John Michael McDonagh's Calvary has just been announced as the opening movie for the 2014 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
It's McDonagh's follow up to the massively successful The Guard and sees returning leading man Brendan Gleeson playing a priest in small town Ireland who has been told he's to be murdered in a matter of days. Then things get really strange. The film also stars Kelly Reilly, Domhnall Gleeson, Aidan Gillen and Chris O'Dowd.
Festival director Grainne Humphreys had this to say on the 2014 festival:
"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 festival will take place from the 13th to the 23rd of February 2014, with over 130 films planned over 10 days of great entertainment. Some announced titles include Tracks starring MiaWasikowska, Dutch black comedy Borgman and doc Twenty Feet from Stardom.
Tickets for some screenings are available from jdiff.com right now, with tickets for Calvary on sale from 10am on Wednesday the 18th of December. Here's a taste of what the film has to offer.
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival runs from the 13th to the 23rd of February 2014.