Gabriel Byrne presented award on opening night
February 17, 2007
By Cian Ginty
The 5th Dublin International Film Festival started last night with a screening of Jindabyne at the Savoy Cinema on Dublin’s O’Connell Street.
After the screening, the festival director Michael Dwyer presented lead actor Gabriel Byrne with a lifetime achievement award. Introducing the award, Dwyer said it was named ‘Volta’ after the first ever cinema in Dublin, the Volta Cinema Theatre that opened in 1909.
“Getting a prize feels like been called up to the front of the class” Byrne said on stage at the Savoy. “It means an awful lot to me in my home town and it comes from the people of this town. And I can’t tell you how much it means to me, even though I’ve been out of Dublin for a long time I’ve never actual left it”.
The blue carpet, not red, was laid out for ‘The Escapist’ cast Brian Cox, Dominic Cooper and Joseph Fiennes, actor Sam Shepard, as well as Stephen Rea, Padraic Delaney, and Amy Huberman with Irish international rugby player Brian O’Driscoll.
The festival will run until next Sunday February 25, the line-up contains over 100 films in the four festival cinemas, the Screen, Savoy, Cineworld and the IFI.
Tickets can be booked by phoning 01 672 8861, by using the ‘Book Tickets’ section of this website, or at the film festival box-office at Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar.