At this year’s Dublin Film Festival, movie-mad Dubliners can choose from more than 80 films from 24 countries.
The 16th annual fest runs this year from Feb. 28 to March 8, and while it boasts no world premieres, it has lined up such special events as a Fritz Lang retrospective and “James Dean: The Television Work,” a baker’s dozen of his appearances from 1951 to 1956 on such shows as the Kraft Television Theater, the U.S. Steel Hour, and Armstrong Circle Theater.
Also scheduled is an Ettore Scola retro and screenings of Bertrand Tavernier’s “These Foolish Things,” Rob Reiner’s “Misery,” Ken Loach’s “Hidden Agenda,” Louis Malle’s “May Fools,” Paul Cox’ “Golden Braid,” Stephen Frears’ “The Grifters” and, the closing film, Woody Allen’s “Alice.”
Three programs of shorts by Irish filmmakers, mostly young, will be screened. Also likely to be of interest to a native audience is “Other Visions,” a program of experimental films in Super 8, video and 16m by Irish filmmakers. Thaddeus O’Sullivan, whose “December Bride” world preemed at the 1990 festival, rounds out the Irish work at this year’s show with a new 50-minute tv film, “In The Border Country.”
Scola, John Boorman, Jim Sheridan, Thom Hoffman and Michelle Deville are among the guests scheduled to participate in seminars.