Calvary – a darkly comic thriller that reunites writer-director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson has been unveiled as the opening gala for the 2014 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The gala will take place at Dublin’s Savoy Cinema on Thursday, 13th February 2014.
Announcing details of the event today, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said the opening gala will be a celebration of “the best Irish cinema”. It will be the Irish premiere of Calvary, and John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly and other members of the star-studded cast (including some of Ireland’s best-known actors) will be in attendance. A limited number of tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, 18th December, at 10.00am.
In Calvary, Brendan Gleeson stars as Father James, a priest who has a week to put his affairs in order after being told he is marked for murder during a confession. Set against the stunning beauty of Ireland’s West Coast, the film also stars Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Dylan Moran (Black Books) and Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones).
Commenting further on the 2014 opening gala announcement, Gráinne Humphreys said:
“2014 is going to be a vintage year for Irish cinema with an incredible line-up of new features and documentaries from emerging and established names. As the 2014 opening night presentation, John Michael McDonagh’s spectacular Calvary will act as both a clarion call for the festival and for Irish cinema.”
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will take place from 13th to 23rd February 2014, marking the twelfth year of the festival. It has become a key annual event in Dublin’s cultural life, growing a strong international reputation and attracting a range of film heavyweights to Ireland over the years. Over 130 films are screened each year, attracting an audience of 41,000.
Additional Programme Announcements
In addition to unveiling the opening film today, Gráinne Humphreys announced details of the four films that will screen in the hugely popular weekend morning slots at the Savoy Cinema during the festival. These are:
· No Limbs, No Limits – An intimate family portrait of young Corkwoman Joanne O’Riordan, who was born with no arms and legs as a result of the extremely rare ‘Total Amelia’ syndrome. The film – which was directed by O’Riordan’s brother, Steven – will screen at 11am on Saturday, 15th February.
· Tracks – A beautifully composed and magnificently performed story about a young woman’s nine-month trek across the Australian desert. It will screen at 11am on Sunday, 16th February.
· Borgman – An unsettling, blackly comic fable from veteran Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam, which will screen at 11am on Saturday, 22nd February.
· Twenty Feet from Stardom – A moving and joyous behind-the-scenes documentary about the singers who provide backing vocals to the stars. It will screen at 11am on Sunday, 23rd February.
“The five films we have announced so far for the 2014 programme give a flavour of the quality and diversity you can expect from this year’s festival,” said Gráinne Humphreys. “As usual, we’ll be welcoming some of the best-known names in the industry to Dublin during festival season and we’ll be running a range of ancillary events to complement the programme of film screenings. Further details of our programme will be announced early in the new year.”
Season tickets, gift vouchers and tickets for the weekend morning slots at the Savoy Cinema are on sale now from www.jdiff.com. A limited number of tickets for the opening gala screening of ‘Calvary’ will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, 18th December, at 10.00am.