The Sun and the Stars for Dublin International Film Festival 2024

Acclaimed star of French cinema Isabelle Huppert to receive VOLTA Award 

Screen adaptation of John McGahern’s That They Might Face The Rising Sun Closing Film



The world-class Dublin International Film Festival will return from Thursday 22nd February to Saturday 2nd March 2024, bringing the best of the silver screen to Dublin over ten action packed days. The full festival programme will be announced in January. 

In advance, the Festival is delighted to announce two exciting early programme highlights: screen legend Isabelle Huppert will receive the DIFF Volta Award, and festival closing night gala screening is the much-anticipated adaptation of John McGahern’s That They May Face The Rising Sun.  

Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said ” One of the finest actors of her generation, Isabelle Huppert has made an indelible impression on world cinema, her fearless performances, boundless curiosity and incredible work rate has defined modern French cinema. We relish the opportunity with our Festival audience to celebrate her career and her immense talent in presenting her with our Volta Award in person in Dublin.”

With a film career spanning six decades, Isabelle Huppert is renowned as being one of France’s hardest working and most accomplished actors. From early roles such as Claude Goretta’s The Lacemaker, for which she received the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer, through to her numerous roles working across different genres with Claude Chabrol, she has received scores of awards for her work, not least France’s highest honour the Légion d’Honneur. Huppert’s recent cinema roles include Mia Hansen-Love’s Things To Come, Michael Haneke’s Happy End, Neil Jordan’s Greta, Anthony Fabian Mrs Harris goes to Paris, and Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (for which she won a César, US Gotham Award, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress). 

Huppert will be awarded the Festival’s career achievement award, the Volta, named in honour of Ireland’s first dedicated cinema in Dublin, established by James Joyce in 1909. One of the highest accolades in Irish film, previous Volta Award recipients include Daniel Day Lewis, Al Pacino, Kristin Scott Thomas and Thierry Frémaux. Madame Huppert will be presented with the Volta at a special ‘In Conversation’ event. The festival is also excited to screen Madame Huppert’s new film, Sidonie au Japon, directed by Elise Girard.

Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in Ireland in the 1970’s, That They May Face The Rising Sun is an adaptation of the final novel from John McGahern, one of Ireland’s greatest novelists. Joe and Kate Ruttledge have returned from London to live and work among the small, close-knit community near to where Joe grew up. Now deeply embedded in life around the lake, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters around them unfolds through the rituals of work, play and the passing seasons as this enclosed world becomes an everywhere.  

“It is joy to close the festival with Pat Collins’s lyrical, tender adaptation of John McGahern’s final novel. It has a timeless quality and sensitivity are we are delighted to officially launch the film trailer with this announcement which gives a flavour of this cinematic gem,” said Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys.

Director Pat Collins said ”It’s a huge honour for us that the Irish premiere of That They May Face the Rising Sun is the Closing Film for this year’s DIFF. We have a long association with the festival and have had many special screenings there over the years and are delighted to be showing it here first.”

Directed by Pat Collins (Silence), the film stars Barry Ward (Jimmy’s HallBad Sisters) and Anna Bederke (Soul Kitchen, Sterben) in the lead roles. Lalor Roddy (Grabbers, God’s Creatures), Sean McGinley (Michael Collins, Braveheart), Ruth McCabe (Philomena, Joy Ride) and first-time actor Phillip Dolan make up the rich cast of supporting characters.   

Break Out Pictures will release the film theatrically in Ireland and the UK in 2024, with audiences getting a unique opportunity to see it early in the festival.  

Tickets for That They May Face The Rising Sun are now on sale at www.diff.ie

Audiences can join DIFF’s Mailing List to be among the first to access tickets to Isabelle Huppert’s exclusive Volta presentation event, with 24hr priority booking available to those who sign up. Join at www.diff.ie

With the festive season fast approaching make this Christmas special for the film fan in your life with an Early Bird Season Ticket or Bundle.  Priced at €220, the Early Bird Season Ticket entitles the holder to 1 ticket to everything in the festival, including 1 Gala, as well as priority booking for this unmissable event. Early Bird Ticket Bundles are also available with 6 tickets for €50 and 12 tickets for €100* onwww.diff.ie 

In other Festival news The Board at DIFF are delighted to announce two exciting additions to the Board, Sian Redmond Director of Marketing Partnerships, Live Nation Ireland and Neal Davies, CEO at BBDO Dublin. 

Welcoming Ms Redmond and Mr. Davies DIFF Chairperson Trish Long said, “I am delighted to welcome both Sian and Neal to the Board of DIFF.  Highly accomplished and dynamic as they are, we know they will be truly additive to the passionate and hardworking DIFF board. I know their sharing of their expertise and unique insights will make a true contribution to our ambitious future growth plans for DIFF.” 

Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) is Ireland’s premier film event, dedicated to presenting the best in contemporary and classic world cinema. It brings the world to Ireland and showcases Ireland to the world. With a rich history spanning several decades, DIFF showcases a diverse selection of films, hosts industry events, and fosters a vibrant film culture in Dublin.

Over the past 22 years, it has screened more than 1,600 international films from over 52 countries. The Festival has hosted over 600 high profile guests, including Al Pacino, Angela Lansbury, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Danny DeVito, Ennio Morricone, Joss Whedon, Julie Andrews, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stanley Tucci, and Stellan Skarsgård. 

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