Congratulations to the Lighthouse Cinema on their launch of the 10th JDIFF last night. The cinema was packed to the rafters with Dublin cinephiles.
The guest of honour Stellan Skarsgård was in flying form and got us all into festival mood, with the complementary whiskey helping as well.
The programme certainly doesn’t disappoint and for a full look at what’s coming up, check out the JDIFF site or use the embedded program at the bottom of this post.
But to make things that little bit easier when going through the program I have picked a few highlights.
Consider yourself lucky if you managed to get a ticket to the sold out screening of Wilde Salome. Al Pacino tackles Wilde’s play Salome by filming the process of staging and coming to grips with the play. It stars woman of the moment Jessica Chastain, and with Pacino in attendance it’s surely one not to miss. Ho hah!
Agnieszka Holland will be attending the screening of her Oscar nominated film, In Darkness. It aims to portray the tensions that existed between Catholics and Jews during WWII in the predominately Catholic Poland.
Get to see Albert Nobbs and Bel Ami before the proles with these two from the festival’s “first looks” series. Academy award nominee Glenn Close will be in attendance for the Albert Nobbs screening.
Team Edward can feed their hunger until the final Twilight film by catching Bel Ami, the adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel staring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and our very own Colm Meaney.
Did you think Butch Cassidy was dead? Well you were wrong. Blackthorn, directed by Mateo Gil, tells the story of Butch played by living legend and Flatlakes favourite Sam Shepard. Blackthorn/Cassidy is living under a pseudonym trying to keep a low profile but when Stephen Rea’s Mackinley thinks he’s found Butch, the retirement plans are put on hold.
The pick of the Irish screenings may be the Terence McDonald series which takes a look at some of the films of Derry’s pioneering director. The IFI will showcase 5 films, the most interesting surely to be A City Solitary, featuring John Hume reflecting on the city by the Foyle.
Also of note is Silence, the story of Eoghan O’Suilleabháin (Mac Giolla Bhríde), an Irishman living in Berlin. He has been commissioned to travel to the most remote areas in Ireland to record silence. Director Pat Collins who will attend the screening collaborates with the Donegal film-maker and writer Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde.
JDIFF Shorts showcases the best in new Irish Shorts. Shorts never seem to get much of an airing these days so it’s always great to see some bite-sized films.
Don’t worry, if they’re terrible you can rest easy as they’ll be over soon.
Anyone got their tickets yet? Let us know in the comments section!