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Dublin International Film Festival

FEBRUARY 18-28, 2016
DUBLIN, IRELAND

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Established in 2003, the Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) has become one of Ireland’s premier feature film festivals that represents the only public screening in Ireland. The festival is committed to celebrating film as an art form by presenting the highest standard of international cinema to the Irish audience.

Since its inauguration the festival has prided itself on creating a unique forum of exchange between the public and the filmmaking community by hosting a wide range of events that allow the public to interact with filmmakers in the form of public interviews, panel discussions and Q&A sessions.

Over the years, DIFF has screened world cinema from 52 countries, a total of 1,500 films, of which 300 were Irish features including world premieres. Every year, DIFF also presents The Volta Awards to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of film.

INDIAN CONNECT

Arunoday (Sunrise), the only Indian film to be featured in the festival this year, will be screened as part of the Official Selection category. Directed by Partho Sen-Gupta, it features Adil Hussain and Tannishtha Chatterjee. It is the story of an LA police inspector, Joshi (Hussain), who is haunted by the abduction of his six-year-old daughter. On discovering a possible child trafficking ring at the seamy Paradise Club, Joshi is compelled to take the law into his own hands. The film won Best Feature Film award at the Imagine Film Festival.

WATCH OUT FOR!

Opening Film

Sing Street

Directed by John Carney, Sing Street is a beguiling portrait of ‘80s Dublin. It is the story of a boy, Conor (Ferdia Walsh Peelo), who has to leave his comfortable middle class life when his family is forced to downsize as part of the 1980s’ recession. A loner at his new school, his only friend is his music-obsessed elder brother (Jack Reynor). Soon, Corner spots a mysterious girl across the playground and is smitten by her. He asks her to star in the music video for his band. The only problem is he has yet to find his bandmates or his own musical style.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS, PROGRAMMES & SHORTS

Angela Lansbury: A Celebration

Dance On Film

Hail, Caesar!

High-Rise

Maggie’s Plan

Serge Bromberg

Sing Street

Surprise Film

Time Out of Mind

Claudia Cardinale & Ultima Fermata

Viva

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Arunoday (Sunrise)

Black

Black Mountain Poets

Demolition

Departure

Évolution

Mon Roi

Mustang

Once Upon A Time In The West

Our Little Sister

Summertime

IRISH CINEMA

Atlantic

Further Beyond

Fís na Fuiseoige

Hubert Butler:

Witness to the Future

Michael Collins

After ’16 Shorts

Sing Street

Staid

Viva

Closing Film

Viva

Directed by Paddy Breathnach, Viva is a story of an 18-year-old boy named Jesus (Héctor Medina), a hairdresser living in a rundown apartment in Havana. While prepping wigs for performers at the drag club, he is drawn to glamour and seeking acceptance. Jesus finds his way to the stage, and after adopting the alias ‘Viva’, he becomes one of the club’s top acts. His life takes a turn when his estranged father comes back in his life and disapproves of his profession. The film has been selected as the Irish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

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