Liam Neeson Colin Firth Confirmed for Jameson Dublin International Film Festival January 26, 2009 Liam Cunningham and Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan unveil the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival line-up Hunger actor Liam Cunningham and Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan unveiled the programme for the 7th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival at a launch party this evening at Dublin’s Odeon Bar on Harcourt Street The Irish film industry turned out in its droves to get a first glimpse at the line-up for this years festival which takes place from the 12th – 22nd February. The festival features a stellar line up of guests including Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Clive Owen, James Nesbitt, Neil Gaiman, Frederic Raphael, John Crowley, Armando Iannucci, Michel Houellebecq, and Artistic Director of Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux. Presenting over 130 features from 28 countries, the festival is due to attract audiences of over 40,000 with archive and premiere screenings, special guests, discussions and unique events, all over an action packed 11 days. An amazing wealth of talent will visit the festival, comedian Armando Iannucci will be bringing his Sundance hit In the Loop to Irish audiences; Director Paulo Sorrentino will be presenting his epic film Il Divo about Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti; Director John Crowley (Intermission) has two features screening at the festival, Is There Anybody There and Boy A; writer Michel Houellebecq will be in attendance with his own adaptation of his novel Possibility of an Island and writer Neil Gaiman will attend Coraline 3D, along with an abundance of exclusive events and screenings that will all be kicked off with the multi Oscar-nominated Doubt as the opening Gala. Special events as part of the festival include a retrospective on acclaimed Belgian Director and Artist Chantal Akerman; public conversations with Hugh Hudson and Frederic Raphael; the Jameson Film Experience with Clive Owen and what will prove to be a fascinating interview with Thierry Fremaux, Artistic Director of the Cannes International Film Festival. The final weekend of the festival will feature a screening of Genova with Colin Firth in attendance on Friday 20th; Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt and director Oliver Hirschbiegel attending the screening of Five Minutes of Heaven on Saturday 21st capped off with the Closing Gala on Sunday 22nd, the delightful Irish animated feature The Secret of Kells, which will be attended by Brendan Gleeson and animators Cartoon Saloon. Commenting on the programme, Festival Director Grainne Humphreys said: “The festival’s primary remit is to screen the best of cinema from across the world from the last year, and we are delighted to say that we have been lucky enough to entice some of the best European filmmakers of our time to Dublin. However, great new films wouldn’t be made today without the archives of the world, and this year we celebrate the art of filmmaking with a combination of rare films as well as screenings of a selection of favourite films by a range of people from Camille O’Sullivan through to Dennis Hickie. It is my greatest hope that this year’s programme will transfix audiences during the eleven days of our festival, and that maybe you will find your new favourite film!”. For more information or to book tickets visit http://www.JDIFF.com We will be posting more highlights from this years program during the week plus we’ll be talking to the festival programmer. Stay Tuned.