The second annual Movie Fest, inspired by the massively successful “Comic Con” event held in the US, will take place at Cineworld Cinemas in Dublin on 8th and 9thSeptember. Movie Fest will screen six movie premieres over the weekend, none of which will have been seen in Irish cinemas.
The first Movie Fest in August 2011 saw sold-out houses for two solid days at Cineworld for a variety of screenings, presentations, previews, and hot-off-the-presses movie merchandise. Four confirmed films are Looper starring Bruce Willis, the new thriller Premium Rush starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the new animated film Paranorman, from the makers of Coraline, which is currently the best reviewed movie at the box office in the US. The director of Paranorman, Chris Butler, will be flying in to make an appearance and talk to the Movie Fest audience. Conor McMahon’s award-winning Irish comedy horror film Stitches will also have its premiere at the event.
Looper, directed by Rian Johnson, is a chase movie across two different time zones that will have fans of the genre on the edge of their seats. In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Things take a dramatic turn when 25-year-old killer Joseph Simmons (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is forced to hunt his older self (Bruce Willis). The wildly imaginative animation Paranorman tells of a misunderstood 12 year old boy who takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries old curse. Premium Rush is an adrenaline-fuelled ride through the street of Manhattan courtesy of filmmaker David Koepp. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a bike messenger who picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. Stitches, Conor McMahon’s horror / comedy shot completely in Ireland, stars comedian Ross Noble as Stitches the clown who, having had a fatal accident at the hands of a group of children, comes back from the dead to wreak revenge on them.
Over the weekend, movie fans will be treated to the six film premieres including two mystery film screenings, exclusive trailers and footage from Comic-Con and can expect to see clips from movies like Iron Man 3, Die Hard 5, Seven Psychopaths, Twilight – Breaking Dawn Part 2, Neil Jordan’s Byzantium and many more. Day tickets will be available for purchase for the event, and each day will include the high-profile feature film previews along with presentations from all major Hollywood studios including Warner Bros., Disney, Universal, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Paramount.
These presentations will feature a huge selection of extensive never-before-seen footage and trailers from some of the most highly anticipated films of 2012 and 2013. Exclusive footage direct from the recent Comic-Con in San Diego will be shown at Movie Fest 2012, including extended clips, trailers and behind the scenes snippets from upcoming blockbusters.
The response from movie-goers at last year’s Movie Fest was massively positive, with the event bringing back a sense of genuine excitement and anticipation for Hollywood movies. Many fans purchased tickets for the whole event, immersing themselves in movies from early morning until late at night over the course of the two days. Last year’s event had the first public screenings in Ireland of films such as Drive and Fright Night.
‘We knew there was an appetite for this kind of event in Dublin, which was why we initially decided to start the event last year, but the response from film fans was actually more overwhelming than we thought it might be,’ commented Vincent Donnelly, creator of Movie Fest. ‘We sold out each of our screenings last year over the two days, and there really was a sense of a proper festival, a real event, where movie fans could talk about movies and get a sense of genuine excitement about upcoming blockbusters. With our planned line-up this year, we know we’ll have a lot in store to make this year even better, particularly with filmmakers attending to introduce their films and discuss their work with fans.’
Movie Fest takes place at Cineworld Cinemas, Parnell Centre, Dublin on September 8th / 9th. Full details can be found on www.movies.ie/fest. Tickets are available from Cineworld.