The festival once known as JDIFF (previously sponsored by Jameson) is now ADIFF, thanks to the involvement of Audi. But it's still the same celebration of cinema which we know as the Dublin International Film Festival.
For 2016, the fest returns to its more familar February setting and will run from the 18th to the 28th of month. In those 10 days, more than 80 films will screen while revered guests from both sides of the camera will walk the streets of Dublin and get pestered with lots of questions. Guests this year include Angela Lansbury, Richard Gere, Ben Wheatley, Jack Reynor, Neil Jordan and Sir David Hare.
This 'Valentine to Cinema' will open with the Irish premiere of John Carney's Sing Street - a very entertaining musical featuring Jack Reynor and Aidan Gillan. And the closing film will also be a local production, with the first Irish screening of Paddy Breathnach's acclaimed Viva.
In between there are plenty of major films to enjoy, including the Coen's Hail Caesar, Anomalisa, Wheatley's High Rise and Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room - the follow up to Blue Ruin which first showed at the 2014 fest. There will be special classses and courses and public interviews with filmmakers and stars, some of whom are presenting their latest work. And you can't miss the chance to celebrate the life and times of Jessica Fletcher herself, Angela Lansbury, at the Bord Gais Energy theatre on the 21st of February.
Speaking at the Programme Launch, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said:
“This year’s Festival is a Valentine to Cinema, celebrating world and Irish film, and championing the work of both established and emerging talent. With a guest list that includes Richard Gere, Angela Lansbury, Claudia Cardinale, David Hare, Ben Wheatley, Serge Bromberg, Joachim Trier, Margarethe Von Trotta, Rebecca Miller and many, many more. It’s a programme to savour and I hope that our audiences find much to enjoy and love.”
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