The Irish Film Festival, the official celebration of film, has announced it will launch a new year with a “special edition” of classic films that will be screened for the first time in the cinema in more than 30 years.
The event, the first of its kind, will take place at the Star Cinemas in the capital, Dublin, on December 6, and features a mix of original and remastered films.
The new programme will include films such as The Godfather (1972), The Big Sleep (1974), The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1976), The Long Goodbye (1986), The Road (1990), The Sting (1994), The Quiet Man (1995), The Girl from Ipanema (1996), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1997), The Wages of Fear (1999), The Last of the Mohicans (2003), The Black List (2007), The Untouchables (2010), The Dark Knight (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Butler (2016), The Princess Bride (2016) and many more.
The special edition will be presented on the cinema screens at the end of each month and feature a selection of original film-makers such as the legendary George Lucas, and acclaimed filmmakers such as Damien Chazelle and Steven Spielberg.
The films will be accompanied by an original score and audio commentary from award-winning Irish director, composer, arranger and composer/actress, and actor, actor and composer, David Gans.
“We want to take this opportunity to celebrate the life and work of those who have shaped cinema for generations, and to remind everyone that film is about everything,” said Mark Gavan, CEO of the Irish Film Industry.
“As the festival continues to grow and expand, we believe the Star Theatre will become the premier location for this new and exciting edition of the festival.
We hope to see the Star as a destination of film in 2018.”
The festival has been running since 1922, and the Star has hosted more than 80,000 screenings since it opened its doors in January 1916.
The film archive is thought to have been destroyed in the Second World War, but the Star still has the most extensive collection of films in the world, including the original negatives, negatives and digital images from all the major motion pictures released in the early 20th century.
The Star has been named the world’s best film-going destination in the past two years.
It has also hosted a number of major festivals over the years, including Film Week, Cinema Week, The New World Film Festival and Film International.