Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2018

Audi Dublin International Film Festival brings the world’s best films to Dublin with its spectacular 16th edition that includes 7 World Premieres and a total of over 100 features, nearly all receiving their Irish Premiere. ADIFF is Ireland’s most prestigious film festival and sets the agenda for the year in film.

The Opening Gala of ADIFF 2018 will be the Irish premiere of Black 47, the most hotly-anticipated Irish film of the year. Lance Daly directs this gripping, pulsating thriller, set during Ireland’s Great Famine with an all-star cast including Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Moe Dunford and Barry Keoghan. Lance Daly and members of the cast will attend.

Nominated for an Oscar, director Nora Twomey will attend the long-awaited Irish Premiere Special Presentation of her animated drama The Breadwinner. The latest from Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon is a powerful story of an Afghan girl passing as a boy to work to help her family survive.

Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave will receive one of the two 2018 ADIFF Volta Awards, the festival’s most prestigious award, for her lifetime of achievement in cinema at the Gala Irish premiere of her passionate new documentary on the refugee crisis, Sea Sorrow. Her co-director and son Carlo Nero will also attend.

Paul Schrader will also receive a Volta Award and is honoured for his extensive work as a director and screenwriter. Schrader’s acclaimed new film First Reformed starring Ethan Hawke will receive its Gala Irish Premiere at the festival. He will also give an in-depth public talk and, as this year’s Guest Curator, will introduce three classic films that have inspired his work.

Rounding off the festival with the ultimate in escapist cinema, ADIFF 2018’s Closing Gala is C’est La Vie, a funny, irreverent and charming French film.

Irish Film and Talent

ADIFF 2018 is packed with Irish talent, with more homegrown highlights including Irish premieres of Aoife McArdle’s incendiary debut, Kissing Candice; Alan Gilsenan’s visceral and highly-charged new film, The Meeting; and Good Favour, the third feature from Rebecca Daly which sees a religious community give shelter to an enigmatic outsider.

The Irish documentary line-up features world premieres of Paul Duane’s While You Live, Shine and this year’s Arts Council Reel Art commissions, Rouzbeh Rashidi’s Phantom Islands and Niall McCann’s The Science of Ghosts; and Irish premieres of Sinéad O’Shea’s A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot; Donal Foreman’s The Image You Missed; Feargal Ward’s The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid; Dónal O’Céilleachair’s The Camino Voyage and the Dublin premiere of Pat Collins’ Twilight.

One of the most popular and revered slots in the programme, the identity of the Surprise Film is a tightly-guarded secret known only to the Festival Director, tickets for this one always sell-out fast, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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