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A brief guide to the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

 

The capital will be transformed into a cinephile’s heaven as the Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF) takes place from February 21st to March 4th. The festival presents a mix of emerging and highly anticipated international and Irish films, old and new. It features VR conferences, workshops, guest speakers, and many great films.

The Light House cinema in Smithfield will be where most of the action takes place, but other events will be held around the city at various cinemas. The Irish Film Institute (IFI) will be showing a great deal of Cedric Gibbons’ work. Gibbons was born in Dublin and is considered by many to be the most successful art director in Hollywood history.

Films you won’t want to miss will include Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs, which is screening on February 28th at Cineworld. Arguably Ireland’s best animation studio Cartoon Saloon, which is responsible for The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, will have their next film The Breadwinner make its Irish debut on the 22nd of February at the Light House Cinema. The film is nominated for an Oscar for Best-Animated Feature. The classic Studio Ghibli film My Neighbour Totoro is also screening on the 22nd of February at the Light House.

A cluster of Irish films will be screened at the festival, predominantly at the Light House Cinema. The Delinquent Season by acclaimed playwright Mark O’Rowe features a stellar Irish cast including Cillian Murphy and Andrew Scott and will be screened on March 3rd. Writer/director, David Freyne, takes a new fresh take on the zombie genre in his debut film The Cured, playing on February 25th, and featuring Ellen Page. West Cork filmmaker Pat Collins, will be presenting his new documentary Twilight on February 28th.

Screenwriter and director Paul Schrader will be honoured at this year’s festival. Schrader is best known for his work with Martin Scorsese, writing films like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. He will be awarded the ADIFF Volta Award and will be presenting his new film First Reformed starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried. First Reformed will be screening at the Light House on February 23rd. Schrader was also selected to be a curator for the festival and he has selected some masterpieces such as Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket, Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s Performance, and Yasujirô Ozu’s Autumn Afternoon.

Other guests attending the event include director Garth Davis, and actors Joaquin Phoenix, and Rooney Mara. They will be attending the gala screening of their new film Mary Magdalene on the February 28th at the Savoy cinema.

The festival has an enormous amount to offer and students can avail of a 10% discount. The full schedule and ticket information can be found on www.DIFF.ie

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