7th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival Highlights

The eagerly awaited line-up for the 7th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is beginning to take shape and festival goers can expect the programme to build and expand upon the major successes of the 2008 festival. This year’s programme marks Gráinne Humphreys second year at the helm as festival director and she is planning another showcase of the best in contemporary world cinema along with a glittering array of special guests and high-profile gala events.

Among the first films to be confirmed for this year’s festival include Laurent Cantet’s The Class, unanimously voted the Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and the first French film to win the award in over 20 years. Featuring a multicultural cast of first-time teenage actors, The Class has been described by critics as ‘utterly engrossing from start to finish’ and creates an astonishingly rich slice of life in a tough Parisian neighbourhood.

Tomm Moore’s animation feature The Secret of Kells is set to premiere at the festival and brings the story of the boy behind the famed Book of Kells to life complete with stunning visuals and music from trad wizards Kila while Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s breathtakingly photographed Three Monkeys, winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, will feature as part of the special showcase of contemporary Turkish cinema.

This year’s retrospective focuses on Belgian auteur Chantal Akerman, described by the Village Voice as ‘arguably the most important European director of her generation’ and a leading light in experimental, deeply personal filmmaking. Akerman has had a profound impact on feminist filmmaking discourse and has proven herself to be an uncompromising and dedicated practitioner of the cinematic arts.

Finally, after the success of last year’s partnership, Dublin City Public Libraries, in association with the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival are preparing a very special film quiz. Libraries across the city will field teams of three older people (over 55 years) who will compete in the film quiz final on February 7th in Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse St, Dublin 1.

The 7th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival runs from February 12th to the 22nd. For more information, please visit the website at www.jdiff.com