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The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 has begun! Already the year’s seminal celebration of cinema in the fair city of film has held numerous exciting events. Just this morning, Irish filmmaker Paddy Breathnach hosted a workshop with Sean Bailey of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, engaging Irish industry professionals with one of the most prominent players. Young minds got a chance to have an early look at The Kid Who Would Be King, Joe Cornish’s exciting family adventure film. There’s a lot to keep track of and the festival hasn’t even had it’s Opening Gala yet, formally launching tonight with the Irish premiere of John Butler’s latest film, Papi Chulo .To help our readers navigate through this fantastic fortnight of film, we’ve picked out a couple of highlights from this year’s programme. You can check out the full schedule here but before then, make sure to give our highlights a look:

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Different sponsor, same great programming – DIFF, now the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, is back. The programme for the Dublin International Film Festival 2019 was launched in the fair city of film yesterday afternoon and tickets are flying off the shelf for a trove of fantastic films now.

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The Fantastic Flix programme for the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 is looking really fantastic – a diverse selection that celebrates films for young people from all over the world. Among the highlights of the programme announced so far is the attendance of director Joe Cornish for a screening of his latest film The Kid Who Would Be King, but a simple meet-and-greet isn’t all the director has in store when he arrives to Dublin for the 13th of February.

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The announcements are starting to roll in for the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 and frankly there might not be many more exciting that the news that comedy classic The Muppet Movie is going to be screening all over the fair city of film this February, as part of VMDIFF19’s Fantastic Flix programme.

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Director: Andrew Haigh Starring: Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Travis Fimmel, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Zahn Runtime: 121 Minutes

Lean On Pete is one of those rare films that values authenticity over sentimentality. No Hollywood sheen tints the lens. No overstated points on rural America’s current economic climate are made. No faux sense of understanding for the countryside’s cuts and bruises is offered up. Instead, Lean On Pete uses an understated approach, opting for honest storytelling over cheap mawkishness. The characters that occupy this land and the stories they tell are important to the filmmakers, yet nothing is ever overly dramatic or artificial.

It is here that we are introduced to Charley Thompson (Plummer); a young boy who traverses the blistering Oregon deserts to find his last known relative living thousands of miles away. Accompanying Charley on his journey is Lean On Pete, a failing racehorse who Charley forms a great bond with after securing a summer job in a local stables. Although it seems like a simple story on the outside, Lean On Pete is told with wonderful tenderness, compassion and sincerity, making for one of the most devastatingly beautiful movies of 2018.

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The full programme for ADIFF 2018 has officially launched. With over 100 feature films being screened, international stars visiting, seven world premieres and plenty of Irish ones, Dublin’s biggest film festival is looking better than ever. Setting the stage for the year to come in the fair city of film, the Audi Dublin International Film Festival is one of the most exciting times of the year for Irish film fans and this year’s programme promises the chance to see some of this year’s most eagerly anticipated movies.

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Have you got an itch for art and a taste for horror? Ever dreamed of turning yourself into a zombie? Kids aged nine and up will have the chance to learn how to transform into a spooky zombie as part of the fun of this year’s Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

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Director: Elisabeth Subrin Starring: Maggie Siff, Cara Seymour, John Ortiz Running time: 97 minutes

A Woman, A Part is visual nourishment. The performances are understated, the set and camera work graceful. The film is an intimate exploration of Anna, played by Maggie Siff who is best known for her roles in Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy respectively, as she struggles to decide whether she is giving too much of herself to her acting or is simply paying her dues. Anna returns to New York for “a real break, not a work break, not a charity drive, not a cleanse” on the advice of her concerned agent. While there, she has to face former acting partners and friends Kate and Isaac, who are still raw from her abandoning them in the middle of a show way back when.

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The full programme for the 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival has been announced, with a very exciting selection of films. Seàna Kerslake, festival director Grainne Humphreys and Richard Molley, Head of Marketing and Product at Audi Ireland were on hand Wednesday morning at the Hugh Lane Gallery for a photo call for Dublin’s biggest film festival, which spans from the 16th to the 26th of February. The 15th edition since its revival in 2003, the festival’s programme was officially launched at Eden Quay’s Laughter Lounge yesterday evening. Kerslake, star of A Date For Mad Mary and one of Ireland’s fast-rising acting talents, will be on the jury this year for the ADIFF Discovery Award. Featuring eagerly anticipated films from Ireland and around the world and a number of special guests, February 2017 promises to be the most exciting time of the year for Dublin film fans, spanning righy across the screens of the city’s cinemas, including the Savoy, Light House, Cineworld and IFI.

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As the schedule for the 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival continues to be put together, a first look of what is quite possibly one of the most anticipated movies of the year was announced yesterday for the festival’s Fantastic Flix strand for 4-16 year olds. Fans of Lego, Batman and combinations thereof are sure to take an interest in a sneak preview of The LEGO® Batman Movie.The launch screening is set to take place on Saturday 4th Feb 2017 at 11.00 at Movies@Dundrum, with the added excitement of a family-friendly pre-screening festival party at the cinema. Fantastic Flix brings the best cinema for children and young people from around the world to film fans in Dublin from 4th -25th February.

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