Jameson Dublin International Film Festival programme launched
A host of Irish and international stars including Russell Crowe, Jack Reynor, Robbie Sheehan, Kim Cattral and Julie Andrews will fly in for this year's Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
The ten day festival kicks off on March 19 and the diverse programme of films from 38 countries was launched Wednesday morning with Jack Reynor and his Glassland director Gerard Barrett in attendance.
Now in its 13th year, the festival celebrates the best in movies with over 130 films on the programme and 60 Irish and international guests. Also visiting this year are Danny Huston, Orla Brady, Vincent Perez, and Jan Harlan.
Three actor-turned-directors will be presenting their films: Kenneth Branagh will screen his fairytale masterpiece Cinderella; Alan Rickman will showcase his picturesque period film A Little Chaos and Russell Crowe will be back in Dublin for his directorial debut The Water Diviner.
Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director, says, “This year’s festival will again celebrate the best of contemporary world cinema, bringing the work of both the established and emerging filmmakers to Dublin over 11 glittering days and nights.
"It’s going to be a very special year - we have a dazzling array of films and a guest list which has taken years to assemble. This festival belongs to our audiences who come in such great numbers, we have expanded the programme to accommodate new venues and screenings, each year we relish the challenge to excite, educate and entertain the best cinema audiences in the world."
Kenneth Branagh and Julie Andrews will both be honoured with a Volta, an award created to celebrate individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film. The awards are named after the Volta Picture Theatre, Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, established by James Joyce.
Opening the Festival this year is Mary McGuckian’s depiction of Irish designer Eileen Gray The Price Of Desire, with Orla Brady and Vincent Perez in attendence for the screening.
Julie Andrews will be in Dublin to close the Festival in cinematic fashion with one of her greatest films The Sound Of Music.
Legendary actor Ryan O’Neal, best known for his roles as the preppie Oliver in Love Story and star of the critically acclaimed Paper Moon and noir hit The Driver, will also attend.
The Festival will celebrate his talent with his collaboration with Barbara Striesand in the screwball comedy What’s Up Doc?.The tribute will be concluded with a special in conversation with O’Neal hosted by Director Gráinne Humphreys.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece Barry Lyndon and to celebrate this special anniversary, titular star Ryan O’Neal will be joined by producer Jan Harlan at an un-missable screening of this epic period adventure in the Savoy Cinema on Saturday March 21st.
In December, organisers of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival announced that this year would be Jameson’s final year as title sponsor.
Jameson began sponsorship in 2003, which initially ran for four years, but continued to 13 due to its huge success.
The festival has hosted over 500 major guests including Irish stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Day Lewis, Cillian Murphy and international names including Mark Wahlberg, Al Pacino, and Glenn Close.
However, the festival, which is funded by the Arts Council and The Irish Film Board, will be working with a new sponsor in 2016.
For more information on tickets and the programme of films and events from March 19-29 check out www.jdiff.com