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Gloss-ip: Paul Mescal At The Dublin International Film Festival 2023

The 21st annual film festival is underway and has already notched up some impressive gala openings …

The 21st Dublin International Film Festival is underway and has already notched up some impressive gala openings. Emily Watson and Paul Mescal, the stars of God’s Creatures, walked the red carpet at the Opening Gala, held in The Light House cinema, Dublin and hosted by Festival Director Gra?inne Humphreys.

The film, which will be in cinemas from March 24, is a quietly devastating drama set on the coast of Ireland. It is directed by New York based filmmakers Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmes, and is produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (Lady MacbethAmmonite). The screenplay was written by Shane Crowley based on a story he co-wrote with Cronin O’Reilly.

Paul Mescal and Emily Watson.

Paul Mescal presented his co-star Emily Watson with The Volta Award, the highest accolade in Irish film, at an intimate event among friends, cast members and the creative team. This award celebrates individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film; previous recipients have included Al Pacino, Daniel Day-Lewis, Kristin Scott Thomas, Martin Sheen, Paolo Sorrentino, Julie Andrews and Thierry Frémaux.

Sunlight was also screened in the Light House with actors Liam Carney and Barry Ward in attendance, as well as director Claire Dix, writer Ailbhe Keogan, and producer Roisin Murphy. The two-time IFTA-nominated director debut feature-length documentary, Broken Song, won the Audience Award at the Dublin International Film Festival in 2013, and in more recent times, Dix’s shorts have garnered several awards on the international festival circuit.

In addition, the world premiere of Barber also took place with cast attending including Aidan Gillen, Aisling Kearns, Helen Behan, Gary Lydon, Deirdre Donnelly, Liam Carney, Camille O’Sullivan, David O’Herlihy, Steve Wall, Nick Dunning and Gerard Mannix Flynn, as well as writer/director Fintan Connolly and co-writer Fiona Bergin.

DIFF continues its celebration of Irish and world cinema until March 4 with a packed programme of in-cinema screenings, Q&As, industry events alongside a selection of films also available online.

Click into the gallery below to see all the guests who attended.


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