The Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF17) taking place February 16 to 26, 2017, will open with the Irish Premiere of Maudie, the internationally acclaimed biopic of folk artist Maud Lewis by award-winning Irish director Aisling Walsh (Song for a Raggy Boy); and will close with John Butler’s Handsome Devil, a comedy-drama set in an Irish boarding school,
Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture adapted from the award-winning novel by Sebastian Barry, will receive a Gala Irish Premiere and the festival will present Vanessa Redgrave with the Volta Award.
Jack Reynor and Cillian Murphy will join director Ben Wheatley at the Audi Gala screening of Free Fire. Neasa Ní Chianán and David Rane’s documentary study of the Headfort School, In Loco Parentis, will be ADIFF’s new Centrepiece Gala.
ADIFF17 will feature many premieres including Juanita Wilson’s Tomato Red; Dennis Bartok’s terrifying hospital horror Nails; Aiden Gillen and Jamie Thraves’ Pickups that features Gillen playing a semi-fictionalized version of himself; Reel Art documentaries The Piano Lesson by Ken Wardrop and John Murray & Traolach Ó Murchú’s Photo City.
Speaking at the Program Launch, Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director, said: “I’m thrilled with the selection of films that we are bringing to Dublin for the Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2017 that not only showcases some of the biggest names in world cinema but features a selection of first time directors from across the globe who will make a serious impression with our audience in this and in coming years. To be able to include new Irish films from Aisling Walsh, Jim Sheridan, Emer Reynolds, Aiden Gillen, John Butler, Neasa Ní Chianán, Juanita Wilson and Ken Wardrop as just some of the Irish filmmakers in the festival is an extraordinary testament to the current strength and depth of the Irish film industry. I hope that as many Dubliners as possible take this chance to explore and celebrate the art of film – the festival is open to everyone.”