Bill Pullman, Vanessa Redgrave, Paul Schrader, Cillian Murphy, Barry Keoghan, Lance Daly and Nora Twomey are just some of the stars who'll be in the city for this year's Audi Dublin International Film Festival.
The programme has been announced for the highly anticipated annual event which takes place from February 21st until March 4th.
The festival, which is now in its 16th year, will bring the world's best films to Dublin. ADIFF 2018 will includes seven World Premieres and a total of over 100 features, nearly all receiving their Irish Premiere.
The Opening Gala of ADIFF 2018 will be the Irish Premiere of Black 47, the most hotly-anticipated Irish film of the year. Directed by Lance Daly, the film is set during Ireland's Great Famine. Black 47 stars James Frecheville, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford and Stephen Rea, who will all be in attendance.
One of Hollywood’s finest, Bill Pullman, will attend the festival for the Irish Premiere of his new Western The Ballad of Lefty Brown.
Lynne Ramsay will visit the festival for the Special Presentation of her Cannes prize-winning thriller You Were Never Really Here. Meanwhile, Irish-Spanish co-production, Muse, which is a supernatural thriller that was both set and shot in Dublin and will screen as a Special Presentation.
Irish director Nora Twomey will attend the long-awaited Irish Premiere Special Presentation of her animated drama The Breadwinner, which has been Oscar-nominated in the Best Animated Feature category for 2018. From Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon, this is a powerful story of an Afghan girl passing as a boy to work to help her family survive.
Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave will receive one of the two 2018 ADIFF Volta Awards, the festival’s most prestigious award, for her lifetime of achievement in cinema at the Irish Premiere of her passionate new documentary on the refugee crisis, Sea Sorrow. Her co-director and son Carlo Nero will also attend.
Paul Schrader will also receive a Volta Award and is honoured for his extensive work as a director and screenwriter.
The Opening Film of the Fantastic Flix programme for young people, supported by Cheestrings, is Andrew Haigh’s Lean On Pete, a moving drama featuring Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny and an award-winning performance from Charlie Plummer.
Rounding off the festival with the ultimate in escapist cinema, ADIFF 2018’s Closing Gala is C’est La Vie. This funny and charming French film is Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s follow-up to their box-office sensation The Intouchables.
You can download the full programme here.
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