John Butler’s Handsome Devil has been set to close the Audi Dublin International Film Festival, on February 26, 2017. It will mark the Irish premiere of the comedy-drama. The festival is kicking off next year’s edition in Ireland’s capital on February 16.
Additionally, the fest has added Neasa Ni Chianáin’s documentary In Loco Parentis to its line-up. The film, which has been selected as one of the 12 docs to screen in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival last month, explores the real-life experience of kids in boarding school.
Handsome Devil stars Andrew Scott (Spectre, Sherlock) and Moe Dunford (Patrick’s Day) alongside emerging actors Nicholas Galitzine and Fionn O’Shea. Treasure Entertainment’s Rebecca O’Flanagan and Robert Walpole produce. The project, which screened at the Toronto Film Festival in September, follows the story of the unlikely friendship of boarding school roommates Ned and Conor who take an instant dislike to each other but are encouraged by their English teacher to find their own voices and defy the status quo of their rugby-obsessed school.
In Loco Parentis gives an inside to look into Headfort School, Ireland’s last remaining primary boarding school. It focuses on pupils who are either finding their place in school life or getting to move on to the next stage.
The Dublin International Film Festival takes place from February 16-26, 2017.