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The Audi Dublin International Film Festival is set to be a star studded event!

The festival programme launched last night

Actress Kelly Thornton, Nika McGuigan and film director Damian O'Donnell at the programme launch today. Photo credit: Brian McEvoy
Actress Kelly Thornton, Nika McGuigan and film director Damian O’Donnell at the programme launch today. Photo credit: Brian McEvoy

Hollywood will be coming to town for the Audi Dublin International Film Festival, which launched last night and has made VIP Towers very excited for next month. The festival will open on February 18th and will welcome over 40 guests to the capital over the course of the 11 day celebration, which features over 80 films from 27 different countries.

The highly anticipated European premiere of Irish film Sing Street will open the festival, and will be attended by cast members Jack Reynor, Ferdia Walsh Peelo and Lucy Boynton. It will be closed by director Paddy Breathnach’s Viva.

Along with these film buffs, Hollywood icons Richard Gere and Dame Angela Lansbury will be in attendance at the festival, making appearances at the Arnotts Gala screening of Time Out of Mind, and The Italian Gala.

Richard Gere is coming to Dublin
Richard Gere is coming to Dublin

Speaking at the launch, Festival Director, Grain Humphreys spoke of the guest list and the festival’s programme this year, saying that it holds something for everyone, even classic family flicks.

“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,” she commented.

We're big fans of Angela
We’re big fans of Angela

Grainne also said that this years festival will feature a lot of emerging talent. “This year’s Festival is a Valentine to Cinema, celebrating world and Irish film, and championing the work of both established and emerging talent.” Great news for the Irish film scene! 

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