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Irish film Calvary to open JDIFF 2014

1 of 1 Calvary - Reunites Brendan Gleeson with The Guard writer-director John Michael McDonagh
Calvary - Reunites Brendan Gleeson with The Guard writer-director John Michael McDonagh

It has been announced that the Brendan Gleeson-starring Calvary will have its Irish premiere as the opening gala for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) 2014 on Thursday February 13, with tickets on sale now.

Reuniting Gleeson with The Guard writer-director John Michael McDonagh, Calvary tells the story of a priest who must battle the dark forces in his small country town.

The film also stars Marie-Josée Croze, Isaach De Bankolé, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson, David McSavage, Dylan Moran, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Pat Shortt and David Wilmot.

JDIFF Director Gráinne Humphreys said the opening gala will be a celebration of "the best Irish cinema". The gala will see director McDonagh, stars Gleeson and Reilly and other members of the cast attend the screening at Dublin's Savoy Cinema.

Humphreys added: "2014 is going to be a vintage year for Irish cinema, with an incredible line-up of new features and documentaries from emerging and established names.

"As the 2014 opening night presentation, we’re honoured to have the Irish premiere of John Michael McDonagh's spectacular Calvary, a remarkable example of the strength of the Irish film industry at the moment."

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival runs from February 13 to 23. For more details, visit: www.jdiff.com.

Calvary will be released on April 11 and receives its world premiere at next month's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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