The 2014 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival announces it’s line up…
The 2014 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival revealed it’s full line up this evening at the Light House Cinema in Dublin. Having already teased audiences with the news that Richard Dreyfuss and Terry Gilliam will be in town for the festival, with their latest films, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys finally revealed the best kept secrets of the Dublin film calendar; the JDIFF line up, with tickets going on sale tomorrow morning – Tuesday January 21st – at 10am on jdiff.com or at FilmBase, Temple Bar.
Star of the JDIFF Closing Film THE STAG, SHERLOCK actor Andrew Scott, launched the festival programme this morning and spoke of his delight at having the film close the festival on February 23rd; “It means a huge amount to have it in the festival, and to have it as the closing film” said Scott, “We’re really excited”.
Self confessed JDIFF fan, Irish actor Hugh O’Conor, who also stars in THE STAG agreed; “It’s fantastic. Gráinne [Humphreys] has been amazing for years and she does such a good job so we are delighted. I know John [Butler] and Peter [McDonald] who wrote the film are delighted as well; when they heard they were just over the moon. We were OK with it! [laughs] No, it’s a real honour”.
Over 100 films will screen at JDIFF this year, including ZERO THEOREM, attended by Terry Gilliam, John Michael McDonough’s highly anticipated CALVARY and CAS & DYLAN attended by star Richard Dreyfuss and director Jason Priestley. There are also several films that will receive their Irish premieres; a strong strand of music-themed films; the best in short filmmaking with 16 short films screening; 27 intriguing Irish and international documentaries; and 13 star-studded galas of must-see films. 17 new Irish feature length films have also been selected to screen at the festival.
Key titles to note at this year’s festival include Wes Anderson’s star-studded THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN starring Thandie Newton; Irish filmmaker Alan Gilsenan’s two films, ELIZA LYNCH: QUEEN OF PARAGUAY and A VISION: A LIFE OF WB YEATS; TRACKS, starring Mis Wasikowska and A LONG WAY FROM HOME starring Brenda Fricker and James Fox.
Speaking at the launch this morning, Festival Director, Gráinne Humphreys said “The interesting thing for me is trying to balance what to bring to Dublin and what Irish audiences are actually interested in. The rest is world cinema; what I have seen in different festivals. It’s the combination of wanting to show what’s happening out there and knowing I can probably get some of those people to come to Dublin; there have been really interesting conversations with filmmakers at this festival”. Humphreys went on to say: “I would like people to take chances on films where they genuinely haven’t been bombarded with information about the film, so they don’t know what to think”.
Irish film is always a focus at JDIFF, and the broad selection of new Irish films screening at the festival this year includes John Michael McDonagh’s CALVARY as the Opening Night Gala; the superb documentary COME INTO THE GARDENS; Brendan Muldowney’s LOVE ETERNAL starring Pollyanna McIntosh; and Donal Foreman’s thought-provoking OUT OF HERE. Speaking of Irish film at JDIFF Gráinne Humphreys said; “The film festival launches Irish films internationally and it is an endorsement. In a film festival you can see audiences responding to something and giving people the confidence to actually take them out on release. If we can help, great!”
A must-attend festival event and one of the hottest tickets every year is the Jameson Cult Film Club screening. This year JAWS is the chosen feature and the previously announced guest Richard Dreyfuss will take part in a public interview following the screening. Information on how to apply for tickets can be found at www.jamesoncultfilmclub.ie.
The festival box-office will open from Tuesday 21st January at 10am. Tickets can be purchased on www.jdiff.com, in person at FilmBase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, or by phone on (01) 687 7974.
Keep an eye on Movies.ie for all the news about the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival; we will reveal our picks at JDIFF later this week.
Words: Brogen Hayes