Al Pacino with Irish President Michael D Higgins and Anna Malmhake, chair and CEO of Irish Distillers ahead of this evening's screening at the Savoy Cinema.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire
PRESIDENT HIGGINS has paid homage to Hollywood legend Al Pacino at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival this evening, presenting the actor and filmmaker with the Volta Festival Tribute Award.
Higgins was speaking at the screening of Al Pacino’s new Oscar Wilde-themed film, Wilde Salome. He commended Pacino’s versatility in front of and behind the camera, saying that “in terms of both quantity and quality, the Pacino portfolio is truly inspiring”.
The president spoke of Pacino’s journey towards stardom and how he had worked a variety of odd jobs to make ends meet while training as an actor.
“As we here in Ireland continue to develop our film and audiovisual production industry, and as we seek to demonstrate to the world our longstanding tradition of being a nation of storytellers,” Higgins added, “I believe that the example of perseverance and resilience in Al Pacino’s life-story should serve to inspire and encourage our highly talented practitioners here at home.”
In photos: Al Pacino arrives for JDIFF screening of Wilde Salome
Al Pacino arrives with his girlfriend Lucila Sola ahead of this evening's screening. (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
Pacino pictured with CEO of Irish Distillers, Anna Malmhake, President Michael D Higgins and Festival Director Grainne Humphries at the gala screening of his film 'Wilde Salome' at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
Pacino shares a moment with President Higgins and Lucila Sola at the Savoy Cinema this evening. (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
Al Pacino meets the fans as he attends the Jameson Dublin film festival showing of Wilde Salome at the Savoy Cinema. (Niall Carson/PA Images)
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