All things film festival: The Midweek Dublin film festival review

We’re half way through this year’s Dublin film festival and everything appears to be running smoothly. Tonight, Ardal O’Hanlon (of Father Ted fame) introduced Irish short ‘Blind Eye’ directed by Dubliner Damien De Burca. The short, set in Dublin 1939 follows an Irish immigration official, played by O’Hanlon’ who has been sent to deport a young woman back to Nazi Germany. Following on from the screening was Italian film ‘My Brother was an only child’, sure to be one nominated for the audience award.


English born singer, songwriter and actress Marianne Faithfull was another celeb to attend the festival tonight for a screening of ‘Irina Palm’ at The Screen cinema. Faithfull plays Maggie, a middle-class Londoner Grandmother who finds herself working in a sex club to fund her grandson’s much neededoperation.


Monday Night saw Tom Kalin come to Dublin for the first time. He attended the Irish premier of his fist feature film in 15 years ‘Savage Grace’, starring Julianne Moore.  Watch out for our interview with the director in the coming weeks.


So, So far, So good. Hats off to Grainne and all the team at JDIFF. The launch  and screening of  ‘In Bruges’ went well with positive reviews from both critics and the audience The work put in this year , whether it be the films, events, or talks , all have made this year’s festival stand out and with  people like Daniel Day Lewis attending, it’s clear that the Dublin Film Festival is earning its place on the festival map, not just at home but abroad too.