This year's Dublin Film Festival (April 6-16) will open with the world premiere of Nora, directed by Pat Murphy, about the early relationship between Nora Barnacle and novelist James Joyce.

The screening will take place at UGC's city centre Virgin Cinema and the lead cast of Ewan McGregor, Susan Lynch and Peter MacDonald are expected to attend. Nora is the first completed production from Natural Nylon, the company set up by McGregor and fellow actors Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Johnny Lee Miller and Sean Pertwee.

Other titles confirmed to screen at Dublin include the Ireland-UK co-production Accelerator, Dutch comedy No Trains, No Planes, The Opportunists starring Christopher Walken, Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog, Beat Takeshi's Kikujiro and Canadian film Rollercoaster, which takes an unflinching look at the lives of teenagers.

The Dublin festival will also include programmes of French and Israeli cinema, retrospectives, short film sections and sidebar events. The full programme will be unveiled in early March.