Dublin film fes­ti­val preview

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A driv­ing force be­hind the US in­de­pen­dent cin­ema move­ment, Jonas Mekas will be a guest at the sixth Jame­son Dublin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, which will present a short sea­son of his work. Now 75, Mekas was born in Lithua­nia and was put in Ger­man labour camps dur­ing the sec­ond World War. Mov­ing to New York in the late 1940s, he be­came the first film critic for the Vil­lage Voice and he be­gan to make his own ex­per­i­men­tal films in the 1960s.

New movies al­ready con­firmed for the fes­ti­val in­clude Swoon di­rec­tor Tom Kalin’s Sav­age Grace, which fea­tures Ju­lianne Moore, Stephen Dil­lane and Ed­die Red­mayne.

Di­rec­tor Joel Conroy and pro­ducer Margo Harkin will in­tro­duce the world pre­miere of Wave Rid­ers, their doc­u­men­tary on surf­ing off the north­west coast of Ire­land.

The fes­ti­val will show Katyn, the new film from the great Pol­ish di­rec­tor An­drzej Wa­jda, and there will be a spe­cial screen­ing of FW Pabst’s 1929 clas­sic Pan­dora’s Box, star­ring Louise Brooks and ac­com­pa­nied by a live per­for­mance of the score by 3ep­kano. The fes­ti­val runs from Fe­bru­ary 15th to 24th. www.dublin­iff.com

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