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Film fans should already be starting to get hyper-excited about the forthcoming Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014 – especially when they learn that the keynote speakers are to be none other than internationally renowned actor Richard Dreyfuss and legendary filmmaker Terry Gilliam. Both will appear during screenings and to receive a Volta Award (presented from the Festival to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film). Last year’s winners of the Volta Award included Danny De Vito and Tim Roth while recent guests at the festival have included Mike Leigh, Colin Firth, Glenn Close, Mark Wahlberg, Tilda Swinton, Martin Sheen and Daniel Day Lewis. More than 140 films will be shown in various venues throughout the city during the now hugely successful Film Festival week which runs from Thursday 13 to Sunday 23, February and celebrates the biggest and best in international Irish film. The Festival isn’t just about screening though – it also includes master classes and workshops for would-be directors, producers, screenwriters and actors. filmfestival image via Richard Dreyfus Richard Dreyfus, famous his roles in blockbuster movies such as scary 80s movie Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, will be present at a screening of his latest film Cas & Dylan and will hang around afterwards to answer questions from star struck fans. Jaws will also be shown – for anyone who hasn’t actually seen it yet or just fancies seeing it for the 10th time. Terry Gilliam Many people will remember him from his Monty Python days but Terry Gilliam is about far more than just comedy. He went on to make many successful movies including The Fisher King, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and Brazil (the latter nominated for two Academy Awards). He’ll discuss his latest film, The Zero Theorem, at the Festival. Festival unveiling This year celebrates the 14th annual Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The film chosen to kick off the event is the comic thriller Calvary, set on Ireland’s west coast and starring Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson, at the city’s Savoy Cinema on Thursday, 13 February. The Festival’s director Gráinne Humphreys described this year’s line up as “a vintage year for Irish cinema” and said it had an incredible line-up of new features and documentaries from emerging and established names.” Four films which are to appear in popular weekend morning showings are: •    No Limbs, No Limits – intimate family portrait of young Cork woman Joanne O’Riordan, who was born with no arms and legs. The film was directed by her brother (11am on Saturday, 15th February). •    Tracks – a young woman’s nine-month trek across the Australian desert (11am on Sunday, 16th February). •    Borgman – a black comedy from Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam (11am on Saturday, 22nd February). •    Twenty Feet from Stardom – a behind-the-scenes documentary about singers providing backing vocals to stars (11am on Sunday, 23rd February). Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the film festivals top offerings by booking a room at the Sandymount Hotel today – then all you have to worry about is nabbing the best tickets. Get online now!

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