CALVARY to open JDIFF January 9, 2014 The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival announces John Michael McDonagh’s CALVARY as Opening Gala CALVARY, a darkly comic thriller that reunites writer-director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson will have its Irish premiere as the opening gala for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014. The gala will take place at Dublin’s Savoy Cinema on Thursday, 13th February 2014. A limited number of tickets for the opening gala screening of CALVARY are currently on sale, selling fast. Announcing details of the event, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said the opening gala will be a celebration of “the best Irish cinema”. The gala will welcome John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly and other members of the star-studded cast, including some of Ireland’s best-known actors. In CALVARY, Brendan Gleeson stars as Father James, a priest who has a week to put his affairs in order after being told he is marked for murder during a confession. Set against the stunning beauty of Ireland’s West Coast, the film also stars Kelly Reilly (‘Sherlock Holmes’), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Dylan Moran (‘Black Books’) and Aidan Gillen (‘Game of Thrones’). Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys noted: “2014 is going to be a vintage year for Irish cinema with an incredible line-up of new features and documentaries from emerging and established names. As the 2014 opening night presentation, we’re honoured to have the Irish premiere of John Michael McDonagh’s spectacular CALVARY, a remarkable example of the strength of the Irish film industry at the moment.”The twelfth Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will take place from 13th to 23rd February 2014. The festival has firmly established Dublin as the city of ‘Film in February’ and has become a key annual event in Dublin’s cultural life, growing a respected international reputation and attracting a range of film heavyweights to Ireland over the years. Over 130 films will screen at the 2014 festival. Festival season tickets, gift vouchers and tickets for selected JDIFF galas at the Savoy Cinema are on sale now from www.jdiff.com.