Irish premiere of Handsome Devil announced as Closing Night Gala at ADIFF17

The prestigious Closing Night Gala film at #ADIFF17 is the Irish premiere of Handsome Devil, John Butler’s (The Stag) new comedy-drama set in an Irish boarding school. Meanwhile, real-life experience of boarding school is expertly explored by director Neasa Ní Chianáin in the acclaimed documentary In Loco Parentis, which has its Irish premiere at the festival.

Handsome Devil features leading Irish acting talent Andrew Scott (Spectre, The Stag, Sherlock) and Moe Dunford (Patrick’s Day, Vikings) alongside emerging talents Nicholas Galitzine and Fionn O’Shea. Produced by Rebecca O’Flanagan and Robert Walpole for Treasure Entertainment and a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival, Handsome Devil is set to extend Irish films’ spectacular run of major international attention and is one of the essential films for 2017.

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Handsome Devil

Handsome Devil 
follows the story of the unlikely friendship of boarding school roommates Ned (Fionn O’Shea) and Conor (Nicholas Galitzine). Despite taking an instant dislike to each other they are encouraged by their English teacher Dan Sherry (Andrew Scott) to find their own voices and defy the status quo of their rugby-obsessed school. There are plenty of famous faces in the supporting cast with Amy Huberman making an appearance and her husband Brian O’Driscoll choreographing the top-notch, on-field action.

Director of Handsome Devil John Butler said: "It's such a thrill for any filmmaker to show their film at their home town festival - even more so when it happens to be a festival of the quality of DIFF, and more so again when it's the closing film. I can't wait!"

Producers from Treasure, Rebecca O’Flanagan and Robert Walpole said: "We have launched many of our favourite films at DIFF: The Stag, Viva and now Handsome Devil. We love the festival. Grainne and her great team always put together a fabulous programme and to be closing the festival again is a real honour for all of us at Treasure."

The acclaimed documentary In Loco Parentis, which has its Irish premiere at the festival, gives audience members an inside look at Headfort School, Ireland’s last remaining primary boarding school. Focusing on several pupils who are either finding their voice and place in school life or getting to move on to the next stage, the film is propelled by the extraordinary energy of the school’s longest serving teachers, husband and wife John and Amanda and their unflagging commitment to the children of the school.

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In Loco Parentis
has enjoyed great acclaim on the international festival circuit; it received its world premiere at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival and has been selected as one of 12 documentaries to screen in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Neasa Ní Chianáin, director of In Loco Parentis said: "We are delighted that our film In Loco Parentis is having its Irish premiere at ADIFF, because this is a festival that really connects Dublin audiences with filmmakers and creates a broad appreciation and awareness of Irish film that is unequalled elsewhere. Set in a truly unique Irish boarding school, In Loco Parentis uncorks some of the mystery of childhood through the lives of two extraordinary and committed teachers. The response internationally has been hugely positive and we hope it will connect equally as powerful with audiences at home."

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The Dublin International Film Festival is sponsored by Audi, its principal funder is the Arts Council and it is also in receipt of funding from the Irish Film Board.