JDIFF 2014 Preview – Movies to see

Calvary - John Michael McDonagh

The programme for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014 has just been released and there’s more than a few gems in there. The festival runs from February 13th to 23rd in a number of cinemas around the city. The films are loosely broken into different sections such as Irish, Official Selection International, Reel to Reel and Out of the past, there’s also a number of industry events and talks that sound interesting.

As ever, these movies are hot off the press and largely not reviewed, so there is an element of risk involved, but it’s a chance to see some movies that will never be released and for the ones that will, you can see them a month or so before you friends. Go take some risks, and check out the festival web site here.

Here are a few movies that caught our eye from…

Calvary – A murder mystery set in Sligo that reunites McDonagh and Gleeson. It’s the Gala screening of the festival, so get clicking, as they’ll go in seconds!

Director: John Michael McDonagh

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Domhnall Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran, Aidan Gillen

Mother of George – “Visually sumptuous drama finds a young Nigerian-American woman struggling to reconcile a new life and marriage in New York with the traditions of her homeland.”

Director: Andrew Dosunmu

Big Sur – “Jean-Marc Barr is a middle-aged, alcoholic Jack Kerouac trying to outrun his demons in Michael Polish’s deft adaptation of the writer’s 1962 novel.”

Director: Michael Polish

Only Lovers Left Alive – Shifting between the vibrant exoticism of Tangier and the grey streets of Detroit, Only Lovers Left Alive follows the romantic path of reclusive musician Adam and his beloved Eve, a pair of centuries-old vampires reuniting after a spell apart.

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt

The Grand Budapest Hotel – “From his audacious debut Bottle Rocket to the sparkling Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson has created a singular body of work and stands aloof within the pantheon of contemporary American cinema.”

Director: Wes Anderson

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux

Come into the Gardens – “There is one way in and one way out of St Teresa’s Gardens, a flat complex in Dublin’s south inner city, a community that missed out on the large-scale regeneration it was promised, being left instead with a ghost town.”

Director: Maud Hendricks

Stranger by the Lake – “One of the most talked about and lauded films at Cannes 2013, Stranger by the Lake is an intoxicating account of one heathen summer by a French lake, populated by men, gay and straight, dressed and undressed, hunter and prey.”

Director: Alain Guiraudie

The Congress – “Ari Forman follows his groundbreaking animated documentary Waltz with Bashir with an equally bold and brilliant movie. A meta-textual Hollywood satire starring Robin Wright as herself, it morphs midway into a full blown sci-fi cartoon, but only to cut even closer to the philosophical bone in its investigation of femininity, fantasy and virtual reality.”

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