Irish stars set to shine at Dublin’s film festival

OSCAR-NOMINATED Daniel Day-Lewis is among the big screen stars turning out at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival.

The actor will attend a gala screening of critically acclaimed movie There Will be Blood, for which he has already scooped a clutch of prestigious awards for hisportrayal as a ruthless oil baron.

The British-born film legend — who has Irish citizenship and lives in Co Wicklow — is best known for his electrifying performances in My Left Foot, In The Name of the Father and The Boxer.

Other Irish favourites Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and writer and director Martin McDonagh are also on the guest list for the week-long festival boasting the European premiere of U2’s long-awaited 3D film U23D.

Festival director Grainne Humphreys, said she was honoured to be welcoming a stunning array of talent to the extravaganza during her first year in charge.

“Dublin has the best cinema-going audience in the world and to be able to reward them with such riches is a real honour,” she said.

More than 40,000 filmgoers are expected at the sixth Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, which runs over 10 days from February 15 to 24.

As well as gala screenings of There Will be Blood, U23D and In Bruges, there will be features on Joy Division, Maria Callas, Liam O’Maonlai and the silent classic Pandora’s Box.

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