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Top talent announced for Dublin Film Festival

Film buffs will be pleased to hear the line-up for the upcoming Dublin Film Festival – which include Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Kevin Spacey and Richard Ayoade.

Actors Maura Tierney and Charlene McKenna launch the Programme of the 2011 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin.
Actors Maura Tierney and Charlene McKenna launch the Programme of the 2011 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE LINEUP FOR next month’s Jameson Dublin Film Festival 2011 (JDIFF) has been announced – and movie buffs will be pleased to hear that special guests will include Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Kevin Spacey and Richard Ayoade.

The festival will run from 17 – 27 February and will feature over 130 screenings as well as panel discussions, public interviews and industry masterclasses. Other special guests will include Loach, Jim Loach, Guillaume Canet, Harry Shearer, Timothy Spall, Aiden Gillen, Eva Birthistle, George Nolfi, Fiona Glascott and Andrew Scott.

Launching the JDIFF programme in Dublin yesterday were award-winning actors Maura Tierney (Liar Liar) and IFTA nominee Charlene McKenna (RAW). The festival will open with Submarine – the directorial debut of Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh).

A host of Irish premiers will take place over the 11 days, including: Oranges and Sunshine - Jim Loach; The Adjustment Bureau – George Nolfi; The Way – Emilio Estevez; and Unknown – Jaume Collet-Serra.

This year’s festival will also give special focus to Romanian cinema, with screenings of The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu and comedy feature Hello, How Are You?.

The spotlight will also fall on Latin cinema with a screening of Diego Luna’s directorial debut Abel.

Documentaries will include Mark Cousins’ The First Movie, and Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary Cave Of Forgotten Dreams. Herzog will engage in a post-screening Q&A via satellite link.

The festival will also launch a Cult Film Club, which will allow film fans to watch their favourite movies at screenings staged to “transport viewers into the film’s universe”.

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