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Gabriel Byrne, Danny DeVito, Joss Whedon, Tim Roth, Frank Langella and more at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
From February 14 to 24, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will have over 130 feature films and welcome stars of the screen including Danny DeVito, Tim Roth, Gabriel Byrne and Frank Langella and film directors Olivier Assayas, Costa-Gavras and Joss Whedon
Festival events include shorts, masterclasses and showcases such as the art of screenwriting with Tobias Lindholm (Borgen) and Robert Towne (Chinatown, Shampoo), and casting with Margery Simkin (Top Gun, Erin Brockovich).
The highly anticipated Jameson Cult Film Club will this year feature the classic LA Confidential, with Danny DeVito in attendance for a unique interactive event screening.
The opening Gala film is Broken, directed by Rufus Norris and starring Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Eloise Laurence. Broken is written by Irish screenwriter Mark O’Rowe, who will appear with Roth and Norris at the screening.
Joss Whedon brings his retelling of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing to the festival. The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and director of Avengers Assemble will attend.
Frank Langella's new movieRobot & Frank will also show, with Frank in attendance.
Some of the Irish features include The Hardy Bucks Movie, Kieron J Walsh’s black humourous Jump, Mary Harron’s visually lush The Moth Diaries starring Sarah Bolger, documentary maker Kieran Evans’ powerful debut feature Kelly + Victor, and the intriguing Irish co-production Call Girl.
In the year of Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union, the festival presents a focus on European film, welcoming acclaimed filmmakers Olivier Assayas (Apres Mai/Something in the Air), Costa-Gavras (Capital), Pascal Bonitzer (Looking for Hortense / Cherchez Hortense) and Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking) to Dublin for the festival, as well the concert of film scores by Academy Award winning Dario Marianelli, a collaboration between the festival, the National Concert Hall and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Documentaries will be centre stage, with the festival closing with the world premiere of Blood Rising, director Mark McLoughlin and artist Brian Maguire’s searing indictment of the Mexican authorities of Juarez and the women it has forgotten – part of the Arts Council Reel Art documentay programme.
The festival will also present Claire Dix’s Broken Song which follows three hip-hop artists from north Dublin, and Paul Duane’s NATAN, the captivating portrait of controversial but overlooked French film pioneer Bernard Natan.
Other fascinating subjects explored in featured documentaries include Oscar winner Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, the dark history of sexual molestation of deaf children by the Catholic Church in the late ’50s; Nick Ryan’s gripping account of Irishman Ger McDonnell’s tragic expedition to K2, The Summit; and Sophie Fiennes’ controversial exploration of what psychoanalysis can tell us about cinema The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema.
The festival will also present cinematic portraits of legendary drummer Ginger Baker, graphic designer Pablo Ferro, Magnum photojournalist John G. Morris, dancer Colin Dunne, band The Frames and famed children’s author Tomi Ungerer.
The programme will feature a broad and diverse range of 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.
Other attractions will include highly anticipated titles White Elephant (Pablo Trapero), Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas), With You, Without You (Prasanna Vithange), Gangs of Wasseypur (Anurag Kashyap), Stoker (Chan-wook Park), Easy Money I & II (Daniel Espinosa and Babak Najafi), Arbitrage (Nicholas Jarecki), The Look of Love (Michael Winterbottom) and Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Lachowski).
The Out of the Past season will this year feature classics such as Kieslowski’s Blind Chance, Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd. and Jerry Schatzberg’s Scarecrow, as well as Fritz Lang’s 1928 Spies, with a live accompaniment by Günther Buchwald, and a tribute to Irish filmmaker Kieran Hickey hosted in association with the IFI.
The IFI will also present a celebration of the work of Jem Cohen and the Irish premiere of Museum Hours.
The 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will take place from the 14th – 24th February 2013.
The full programme will be available to view from the festival website at 7pm on 23 January, with online booking open from 11.59pm.
Tickets can be booked in person at the Festival Hub in Filmbase from 24 January, or at Ticket Offices in Cineworld or the Light House from 4th February.
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival would like to thank its funders and sponsors: Jameson, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, Cineworld, Renault, The Merrion Hotel, The Irish Times, RTÉ, Windmill Lane, Wells Cargo, Entertainment.ie, Film Base and The Church.