The audiences were the biggest winners at this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, with insightful Q&As, special events and screenings of an amazing range of Irish and international films. Welcoming some of cinemas leading lights such as Al Pacino, Martin Sheen, Glenn Close, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Madsen, Whit Stillman, Kenneth Lonergan, Agnieszka Holland and Marjane Satrapi, this year was truly a special celebration of ten years of the festival.
Commenting at the Closing Gala screening of Ian Fitzgibbon’s Death of a Superhero, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said: “It has been a busy, thrilling festival - with world premieres and old classics, Irish and international. Hollywood legends and emerging world talent shared their films and their passion with Irish audiences, it was a festival to remember for so many of us, better get started on next year.”
Welsh director Gareth Evans’ Indonesian martial arts film,The Raid, proved a hot favourite with both critics and audiences alike; scooping both the coveted Audience Award, and the Dublin Film Critics Circle Best Film – the first time both awards have gone to the same film.
Other titles in the running for the hotly contested Audience Award included JJ Rolfe’s independent Irish skateboarding documentary Hill Street, which charts the evolution of skateboarding culture in Ireland from its early roots the 1980s; Susanne Rostock’s biographical documentary, Sing Your Song, which surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte; Maurice Sweeney’s historical drama-doc Saving the Titanic and Agnieszka Holland’s Academy Award nominated In Darkness.
The Dublin Film Critics Circle also selected Nuala: A Life and Death as Best Irish film; Michael Fuith as Best Actor for his role in Markus Schleinzer’s Michael; Greta Gerwig as Best Actress for her role in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress; Best Screenplay went to Joseph Cedar’s Footnote; Best Documentary to Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson’s epic Samsara and Nuri Bilge Ceylan was announced as Best Director for Once Upon A Time In Anatolia. Special Jury Awards by the Critics were given to director Ivan Kavanagh for Tin Can Man; director Ruben Östlund for Play; actress Aisling Loftus for her role in Death of a Superhero and director/writers Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi for Chicken with Plums. The annual Michael Dwyer Discovery Award was this year presented to Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride for his work on Silence.
Honoring career achievement, the Volta award was this year given to three hugely worthwhile recipients: Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgärd, who celebrated the festival’s 10th birthday and programme launch for 2012, was awarded the Volta for his work in both Scandinavian and English language film; director, producer, distributor and cinema chain owner Marin Karmitz was awarded the Volta for his work promoting and supporting French independent film and Hollywood legend Al Pacino was awarded the Volta by President Michael D. Higgins for his outstanding contribution to film.
The winner of the UNTITLED Screenwriting competition, run in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board was announced as Jamie Hannigan and Michael Kinirons with their noir thriller Come Monday, We Kill Them All. The competition involved a public presentation an idea for a feature film with the theme of ‘1916’, in order to win a First Draft Development Loan of up to €16,000.Discussion