An early queue outside the JDIFF box office at Filmbase…

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

The 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14–24 February 2013, Dublin)  


The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival welcomes a stunning array of filmmaking talent to Dublin this February for the 11th edition of the festival, which takes place from 14th – 24th February. Featuring acting legends such as Danny DeVito, Tim Roth, Gabriel Byrne and Frank Langella, directing powerhouses, Olivier Assayas, Costa-Gavras and Joss Whedon, as well as events showcasing the art of screenwriting with Tobias Lindholm (Borgen) and Robert Towne (Chinatown, Shampoo), and casting with Margery Simkin (Top Gun, Erin Brockovich). Featuring over 130 feature films, alongside shorts, masterclasses and a myriad of special events hosted in the dedicated Hub and Club spaces, the festival will also welcome over 100 Irish and international guests to light up an amazing 11 days.


Exciting young Irish actors Killian Scott and Kelly Campbell, who will both feature in films screening at the festival – Black Ice and The Good Man, launched the festival programme on 23rd January.  Speaking at the launch, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said: “The year long search for the most original voices in contemporary cinema will finally be unveiled next month. It’s a festival jam packed with screenings, workshops and masterclasses, and I am genuinely humbled by the guests who will join us: Olivier Assayas, Costa-Gavras, Danny DeVito, Joss Whedon, Margery Simkin and Frank Langella, it is a honour to welcome them and the rest of our cast list to Dublin.”

The highly anticipated Jameson Cult Film Club will this year feature the classic LA Confidential, with Danny DeVito in attendance for a unique interactive event screening. “Our association with film began in 1998 and I am very proud to say that, today, Jameson is involved with some of the most dynamic and successful film festivals around the world. At the heart of our film association is our sponsorship of JDIFF, which has grown from strength to strength since 2002. In support of this, we have once again developed an integrated marketing campaign consisting of TV, print, radio, outdoor, online and extensive in-bar and retail promotions around Dublin” said Anna Malmhake CEO & Chairman, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard.


The festival will bring unexpected stories to audiences throughout the 11 days. Iconic actor Tim Roth will showcase his gentle side at the opening gala, a screening of compelling family drama Broken,  directed by Rufus Norris and written by Irish screenwriter Mark O’Rowe  both of whom will attend the screening along with Roth. Creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and director of Avengers Assemble Joss Whedon will mix the modern and classic with a retelling of the Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing; and Frank Langella will transform from Nixon (after his iconic role in 2008’s Frost/Nixon), to a retired burglar in Robot & Frank!


Exciting Irish talent will be showcased in the line up of Irish features, which will encompass the caper that is The Hardy Bucks Movie; Kieron J Walsh’s black humourous Jump, Mary Harron’s visually lush The Moth Diaries starring Sarah Bolger, documentary maker Kieran Evans’ powerful debut feature Kelly + Victor, and the intriguing Irish co-production Call Girl.


In the year of Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union, the festival are delighted to present a focus on European film, welcoming acclaimed filmmakers Olivier Assayas (Apres Mai/Something in the Air), Costa-Gavras (Capital), Pascal Bonitzer (Looking for Hortense / Cherchez Hortense) and Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking) to Dublin for the festival, as well the concert of film scores by Academy Award winning Dario Marianelli, a collaboration between the festival, the National Concert Hall and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.


Documentaries will be centre stage, with the festival closing with the world premiere of Blood Rising, director Mark McLoughlin and artist Brian Maguire’s searing indictment of the Mexican authorities of Juarez and the women it has forgotten – part of the Arts Council Reel Art documentary scheme operated in association with Filmbase and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.  The festival will also present Claire Dix’s Broken Song which follows three hip-hop artists from north Dublin, and Paul Duane’s NATAN, the captivating portrait of controversial but overlooked French film pioneer Bernard Natan.


Other fascinating subjects explored in featured documentaries include Oscar winner Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, the dark history of sexual molestation of deaf children by the Catholic Church in the late ’50s; Nick Ryan’s gripping account of Irishman Ger McDonnell’s tragic expedition to K2, The Summit; and Sophie Fiennes’ controversial exploration of what psychoanalysis can tell us about cinema The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema.  The festival will also present cinematic portraits of legendary drummer Ginger Baker, graphic designer Pablo Ferro, Magnum photojournalist John G. Morris, dancer Colin Dunne, band The Frames and famed children’s author Tomi Ungerer.


The programme will feature a broad and diverse range of award winning films from across the world, including Kim Ki-duk’s Venice winning Pieta, Taviani Brother’s Berlinale winner Caesar Must Die, Foreign language Oscar nominee Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu) and Rob Savage’s Raindance winning first feature Strings.  Other attractions will include  highly anticipated titles White Elephant (Pablo Trapero), Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas), With You, Without You (Prasanna Vithange), Gangs of Wasseypur (Anurag Kashyap), Stoker (Chan-wook Park), Easy Money I & II (Daniel Espinosa and Babak Najafi), Arbitrage (Nicholas Jarecki), The Look of Love (Michael Winterbottom)  and Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Lachowski).


The Out of the Past season will this year feature classics such as Kieslowski’s Blind Chance, Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd. and Jerry Schatzberg’s Scarecrow, as well as Fritz Lang’s 1928 Spies, with a live accompaniment by Günther Buchwald, and a tribute to Irish filmmaker Kieran Hickey hosted in association with the IFI.  The IFI will also present a celebration of the work of Jem Cohen and the Irish premiere of Museum Hours.


The 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will take place from the 14th – 24th February 2013. The full programme will be available to view from the festival website at 7pm on 23rd January, with online booking open from 11.59pm. Tickets can be booked in person at the Festival Hub in Filmbase from 24th January, or at Ticket Offices in Cineworld or the Light House from 4th February.


Jameson Dublin International Film Festival would like to thank its funders and sponsors: Jameson, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, Cineworld, Renault, The Merrion Hotel, The Irish Times, RTÉ, Windmill Lane, Wells Cargo,, Film Base and The Church.


Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
Ticket Office: Filmbase, Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Phone: 01 687 7974

Twitter: @DublinFilmFest


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