Saturday, January 20, 2007

Sneak Preview of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Highlights from their press release:

Selected for the Sundance Film Festival, John Carney’s ONCE is a modern-day musical set on the streets of Dublin, starring Glenn Hansard which tells the story of a busker and an immigrant who fall in love over an eventful week, as they write, rehearse and record a number of songs.

CRÉ NA CILLE is the first ever Irish language feature film in JDIFF. It is directed by Robert Quinn whose Dead Bodies was the closing film of the first JDIFF in 2003.

Nominated for five categories including Best Film at the IFTA’s and starring Iain Glen, SMALL ENGINE REPAIR is a comedy drama about a man who goes from small town zero to country and western musical hero. Doug, an aspiring country singer, has spent his life as a loser in a small town with nobody taking his heartbreaking voice and talent as a musician seriously. His wife has left him and only his best friend believes in him. But Doug has one last chance to make it…

Films without distribution that will have their only Irish cinema screening at JDIFF include Woody Allen’s SCOOP which stars Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson; COLOUR ME KUBRICK starring John Malkovich is an insider look at the making of the great director’s last film Eyes Wide Shut and another iconoclast of the cinema, Lars Von Trier has granted a rare screening of his latest work and a return to the black humour of his earlier work with THE BOSS OF IT ALL. New documentaries on show will include French director Philippe Pilard's film, NEIL JORDAN, PORTRAIT.

Some titles that reflect the best available from the current awards season include Zhang Yimou’s epic CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER – a front runner for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and HALF NELSON which stars Ryan Gosling who has received several awards already and may well get an Oscar nomination.

(The all CAPS format is a copy and paste from the press release)

Can't wait to see Curse of the Golden Flower!! :o)

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