The full programme for ADIFF 2017 – running from 16th to 26th February – has just been released:
The world’s best films are coming to Audi Dublin International Film Festival from 16th-26th February 2017 with Vanessa Redgrave, Nathalie Baye, Kerry Fox, Ross Noble, Ben Wheatley, and Anna Friel joining top Irish talent Jack Reynor, Moe Dunford, Cillian Murphy, John Butler and Aiden Gillen on the red carpet.
Setting the agenda for the year in film, Audi Dublin International Film Festival launches its 15th sensational celebration of cinema today. The 2017 programme rolls out the red carpet in cinemas right across the city for a rich mix of new films from across the world accompanied by top International and Irish guest talent that will see tens of thousands of Irish film fans seek out new cinema experiences across the eleven days and nights of the festival.
Tickets go on sale online and the digital programme will be available to browse and download from 6.30pm on 18th Jan at www.diff.ie. Tickets are available by phone on +353 1 687 7974 or in person at DIFF, 13 Ormond Quay from 10am Thurs 19th Jan.
GALA AND WORLD PREMIERES
Sally Hawkins in Aisling Walsh’s Maudie
The Gala Opening Night of ADIFF 2017 will be the Irish Premiere of Maudie, the internationally acclaimed biopic of folk artist Maud Lewis by award-winning Irish director Aisling Walsh (Song for a Raggy Boy) and starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.
Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture, adapted from the award-winning novel by Sebastian Barry, will receive a Gala Irish Premiere and see ADIFF present a Volta Award to Vanessa Redgrave. The Volta Award is the Festival’s most prestigious honour, reserved for those who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of film.
Top Irish talent Jack Reynor, Cillian Murphy and Ben Wheatley will attend the Audi Gala screening of Wheatley’s new film Free Fire. ADIFF’s new Centrepiece Gala will be Neasa Ní Chianán and David Rane’s In Loco Parentis documentary study of the Headfort School.
Witness film history in the making at one of the many World Premieres at ADIFF17 including Juanita Wilson’s Tomato Red with cast member Anna Friel in attendance; Dennis Bartok’s terrifying hospital horror Nails; and Aiden Gillen and Jamie Thraves’ Pickups that features Gillen playing a semi-fictionalised version of himself, a troubled actor weighing the price of success.
The Arts Council and ADIFF’s Reel Art documentary commissions receive their World Premieres at the Irish Film Institute. Ken Wardrop (His & Hers) brings his characteristic warmth and humanity to piano grade exams in The Piano Lesson while John Murray and Traolach Ó Murchú’s Photo City delves into the celluloid history of Rochester, NY.
Rounding up a stellar festival at ADIFF’s prestigious Closing Night Gala is the Irish premiere of Handsome Devil, John Butler’s (The Stag) new comedy-drama set in an Irish boarding school.
Three international screen actors, Nathalie Baye, Kerry Fox and François Cluzet, will attend the festival, each giving tour-de-force performances that build on already remarkable careers. French screen icon Baye becomes the target of a dangerous obsession in Moka; New Zealander Fox features as the uncompromising acting teacher in The Rehearsal and gives us a welcome look back at her stunning performance in Jane Campion’s An Angel at My Table; and known internationally for his performance in international hit The Intouchables, this year Cluzet stars in stylish paranoia thriller Scribe.
From Bhutan to New Zealand, Seoul to Senegal, Nova Scotia to Manila – ADIFF’s world cinema programme feature films from over 35 countries including vital new films from established auteurs to the Festival including Olivier Assayas, Pablo Larraín, Michael Winterbottom, Aki Kaurismäki, Ben Wheatley, Asghar Farhadi, Cristian Mungiu, Lone Scherfig and Terence Davies.
In 2011, Iko Uwais’ flying fists and lightning-fast feet in The Raid hailed a new hero of action cinema. Now Uwais returns as the hero of Headshot (an ADIFF Special Presentation) bringing his astounding fighting skills to this tale of amnesia and revenge.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND AWARDS
The meeting point between audiences, critics, talent and industry that the Festival provides extends far beyond the cinema screen in the ADIFF Special Events. A singular master of film adaptations, Terence Davies will take part in a public interview with Roddy Doyle. Masterclasses include Oscar-winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne, in association with Warner Bros. Creative Talent, whose credits range from the upcoming Jungle Book to Hamlet to Doctor Strange; and leading British director Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Free Fire). Celebrating and documenting the current high point in Irish film, ADIFF will present an exhibition by Hugh O’Conor featuring intimate portraits of his colleagues in the Irish film industry.
An annual treat for the brave and the bold, the Surprise Film is a tightly guarded secret known only to the Festival Director.
Alongside the Volta Awards that recognise outstanding achievement, the ADIFF Discovery Award sees the festival reward emerging Irish talent; the Dublin Film Critics Circle Jerk selects the best of the festival for their awards ceremony; and filmgoers themselves select their favourite with the AUDI-ence award. The AUDI-ence award-winning filmmakers will be flown to the Berlin International Film Festival in 2018, where they will enjoy a true VIP Audi experience.