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Monday 11 December 2017

Lights, camera, action ... Jack and Aisling help to launch film festival

Irish actors Jack Reynor (Glassland, What Richard Did), Aisling Franciosi (The Fall, Quirke ) and director Gerard Barrett (Glassland, Pilgrim Hill)(Left) pictured launching the programme for the 2015 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
Irish actors Jack Reynor (Glassland, What Richard Did), Aisling Franciosi (The Fall, Quirke ) and director Gerard Barrett (Glassland, Pilgrim Hill)(Left) pictured launching the programme for the 2015 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
Irish actors Jack Reynor (Glassland, What Richard Did), Aisling Franciosi (The Fall, Quirke ) pictured launching the programme for the 2015 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Man of the moment Jack Reynor and actress Aisling Franciosi were on hand to launch the 13th annual Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) yesterday.

Reynor and a host of Hollywood heavyweights including Dame Julie Andrews, Russell Crowe, Kim Cattrall and Alan Rickman will all flit between screenings during the course of JDIFF.

Director of the Festival Grainne Humphreys is hopeful the star-studded guest list will reduce any sense of snobbery or elitism surrounding the festival.

"Names like Julie Andrews bring a bigger and broader audience to the festival," she said.

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"People may have thought JDIFF was for cinephiles but having people like Julie Andrews and Russell Crowe makes it inclusive and fun."

Some 130 films from more than 38 countries, including Korea, Denmark, US, Brazil and Russia will be screened during the course of the 11-day event.

JDIFF will kick off with the Irish premiere of The Price of Desire starring Orla Brady and Alanis Morissette and will end with 1965 classic The Sound of Music.

Dame Andrews and Kenneth Branagh will both be presented with Volta Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Russell Crowe will present a screening of his directorial debut, The Water Diviner while Alan Rickman will promote his feature A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet.

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