Claudia Cardinale in "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968)
Claudia Cardinale in "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968)

Claudia Cardinale, the iconic Italian actress whose credits include several of the most revered films of the past six decades ("8 1/2," "The Leopard," "Once Upon a Time in the West," and "Fitzcarraldo," to name a few), will be in attendance to accept the Audi Dublin International Film Festival's Volta Award for lifetime achievement, along with fellow legend Dame Angela Lansbury.

Among the festival's other highlights are opening night selection "Sing Street," from "Once" director John Carney, which made a crowd-pleasing splash at Sundance; closing night selection "Viva," Ireland's Spanish-language Oscar entry; and festival-circuit favorites like "Arabian Nights," "Desierto," and "Nasty Baby."

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Sing Street
"Sing Street"

The festival's commitment to Irish filmmaking is further evidenced in the rest of the rich slate of homegrown titles, from Rebecca Daly’s "Mammal" and Declan Recks’ "The Truth Commissioner" to a number of provocative documentaries. 

On hand along with Cardinale and Lansbury will be Richard Gere ("Time Out of Mind"), directors Rebecca Miller ("Maggie's Plan"), Ben Wheatley ("High-Rise"), Joachim Trier ("Louder Than Bombs"), Neil Jordan — to mark the 20th anniversary of "Michael Collins" — and Oscar winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, who'll lead a seminar on composing for film. 

The 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival runs from February 18-28. Find more details and buy tickets here.