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Actors Kim Cattrall, Danny Huston and director Laurent Cantet at JDIFF 15


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The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival has got off to a roaring start, beginning with the opening gala screening of The Price of Desire and the appearances of an amazing array of guests such as Russell Crowe, Kenneth Branagh, Ryan O’Neal and Robert Sheehan. Fortunately for Dublin film-lovers, the festival offers even more guests, events and screenings in the coming days.

Actress Kim Cattrall brings us an exclusive look at her new Sky Arts television show Sensitive Skin to Movies@Dundrum this evening, followed by a public interview with the award winning actress. The admired actress has had an esteemed career in cinema, theatre and television which includes her roles in 80’s classics Mannequinn and Big Trouble in Little China as well as her iconic portrayal of alpha female Samantha Jones in HBO’s Sex and the City, for which she was nominated for five Emmys, four Golden Globes and two Screen Actors Guild awards. Sensitive Skin is a canadian black comedy, based on the critically acclaimed 2005 British tv series of the same name starring Joanna Lumley. Cattrall, who is also an executive producer of the series, stars as Davina, a former model and actress who struggles in the midst of a middle aged crisis who struggles with sexual temptation and professional jealously.

Friday brings both homegrown talent and international stars to the Festival with screenings of Pressure and Glassland. The outstanding Irish drama Glassland will be screened on Friday 27th in the Light House Cinema at 6.30pm, with the director Gerard Barrett and cast members Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Michael Smiley (Kill List, Ripper Street) in attendence. Glassland, which, also stars Toni Colette, is the latest offering from young directed talent Gerard Barrett (Pilgrim Hill) and focuses on a young dublin taxi driver and his alcoholic mother.

Pressure is a suspense thriller about a team of saturation divers who find themselves trapped in a diving pod hundreds of feet below the surface of the sea. The film, directed by Ron Scalpello, will be screened on Friday 27th at 9.00pm in Cineworld, with the director and cast memebers Danny Huston and Alan McKenna in attendence. Danny Huston, half-brother of Angelica Huston and son of director John Huston, is part of a great filmmaking dynasty and known for his roles in films such as The Aviator and Marie Antoinette.

JDIFF is also delighted to welcome acclaimed French director Laurent Cantet to the Festival to screen his latest film and will also be the recipient of this year’s third Volta award. Cantet received the Palme D’Or in Cannes for the film Entre les murs, which was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foriegn Language Film in 2008. The directers latest work, Return to Ithaca will be screened on Friday 27th March at 9.15pm in Screen Cinema and is a moving film about a disenchated generation, set on a Havana rooftop. This is an ummissable event for any cinephile, who can experience the latest in European art house film in the company of the hugely influential director.

Other festival highlights include We Are Young, We Are Strong (Friday 27th March in Cineworld at 6.00pm) Melbourne (Friday 27 March at 6.00pm) and Bertolucci On Bertolucci (Friday 27 March, Screen at 6.45pm) Return To Ithaca in Screen Cinema (Friday 27 March at 9.15pm) and The Last Man On The Moon in Savoy (Sunday at 2pm) Dare to be Wild (Thursday 26 March in the Light House at 8.30pm), Shoulder the Lion (Thursday 26th March at 6.00pm) Carol Morley's beautiful film The Falling starring Maisie Williams (Saturday 28th March at 6.00pm) and Irish horror The Canal (Saturday 28 March, the Light House at 8.30pm), starring Rupert Evans and Antonia Campell Hughes.