There will be a Special Presentation of GW Pabst's classic Pandora's Box (1929) in the 900-seater Savoy Cinema with live accompaniment from 3epkano.
New films include Katyn, Andrzej Wajda's uncovering of one of the worst war-time atrocities in his homeland when thousands of Polish officers, including Wajda's own father, were murdered by advancing Soviet troops. The star of Katyn, Danuta Stenka, will attend the Dublin screening.
Tom Kalin's long-awaited new feature Savage Grace spans almost 30 years, unwinding the story of Barbara Daly, played by Julianne Moore, a socialite who marries above her class to the heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune, Brooks Baekeland.
The world premiere screening of the Irish surfing documentary Waveriders will take place at the festival, uncovering the Atlantic swell on Ireland's remote western beaches for the generation who flocked to Stacy Peralta's Riding Giants. The film reveals an unexpected Irish connection to the international surfing fraternity surfing using extraordinary archive footage and contemporary interviews. Director Joel Conroy and Producer Margo Harkin will attend the screening.
Jonas Mekas, a driving force behind American independent cinema and the founder and artistic director of Anthology Film Archives in New York, will be a the subject of a special focus at the festival. JDIFF is bringing Mekas to Dublin and will present a short season of his work, including Guns of the Tree, Notes On the Circus, 3 Imperfect Three Image Films, and As I was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty.
Commenting on her initial selections, Humphreys said, 'With the programme nearly complete (90% of the films are confirmed) and the guest line-up coming together, I am very excited about my first programme for the 2008 JDIFF. I hope this sneak preview of some key titles in next year's festival gives filmgoers a small taster of what's to come. Tom Kalin's new film Savage Grace and Joel Conroy's Waveriders are from opposite ends of the filmmaking spectrum, while the special Savoy screening of G.W. Pabst's silent classic Pandora's Box and the short season of the work of experimental filmmaker Jonas Mekas, marks the festival's ongoing engagement with cinema of the past. Each generation of filmmakers influences those who come after them and the legacy of these two directors can still be seen today.'