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John Carney’s Sing Street to open Dublin

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- Paddy Breathnach’s Viva will close the 14th edition of the festival

John Carney’s Sing Street to open Dublin
Sing Street by John Carney

The Dublin International Film Festival (18-28 February) will open with the European premiere of Sing Street [+see also:
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(Ireland/US/UK), attended by director John Carney and cast members Jack Reynor, Ferdia Walsh Peelo and Lucy Boynton, and closes with Paddy Breathnach’s Viva [+see also:
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(Ireland/Cuba). Festival highlights include Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan (US), Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise [+see also:
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(UK), Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs [+see also:
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(Norway/France/Denmark) and the 20th-anniversary celebration of Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins (Ireland/UK/US). The festival will feature more than 80 films from 27 countries.

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The festival will also feature international award winners, including Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang [+see also:
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(France/Germany/Turkey/Qatar), László Nemes’ Cannes Grand Prix winner Son of Saul [+see also:
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(Hungary), Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto [+see also:
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(Mexico/France), Sebastián Silva’s Berlin International Film Festival Best Feature winner Nasty Baby (US/Chile) and Miguel Gomes’ multi-award-winning Arabian Nights [+see also:
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trilogy (Portugal/France/Germany/Switzerland).

As always, Dublin has a strong focus on Irish cinema and selections include Rebecca Daly’s Mammal [+see also:
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, Declan RecksThe Truth Commissioner, Paul O’Brien’s Staid [+see also:
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Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy’s Traders [+see also:
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, Johnny Gogan’s Hubert Butler: Witness to the Future, Risteard O’Domhnaill’s Atlantic, Aodh Ó Coileáin’s Fís na Fuiseoige and Teresa O’Grady-Peyton’s The Judas Iscariot Lunch.

Festival director Gráinne Humphreys said, “This year’s festival is a Valentine to cinema, celebrating world and Irish film, and championing the work of both established and emerging talent.”

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