Fresh Eire at fest

'Travellers,' 'Path' also in Dublin film fete

DUBLIN — Declan Lowney’s new Irish comedy “Wild About Harry,” starring Brendan Gleeson, kicks off the Miller 16th Dublin Film Festival, which runs April 20-29. Non-competitive fest, which will unspool 77 features and 31 shorts, will also screen the world premiere of Sarah Share’s revealing doc on former Pogues singer/songwriter Shane McGowan in “If I Should Fall From Grace.”

Other Irish doc features include Alen MacWeeney and John T. Davis’ “Travellers” and Jaap Mees’ piece on traditional Irish musicians, “Off the Beaten Path.” Other music docs include Fernando Trueba’s Latin jazz “Calle 54” and “Well Done, Now Sod Off,” Ben Unwin’s piece on music iconoclasts Chumbawamba. On the fiction side, Michael Haneke’s “Code Inconnu,” Lukas Moodysson’s “Together,” Tom Tykwer’s “The Princess and the Warrior” and Kim Ki-Duk’s “The Isle” will be screened with Dogma titles “Reunion” and “The King Is Alive.” U.S. indie fare includes Michael Rauch’s “In the Weeds,” Stacy Cochran’s “Drop Back Ten” and Thomas Bezucha’s “Big Eden.”

A country and western music-themed sidebar features films such as “Sweet Dreams,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Tender Mercies” and “Nashville,” while a retrospective “Flashback” sidebar from fests past includes “Le Confessionel” and “The Castle” from Rob Sitch, whose “The Dish” closes this year’s event.