Christmas has come early for film fans as the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival reveals a preview of next year’s programme with three special announcements;
● The Irish premiere of Mary McGuckian’s Eileen Gray biopic ‘The Price of Desire’
● The attendance of Oscar nominated screenwriter and playwright Sir David Hare
● Award–winning actor-director Alan Rickman’s period drama ‘A Little Chaos’ starring Kate Winslet
Hailing from Northern Ireland, the award winning writer and director Mary McGuckian, (Man on the Train, Inconceivable and Best) will premiere her latest film ‘The Price of Desire’ at the Festival featuring a stellar cast including Alanis Morissette, Vincent Perez with Irish actress Orla Brady as iconic designer Eileen Gray.
Mary McGuckian, writer and director of ‘The Price of Desire’ says: “It¹s an absolute honour that JDIFF has chosen to programme The Price of Desire at the Festival. Orla Brady who plays Eileen Gray along with Vincent Perez who plays Le Corbusier share my delight at the news. We all agree that it is entirely fitting for Eileen Gray’s film to premiere in Ireland.”
It’s been seventeen years since Alan Rickman was behind the camera as director and now the award–winning actor is back with his period drama ‘A Little Chaos.’ This film reunites him with his Sense and Sensibility co-star, Academy Award winner, Kate Winslet. ‘A Little Chaos,’ which also stars Stanley Tucci, alongside Rickman himself, will have its Irish premiere at the Festival.
“I’m delighted and thrilled to announce some of the exciting plans for next years Festival, firstly, one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, The Price of Desire is Mary McGuckian’s portrait of the iconic Irish designer Eileen Gray. Orla Brady is mesmerising as the mercurial genius in this beautiful film, with a great score by Brian Byrne and a smart cast including Vincent Perez and Alanis Morissette,” said Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
“Alan Rickman’s second feature A Little Chaos this hugely entertaining gardening drama features Kate Winslet and our Festival friend Stanley Tucci. I first met Sir David Hare when he came to the Festival with a great double bill of two films Paris by Night and Strapless. I have been a fan of his work from Plenty onwards, he is a provocative and challenging screenwriter and a wonderful adapter of his own and other’s work – it’s a pleasure to welcome him to meet and discuss his work with his Irish peers.”
The 13th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival takes place from 19th – 29th March 2015. For more information head over to jdiff.com
A LITTLE CHAOS re-imagines the creation of the Rockwork Grove, one small element of the Sun King, Louis XIV’s building of the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Madame Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet) is an unlikely candidate for landscape architect of the still-to-be-completed Palace of Versailles. She has little time for the classical, ordered designs of the man who hires her, the famous architect Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts). However, as she works on her creation, she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Le Nôtre and forced to negotiate the perilous rivalries and intricate etiquette of the court of King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman). But Sabine is made of strong stuff; her honesty and compassion help her to overcome both the challenges of her newfound popularity, and an unspeakable tragedy from her past, to win the favour of the Sun King and the heart of Le Nôtre.
Mary McGuckian’s romantic period drama THE PRICE OF DESIRE treats the controversial story of how Eileen Gray’s influential contribution to 20th century architecture and design was almost entirely effaced from history by the egotistical Le Corbusier, and of how her relationship with philanderer Jean Badovici (Le Corbusier’s promoter by way of his highly influential architectural publication l’architecture vivante) further fuelled the rift between the two architects, both personally and professionally, consigning her legacy to a century of neglect and long-overdue recognition. The film stars Alanis Morissette, Vincent Perez and Orla Brady as Eileen Gray.