Julie Andrews, Russell Crowe Among Stars Heading to Dublin Film Festival

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'The Sound of Music' and Stanley Kubrick's 'Barry Lyndon' will get special anniversary screenings, with Kim Cattrall, Kenneth Branagh and Saoirse Ronan also attending.

The Dublin Film Festival is gearing up for its launch on Thursday with a slew of stars and special anniversary screenings.

The Sound of Music will close this year's Dublin International Film Festival at the end of the month, 50 years after the iconic movie's first release.

Julie Andrews is set to attend the event, giving a public interview before the film's closing night screening on March 29. Andrews also will receive the festival's Volta lifetime achievement award, named after Ireland's first dedicated cinema, opened in 1909 by James Joyce.

Other major names attending the event include Russell Crowe, Alan Rickman and Kenneth Branagh.

Crowe will be bringing his well-received directorial debut The Water Diviner, while Rickman comes with his latest work from behind the camera, the period drama A Little Chaos. A week before it's released across Ireland on March 27, Branagh will introduce his live-action adaptation of Cinderella and is also set to receive a Volta award. All three stars will be taking part in Q&As. 

For the 40th anniversary of Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick's satirical tale of a fictional Irish rogue that was mostly shot around the country, the film's star Ryan O'Neal will attend a special presentation alongside the late director's longtime executive producer (and brother-in-law) Jan Harlan. Harlan will be taking part in a master class for producers.

Kim Cattrall will attend for a special screening of the HBO Canada show Sensitive Skin, due to return for a second season this year, while festival favorite Saoirse Ronan will appear for a screening of Ryan Gosling's neo-noir fantasy Lost River.