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Spotlight on Ireland at Dublin fest

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Ireland will be firmly in focus at the 6th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (February 15-24) with the Irish Film Board announcing increased investment in the event. Consequently, several new events will promote Irish talent, films and Ireland as a film location.

The opening film In Bruges [+see also:
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will see director Martin McDonagh and stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in attendance. The festival’s profile also receives a huge boost with the news that star Daniel Day Lewis (who lives in Ireland) and director Paul Thomas Anderson will attend the gala screening of There Will Be Blood.

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The festival will also premiere several Irish films including Joel Conroy’s ravishing feature documentary Wave Riders, shot off the North West Irish coast, showcasing champion surfer Kelly Slater. Other highlights include Marian Quinn’s debut and Berlin selection 32A [+see also:
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and Neasa Ní Chianáin, a documentary on the poet Cathal O’Searcaigh.

The closing gala will be Declan RecksEden. A special screening of IFB award winning short films will take place again this year, screening a selection of short films that highlight an eclectic mix of new and established filmmakers.

The festival will also spotlight Irish film talents: filmmaker Margo Harkin (director of Bloody Sunday [+see also:
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cinematographer Tim Fleming and award-winning filmmaker Ken Wardrop, promoting them to the international film industry.

In addition, the festival will present five films made in Dublin, screening in the very site where they were shot, including Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx, The First Great Train Robbery and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

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