-throb Richard Gere, 'Murder She Wrote' star Angela Lansbury, and Academy Award-winning director Neil Jordan are all headlining the newly named Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

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The theme of this year's festival is a love letter to film titled 'A Valentine to Cinema'. The festival will open on February 18 with the European premiere of John Carney's 'Sing Street' and will close with Paddy Breathnach's film 'Viva'.

"Opening and closing the festival with Irish movies is really special," festival director Grainne Humphreys said. "It shows the high calibre of Irish films."

Richard Gere will attend the Arnotts Gala screening of 'Time Out of Mind' while Neil Jordan's historical epic 'Michael Collins' will be screened in the Savoy.

Now in its 14th year, more than 80 films from 27 countries will be screened over the 11 days.

The 'Dublin Here, Dublin There', will see the festival's short-film programme screened in towns in the US that share the name Dublin.

There will also be a series of masterclasses on scriptwriting.

The programme was launched by actresses Kelly Thornton and Nika McGuigan - the daughter of Barry McGuigan.

Irish Independent

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