FEB 20-MAR 3, 2019
The Dublin International Film Festival was founded in 2003 and has since screened over 1,500 films. The festival is now regarded as a significant event for the cinema of Ireland. It brings together filmmakers, actors and producers from Ireland and around the world. It facilitates audience interaction and engagement with filmmakers, actors and industry professionals, along with informed debate about the future of film as an art form. It aims to familiarise Irish audiences to inspirational and thought-provoking international cinema.
The 17th edition of the festival will feature over 125 events. Much like every year, this year too the ‘Surprise Film’ remains a tightly-guarded secret.
Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this John Butler directorial revolves around an unlikely bond between an affluent, gay presenter and an older, straight, labourer from Mexico. The American-Irish comedy-drama features Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patino in lead roles.
This Jessie Buckley starrer is about a Glasgow girl who aspires to be like the country singers that she has grown up idolising. Economic situations and her decisions prevent her from becoming a successful name in Nashville. The film is directed by Tom Harper.
GALAS AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
An Elephant Sitting Still
Fighting With My Family
When Hitchcock Met O’Casey
Alpha, The Right To Kill
Ask Is Purest White
Maria By Callas
Up The Mountain
YOUNG PEOPLE: FANTASTIC FIX
The Crazy Heart
Treat Me Like Fire
Bulbul Can Sing
Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota
After the screening of the hybrid animated documentary based on Another Day Of Life, a panel discussion will discuss the work and legacy of journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski. Aedín Gormley will interview David Shire, an Academy Award and two-time Grammy winner. Shire will also perform songs and play some pieces on the piano. Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, will engage in a conversation with author, Eoin Colfer on film production, packaging and new media concepts. Festival screenwriters will also come together to shed light on the art of screenwriting. A master class will take place with composer, Jocelyn Pook.
A photography exhibition of portraits by Hugh O’Conor, an Irish actor, will take place to celebrate Irish talent. The film festival has partnered with The Irish Costume Archive Project to showcase costume collections from their archive of Irish films and television shows.
– Titas Chowdhury