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Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
Thursday, 12th February 2009

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

12 - 22 February 2009

The 2008 Cannes Palme DOr winner, the much anticipated first feature animation from Cartoon Saloon and a retrospective of the Belgian realist filmmaker Chantal Ackerman are just some of the delights in store for the 2009 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Following hot on the success of the 2008 festival, which saw a stellar line up of films and talent including Colin Farrell, Charlize Theron and Daniel Day Lewis, 2009 promises to be just as exciting! Whilst you will have to wait until January 21st to discover the full delights of the programme, below are just a few highlights to give you a taster of whats to come!

Taking place from the 12th 22nd February, the festival will feature over 130 film screenings from Ireland, Europe and across the world, many of which will be their first and only screening in Ireland. As well as the chance to catch some great movies, the festival holds many non screening events such as the Dublin City Libraries film quiz, which will see older people pit their film knowledge against each other, the Write Here Write Now screenwriting award in association with Walt Disney Motion Pictures, Q&A sessions and much, much, more.

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Jameson Dublin International Film Festival Early Highlights:

The Class (France, 2008)
Franois and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm for the low-paying job. Franois insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods...

The Secret of Kells (Belgium/Ireland/France, 2009)
Adventure, action and danger await 12 year old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. All will be revealed on March 6th, when the illuminated animation of THE SECRET OF KELLS (from the award-winning Director Tomm Moore and the acclaimed producers of SKUNK FU) shines its light in Irish cinemas nationwide.
With voice talent of Brendan Gleeson; Mick Lally and introducing Evan McGuire and Christen Mooney
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Let the Right One In (Sweden, 2008)
Sweedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson weaves friendship, rejection and loyalty into a disturbing and darkly atmospheric, yet poetic and unexpectedly tender tableau of adolescence. The feature is based on the best-selling vampire novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which the UK press qualified as reminiscent of Stephen King at his best.

Marley and Me (USA, 2008)
Adaptation of John Grogans best selling feelgood book starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson and, of course, a labrador called Marley.

Everlasting Moments (Denmark/Sweden, 2008)
From Academy Award-nominated Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell comes a true story from early 20th-century Sweden. In a time of social change and poverty, the young working-class woman Maria wins a camera in a lottery. The camera enables Maria to see the world through new eyes, but it also becomes a threat to her somewhat alcoholic womanizing husband, as it brings the charming photographer Pedersen into her life.

Chantal Ackerman Retrospective
The festival retrospective will this year feature Belgian filmmaker Chantal Ackerman, with screenings of Couch in New York/Un Divan a New York; From the East/Dest; On the Other Side/De lautre Cote; Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles; South and The Captive/La Captive.

Dublin City Public Libraries Older Peoples Film Quiz
After the success of last years partnership, Dublin City Public Libraries, in association with the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival are delighted to announce a very special film quiz. Libraries across the city, will field teams of three older people (over 55 years) who will compete in the film quiz final on February 7th in Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse St, Dublin 1.
For more details about this event contact your local library or visit or the festival website

Commenting on these early highlights, Humphreys said:
After an exciting year of exploring the best in world cinema, the 7th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival programme is almost complete and ready to be unveiled at the programme launch in January. To whet appetites I am delighted to offer a sneak preview of some of the films and events that will take place across the city in February.

The festival has also launched an exciting new marketing campaign, in which the real stars of the festival, the audience, will be telling us their favourite films, before hopefully discovering a new favourite in the 2009 festival. As the focus of our 2008 retrospective, Jonas Mekas, said: film can be very personaleveryone has their own.

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is now in its 7th year, and is one of the foremost cultural events of the year. The 2009 festival will take place from 12th 22nd February, with tickets going on sale at midnight 21st January at and full programme information becoming available at the same time. Christmas Gift Vouchers and Season Tickets are currently available at In 2008 the festival brought audiences a diverse range of cinematic gems, from gala presentations of In Bruges, There Will be Blood and U2:3D, to films like Dambe: The Mali Project, a Jonas Mekas retrospective and with special guests including Colin Farrell, Daniel Day Lewis, Stuart Townsend, Charlize Theron, Mike Leigh and U2 amongst others.

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