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JDIFF officially launches programme for 13th festival
25 Feb 2015 : Seán Brosnan
JDIFF will see over 130 films from 38 countries screen at this year's festival
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) programme was officially launched on February 25th – with Festival director Gráinne Humphreys announcing that over 130 films will screen from 38 countries including Korea, Denmark, US, Brazil and Russia.

The 13th edition of the Festival - which takes place from 19th – 29th March – will welcome over 60 Irish and international guests including Julie Andrews, Ryan O’Neal, Danny Huston, Kim Cattrall and Vincent Perez and Irish talents such as Orla Brady, Jack Reynor and Robbie Sheehan.

Another highlight of the programme is the presence of three actor-turned-directors, who will be attending the Festival: Kenneth Branagh will screen his adaptation of the fairytale ‘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’.

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 Robbie 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.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival says of the programme:‘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.’

Anna Malmhake, CEO & Chairman Irish Distillers Pernod Richard says: ‘Film as an art form has been close to the heart of the Jameson brand for a very long time with the 2015 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival marking Jameson’s 13th and final year as title sponsor of Dublin’s iconic film festival. We are extremely proud to have been a formative partner of the festival and associated with building a superb cultural celebration of film here in Ireland. As part of this year’s festival, we are delighted to be hosting a special Jameson Cult Film Club screening of ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’. It has proved to be a hugely popular event since its launch, delivering an unforgettable screening experience for all those who attend.’

A collection of award winning directors will be also in attendance at the Festival: Carol Morley (‘The Falling’), Pat Murphy (‘Tana Bana), Gerard Barrett (Glassland), Pedro Costa (‘Horse Money’), Nils Malmros (‘Sorrow and Joy’) as well as industry events with Mark Cousins (Seeking the Truth: Mark Cousins In Conversation) and Angeli MacFarlane (Conquering The Script) and casting experts Leo Davis (‘Layer Cake’, ‘The Constant Gardener’) and Margery Simkin (‘Top Gun’, ‘Erin Brockovich’).

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 depiction of Irish designer Eileen Gray in ‘The Price Of Desire’, with Orla Brady and Vincent Perez in attendance for the screening. Julie Andrews will be in Dublin to close the Festival by screening one of her most recognized films ‘The Sound Of Music’.

Other highlights of this year’s festival include:

  • Screening of ‘Whats Up Doc?’, followed by a Q&A with star Ryan O’Neal
  • 40th Anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Barry Lyndon’ which will be screened in the Savoy Cinema on March 21st. Ryan O’Neal and producer Jan Harlan will be in attendance
  • Reel to Reel Programme which shows award-winning documentaries from around the globe
  • RTE Lyric FM’s Movies and Musicals will broadcast live from Filmbase on the opening weekend with Presenter Aedin Gormley
  • Three programmes of Irish and international short films
  • Out of the Past season screening classics such as ‘The Americanisation of Emily’ and ‘In Cold Blood’

The Festival will host numerous industry events across the city including a Perspectives in Pictures in Collins Barracks, Critical Response with the Dublin Film Critics Circle, Write to Live, Live To Write, The Art of Manipulation: Editing with Réka Lemhény and much more.

JDIFF continues its Picture House outreach project in hospitals and care homes, as well as reaching out to new additional venues this year, including The Pavilion Theatre, Riverbank Arts Centre, Movies@Dundrum and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

The 13th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will take place from the 19th – 29th March 2015. The full programme will be available to view from the festival website jdiff.com from 7.30pm along with online booking open on 25th February. Tickets can be booked in person at the Festival Box Office on 13 Lower Ormond Quay from 26th February, or at Ticket Offices in Cineworld or the Light House from 14th March.

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