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Preview: Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2015 – Programme Announced

March 12, 2015

FestivalsFilm + Entertainment | by Francesco Cerniglia


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The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival’s diverse and exciting 2015 programme has officially been announced by Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys. The Festival will welcome a stunning array of filmmaking talent to Dublin this March for the 13th edition of the Festival, which takes place from 19th – 29th March.

It will celebrate the best in storytelling with compelling narratives, screening over 130 films, with over 60 Irish and international guests including acting legends such as Julie Andrews, Ryan O’Neal, Danny Huston, Kim Cattrall and Vincent Perez and Irish talents such as Orla Brady, Jack Reynor and Robbie Sheehan. A collection of award winning directors will be also in attendence at the Festival.

One of the major highlights of the programme is the arrival of three talented actor-turned-directors, who will be attending the Festival: 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.

Kenneth Branagh and Julie Andrews will both be honoured with a Volta, an award created by the Festival 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 beatiful 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 (1965).

Another major highlight this year is the attendance of Hollywood acting legend Ryan O’Neal. Best known for his illustrious roles as the preppie Oliver in Love Story (1970) and star of the critically acclaimed Paper Moon (1973) and noir hit The Driver (1978). The Festival will celebrate his astonishing talent with one of his most delightful collaborations with Barbara Striesand in the screwball comedy What’s Up Doc? (1972). The tribute will be concluded with a special in conversation with O’Neal hosted by Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys.

This year also marks the 40th Anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece Barry Lyndon (1975) 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.

The Festival will bring unexpected stories to audiences throughout the 11 days. The programme features a broad and diverse range of award winning films from across the world including: new films from auteurs François Ozon (The New Girlfriend), Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria), Roy Andersson (A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence), and Wim Wenders (The Salt of The Earth). Highlights include Italian comedy I Can Quit Whenever I Want (awarded the Golden Puffin in Reykjavik International Film Festival); the beautiful German film Phoenix directed by Christian Petzold and starring Nina Hoss; Sundance Audience Award winning Etheopian film Difret and Scandanivan films which include Blind (Norway) The Salvation (Denmark), The Quiet Roar (Sweden) Silent Heart (Denmark), Something Must Break (Sweden) and When Animals Dream (Sweden). Other cinematic gems inlcude Force Majeure and A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (USA) along with Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young.

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Exciting homegrown talent will be showcased in the line up of Irish features, which will encompass directors Gerard Barrett’s Glassland, Brian O’Malley’s Let Us Prey, Pat Murphy’s Tana Bana, Ivan Kavanagh’s The Canal, Conor McMahon’s From The Dark, and Vivienne De Courcy’s Dare to be Wild. Actor Robert Sheehan will be attending the Festival for a screening of his new film The Road Within and he will participate in the Actors in Conversation event, part of this year’s Screen Test programme.

Documentaries have always been to the fore in the Festival and this year is no exception. One of the most exciting documentaries to feature is The Last Man On The Moon with director Mark Craig and Gareth Doods both in attendence. The engaging and moving Russian documentary Red Army is about the greatest ice hockey team ever assembled in the 1980s Winter Olympics, while Germany’s The Decent One unveils the private documents, journals and photographs of the SS comander Heinrich Himmler.

You can find the full programme, venues, tickets and other info on the festival website

Francesco Cerniglia – Film Editor