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John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary to kick off 2014 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

December 24th, 2013 by Marc Comments

Opening Gala for 2014 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival announced Irish Premiere of John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’ for Opening Gala Four other titles unveiled for 2014 festival

‘Calvary’ – a darkly comic thriller that reunites writer-director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson has been unveiled as the opening gala for the 2014 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The gala will take place at Dublin’s Savoy Cinema on Thursday, 13th February 2014.

Announcing details of the event today, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said the opening gala will be a celebration of “the best Irish cinema”. It will be the Irish premiere of ‘Calvary’, and John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly and other members of the star-studded cast (including some of Ireland’s best-known actors) will be in attendance. A limited number of tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, 18th December, at 10.00am.

In ‘Calvary’, Brendan Gleeson stars as Father James, a priest who has a week to put his affairs in order after being told he is marked for murder during a confession. Set against the stunning beauty of Ireland’s West Coast, the film also stars Kelly Reilly (‘Sherlock Holmes’), Domhnall Gleeson (‘About Time’), Chris O’Dowd (‘Bridesmaids’), Dylan Moran (‘Black Books’) and Aidan Gillen (‘Game of Thrones’).

Commenting further on the 2014 opening gala announcement, Gráinne Humphreys said: “2014 is going to be a vintage year for Irish cinema with an incredible line-up of new features and documentaries from emerging and established names. As the 2014 opening night presentation, John Michael McDonagh’s spectacular ‘Calvary’ will act as both a clarion call for the festival and for Irish cinema.”

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will take place from 13th to 23rd February 2014, marking the twelfth year of the festival. It has become a key annual event in Dublin’s cultural life, growing a strong international reputation and attracting a range of film heavyweights to Ireland over the years. Over 130 films are screened each year, attracting an audience of 41,000.

Additional Programme Announcements In addition to unveiling the opening film today, Gráinne Humphreys announced details of the four films that will screen in the hugely popular weekend morning slots at the Savoy Cinema during the festival. These are:

-‘No Limbs, No Limits’ – An intimate family portrait of young Corkwoman Joanne O’Riordan, who was born with no arms and legs as a result of the extremely rare ‘Total Amelia’ syndrome. The film – which was directed by O’Riordan’s brother, Steven – will screen at 11am on Saturday, 15th February. ·

‘Tracks’ – A beautifully composed and magnificently performed story about a young woman’s nine-month trek across the Australian desert. It will screen at 11am on Sunday, 16th February.

-‘Borgman’ – An unsettling, blackly comic fable from veteran Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam, which will screen at 11am on Saturday, 22nd February. – ‘Twenty Feet from Stardom’ – A moving and joyous behind-the-scenes documentary about the singers who provide backing vocals to the stars. It will screen at 11am on Sunday, 23rd February.

“The five films we have announced so far for the 2014 programme give a flavour of the quality and diversity you can expect from this year’s festival,” said Gráinne Humphreys. “As usual, we’ll be welcoming some of the best-known names in the industry to Dublin during festival season and we’ll be running a range of ancillary events to complement the programme of film screenings. Further details of our programme will be announced early in the new year.”

The funders and sponsors of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival include: Jameson Irish Whiskey, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, American Airlines, Toyota, Cineworld, The Merrion Hotel, The Irish Times, RTÉ, Windmill Lane, Wells Cargo,, Film Base and The Church.

Season tickets, gift vouchers and tickets for the weekend morning slots at the Savoy Cinema are on sale now from A limited number of tickets for the opening gala screening of ‘Calvary’ are on sale now.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….