The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is this year showcasing a remarkable array of Irish talent on screen. Both the Opening and Closing night Galas, Calvary and The Stag, are Irish productions, and a number of other highly anticipated Irish films have been selling fast at the festival box-office.
The broad range of subject matter being addressed by Irish filmmakers ranges from the dark through to the comedic to thought provoking, displaying the increasing confidence of the Irish film industry. A special reception was held on Friday 14th at the Mansion House Dublin by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, to celebrate the achievements of Irish filmmakers at the festival this year.
Irish filmmaking has come to the fore this year with titles such as Donal Foreman’s timely Out of Here being one of the first films to sell out at the festival. Brendan Muldowney’s Love Eternal, starring Pollyanna McIntosh is a beguiling and enigmatic tale of dark and haunted love; The Food Guide to Love, Dominic Harari and Teresa Pelegri’s charming romantic comedy was fully shot in a colourful, contemporary Dublin; Pat Collins’ Living in a Coded Land is a striking documentary offering a historical, social and philosophical context on how the country is grappling with post-Celtic Tiger issues; and Alan Gilsenan’s absorbing Eliza Lynch: Queen of Paraguay recounts the life of Cork-born Eliza Lynch who is revered in Paraguay as a national heroine.
Other Irish titles screening at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival include:
– Maud Hendricks’ Come into the Gardens, focusing on life in St. Teresa’s Gardens;
– Steven O’Riordan’s No Limbs No Limits, a documentary about his inspirational sister Joanne O’Riordan;
– Run & Jump, Steph Green’s award-winning film starring Will Forte and Maxine Peake;
– Stay, a Canadian co-production starring Aidan Quinn as an archaeologist living on the West Coast trying to bury his past;
– Los Wild Ones, an insight into the musical life of Dubliner Reb Kennedy who followed his dream and emigrated to California to help fashion a vibrant roots / rock vision;
– Looking for Light: Jane Bown is a revealing portrait of the self-effacing acclaimed photographer;
– Cecily Brennan’s intriguing The Devil’s Pool: Madness, Melancholia and the Artist, examining the connections between creativity and madness;
– A Vision: A Life of WB Yeats, the second film by director Alan Gilsenan in the festival, a visual ‘film-poem’, using solely the words of Yeats;
– The Inquiry, a docu-drama about the 1913 Dublin Lockout;
– Ruairí Robinson’s sci-fi thriller The Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber;
– Gold, Niall Heery’s offbeat comedy starring James Nesbitt and David Wilmot;
– A Thousand Times Goodnight, shot in Malahide and starring Juliette Binoche, Maria Doyle Kennedy and a breakout performance from Lauryn Canny;
– a selection of the best in short filmmaking from around the country.
Tickets for all of these films can be booked on www.jdiff.com. The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival runs at venues throughout Dublin from February 13th – 23rd 2014. The jam-packed lineup for the festival programme includes over 130 films and themed strands, along with a host of special guests and special events.
The funders and sponsors of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival include: Jameson Irish Whiskey, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board, American Airlines, Toyota, Cineworld, The Merrion Hotel, The Irish Times, RTÉ, Windmill Lane, Wells Cargo, Entertainment.ie, Film Base and The Church.