Eric Bana will attend the Gala Irish Premiere of The Secret Scripture and Sir John Hurt is remembered at ADIFF 2017 with a special screening of Snowpiercer.

One of Hollywood’s most admired leading men, Eric Bana, is set to visit Dublin for the Audi Dublin International Film Festival where he will join co-stars Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Reynor and Susan Lynch and director Jim Sheridan at the Gala Irish premiere of The Secret Scripture at the Savoy Cinema on Saturday 18th February at 19:30.

The Irish premiere of Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, a film with a legendary reputation that has never been screened in Ireland, has also been announced today to pay tribute to the late Sir John Hurt at 19.30 on Friday, 24th Feb in the Savoy Cinema. Presented courtesy of The Weinstein Company, the acclaimed science fiction thriller is set in a dystopian future and features a masterful recent performance from Hurt in the role of Gilliam.

Commenting on Eric Bana's visit Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director said ‘The Gala Irish Premiere screening of The Secret Scripture at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival with Jim Sheridan and Vanessa Redgrave in attendance was already a landmark event for Irish film in 2017. But to have Eric Bana jetting in for the Gala brings another dimension of glamour and significance. I’m delighted to welcome him back to Ireland for the festival.’

Gráinne Humphreys also paid tribute to Hurt saying, ‘This year, with great regret, we mark Sir John Hurt’s passing. He was one of the most important acting talents of the last 50 years and he had a strong and special relationship with Ireland, where for many years he made his home. He will be very much missed. A donation from the screening will be made to a charity of the Hurt family’s choice.’
Sir John Hurt’s widow Anwen Hurt said ’I cannot imagine a better tribute, nor one that would please John more, than Snowpiercer, a film of which he was immensely proud and that he championed so passionately.’

Book tickets for Snowpiercer | Sir John Hurt Tribute | Fri February 24 at 19:30, Savoy Cinema