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JDIFF opens with Calvary's Irish premiere

1 of 1 Brendan Gleeson, John Michael McDonagh and Aidan Gillen at Calvary's Irish premiere at the Savoy Cinema
Brendan Gleeson, John Michael McDonagh and Aidan Gillen at Calvary's Irish premiere at the Savoy Cinema

Actor Brendan Gleeson was joined by his Calvary director and co-stars at the film's Irish premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in the Savoy Cinema on Thursday night.

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.

Speaking to RTÉ TEN about the Irish premiere of the film, which has already screened at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals, Gleeson said: "This is fantastic. I missed Sundance because I got ill on the morning I was supposed to travel, which was very disappointing. But I heard it was great in the room, and then I saw it in Berlin."

Gleeson added: "But coming home to open the Dublin [film festival] – this is the home film festival – is very, very special. It's brilliant."

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

It will be released in Ireland on Friday April 11.

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival runs until Sunday February 23. For more, see: www.jdiff.com.

Killian Scott, John Michael McDonagh and Aidan Gillen

Killian Scott, John Michael McDonagh and Aidan Gillen

 Marie-Josée Croze

 Marie-Josée Croze

John Hurt

John Hurt

Dylan Moran

Dylan Moran

Anna Malmhake and Brendan Gleeson

Anna Malmhake and Brendan Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson meets the fans

Domhnall Gleeson meets the fans

Calvary co-producer Lizzie Eves and husband John Michael McDonagh

Calvary co-producer Lizzie Eves and husband John Michael McDonagh

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan and Jackie Ryan

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan and Jackie Ryan

JDIFF Director Gráinne Humphreys, Brendan Gleeson and Jackie Ryan

JDIFF Director Gráinne Humphreys, Brendan Gleeson and Jackie Ryan

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