Tuesday 23 January 2018

Hollywood stars Danny DeVito, Joss Whedon and Gabriel Byrne to attend Dublin International Film Festival

AN array of Hollywood stars both in front and behind the camera are to attend next month's Dublin International Festival.

The 11th edition of the festival, which takes place from 14 to 24 February, will feature acting legends such as Danny DeVito, Tim Roth, Gabriel Byrne and Frank Langella, alongside directing powerhouses, Olivier Assayas, Costa-Gavras and Joss Whedon.

The event is to feature more than 130 feature films, and was launched today by young Irish actors Killian Scott and Kelly Campbell, who will both feature in films screening at the festival – Black Ice and The Good Man.

Speaking at the launch, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said: “The year long search for the most original voices in contemporary cinema will finally be unveiled next month. It’s a festival jam packed with screenings, workshops and masterclasses, and I am genuinely humbled by the guests who will join us: Olivier Assayas, Costa-Gavras, Danny DeVito, Joss Whedon, Margery Simkin and Frank Langella, it is a honour to welcome them and the rest of our cast list to Dublin.”

Festival organisers said it will bring unexpected stories to audiences throughout the 11 days.

"Iconic actor Tim Roth will showcase his gentle side at the opening gala, a screening of compelling family drama Broken, directed by Rufus Norris and written by Irish screenwriter Mark O’Rowe, both of whom will attend the screening along with Roth," they said in a statement.

"Creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and director of Avengers Assemble Joss Whedon will mix the modern and classic with a retelling of the Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing; and Frank Langella will transform from Nixon (after his iconic role in 2008’s Frost/Nixon), to a retired burglar in Robot & Frank!

The programme will feature award winning films from across the world, including Kim Ki-duk’s Venice winning Pieta, Taviani Brother’s Berlinale winner Caesar Must Die, Foreign language Oscar nominee Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu) and Rob Savage’s Raindance winning first feature Strings.

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