Tuesday 24 April 2018

James Dempsey: The sun will never shine in Dublin like it does in Cannes, but this is still a festival to be proud of

brenda Fricker in Cloudburst
brenda Fricker in Cloudburst

LOOK it isn't Venice, Berlin or Cannes, but what were you expecting? Our city has considerably fewer canals, is divided socially to the north and south and not politically by east and west, and the closest we come to Cannes is t-shirts for sale on Moore St. emblazoned with Is féidir linn.

No, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival cannot hope to compete with those big three, what with their pedigree and heritage lending them a culturally significant air of class and artistry. In the history of cinema, this trio stands proudest, offering intellectual importance and critical gravity to the winners of their lions and palm trees and bears, oh my.

But ten years on, there is a genuine sense that JDIFF is finally beginning to reflect the passion and esteem the city has for cinema, as well as finding its place among the countless international festivals in search of industry validation for their stamps of approval.

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