The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival officially opened tonight (Thursday 19th) with the Irish premiere screening of the Eileen Gray biopic The Price of Desire. Orla Brady, who stars in the film as the famous Irish architect and furniture designer, was in attendance along with writer and director Mary McGuckian.

The 13th edition of the Festival takes place from 19th – 29th March, offering a diverse and exciting programme that will see an array of acting legends visit Dublin, such as Julie Andrews, Ryan O’Neal, Danny Huston, Kim Cattrall and Vincent Perez and Irish talents such as Orla Brady, Jack Reynor and Robbie Sheehan.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director says “It’s a great programme with  a stellar line-up which is exactly as it should be for the best film audiences in the world”

Lily James and Cate Blanchett in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Disney's Cinderella, screening Saturday 21st.

Lily James and Cate Blanchett in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Disney’s Cinderella, screening Saturday 21st.

Festival highlights include many gala screenings at The Savoy Cinema including The Water Diviner on Friday 20th March with Russell Crowe back in Dublin for his directorial debut. Kenneth Branagh’s magical fairytale adaptation Cinderella will screen on Saturday 21st March with Branagh present for a special Q&A.  Stanley Kubrick’s epic film Barry Lyndon will also screen on Saturday 21st with star Ryan O’Neal and producer Jan Harlan in attendance. Kim Cattrall’s new TV series will screen exclusively to an Irish audience in Movies@Dundrum on  Thursday 26th, and on the closing weekend Alan Rickman will be in town to showcase his picturesque period film A Little Chaos, in which he acts and directs, on Saturday 28th March.

Festival gems to note for the diary include two fantastic films from Irish filmmaker Tadhg O’Sullivan, The Great Wall on Monday 23rd March in the IFI and Yximalloo on Saturday 28th in the Light House. Shoulder the Lion an incredible documentary centering on three creative people, who overcome disability to create art, offers stimulating viewing on Thursday 26th March at Screen cinema with filmmaker Erinnisse Rebisz in attendance.

The Festival is delighted to announce that there will be a new ticketing system introduced this year through a scanning system, supplied by Ticketsolve. As JDIFF’s ticketing partner, Ticketsolve are excited to bring the latest in scanning technology to this year’s festival.  Traditional scanning requires patrons to print a physical ticket and bring it to the show. Two direction scanning – which JDIFF will employ this year – allows tickets to be scanned directly from mobile devices. This means a faster entry for patrons, and
importantly, a seamless experience from purchase to entry.

Vinnie Jones in Jameson Cult Film Club choice LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS

Vinnie Jones in Jameson Cult Film Club choice Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

The interactive Jameson Cult Film Club screening is widely regarded as one of the most hotly anticipated events in the JDIFF schedule, and this year is no different. Jameson are kicking off the 2015 series of  Cult Film Club screenings with Guy Richie’s crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels which will be screening during JDIFF in a secret location on Monday 23rd March. One of the film’s title characters, ‘Eddy’, aka actor Nick Moran will  be present for an exclusive Q&A with the audience before the movie, hosted by Dave Fanning. Scannain has tickets to give away to the Cult Film Club screening; find out more here.

The complete festival programme is now available to view from the festival website jdiff.com. Tickets can be booked in person at the Festival Box Office at 13 Lower Ormond Quay, or at ticket offices in Cineworld or the Light House.

The Festival is supported by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon,  The Irish Film Board, Jameson, The Irish Times, Entertainment.ie, RTE  Radio One, Toyota, The Merrion Hotel, Wells Cargo, Cineworld, The Church and Windmill Lane.

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