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Colin Firth (Ian West/PA)

Colin Firth (Ian West/PA)

Colin Firth (Ian West/PA)

A host of big names including Colin Firth, legendary American director Stanley Tucci and British filmmaker Steve McQueen have been unveiled as the star attractions at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival. 

The trio will join some well-known domestic talent in what promises to be an online celebration of the power of film “to bring people together and explore the world in new ways”.

Running from March 3-14, the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival (VMDIFF) has been re-imagined to bring audiences the best of new films and old classics in a safe environment.

Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth will return to the festival for a post-show discussion after the Virgin Media Opening Gala presentation of drama Supernova.

One of the highlights will be the in-conversation event between 12 Years a Slave director McQueen, and one of Ireland’s leading film makers, Mark O’Halloran.

"Since my first film, Hunger, I have formed many special bonds with my Irish collaborators," said McQueen.

"I look forward to talking to Mark about storytelling, and to a virtual visit with my friends in Ireland."

The curtains will also go up on the Irish selection that includes Rachel Carey’s dark comedy Deadly Cuts as this year’s Virgin Media Closing Gala; Cathal Nally’s gangster comedy Be Good or Be Gone, Ivan Kavanagh’s Son; Tadgh O’Sullivan’s acclaimed To the Moon; Piotr Domalewski’s moving exploration of the Polish/Irish experience I Never Cry, and horror comedy The Boys from County Hell from Chris Baugh.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director, said it had been a very different selection process this year.

“But as we finally announce the programme I’m extremely proud of this year’s line-up – there are some lovely premieres and previews, some old favourites and some wonderful discoveries and debuts from around the world,” she said.

“There is depth and diversity in the new world cinema programme, exciting new talent in the Irish programme and a dynamic documentary section.”

She added: “We have reached out to old and new friends to join us for our online presentation and the guest list is growing every day. I hope that this year’s programme will excite and delight both our regular attendees and attract new audiences to this year’s celebration of the best of independent cinema. It’s been a long climb to get here – but we believe the view is worth it.”

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